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Indians Free Agent Reliever Joe Smith Set to Ink with the Houston Astros

The Indians bullpen took a big hit last night with losing Bryan Shaw to the Rockies, and today it appears they are going to lose another free agent, as Joe Smith is heading to the World Series Champion Houston Astros.

Smith came back to the Indians last season in a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays in a deal that was a homecoming, and was with the team out of the pen through the postseason.

Overall he threw in 59 games between the Indians and Astros, and posted a 3.33 ERA, striking out 71 and walking 10 in 54 innings. He earned one save in 21 outings with the Indians.

The move comes hours after the team sent relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong to the Seattle Mariners for International Pool Bonus Money.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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