Joe Smith, champion Houston Astros agree to 2-year contract

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Joe Smith #38 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after striking out Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees in the ninth inning during game two of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on October 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Right-hander Joe Smith and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year contract.

The 33-year-old was 3-0 with one save and 71 strikeouts over 54 innings in 59 relief appearances this year for Toronto and Cleveland, which reacquired him for a pair of minor leaguers at the July 31 trade deadline. Smith pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings over four games in the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees.

Smith is 44-28 with a 2.97 ERA in 698 relief appearances over 11 big league seasons that also included time with the New York Mets (2007-08), Cleveland (2009-13, the Los Angeles Angels (2014-16) and the Chicago Cubs (2016).

His deal was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings, and Houston said Smith will be introduced at a news conference Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

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