Houston — The Houston Astros announced today that they have signed veteran pitcher Josh Hamilton to a four-year, $52 million contract.
The deal is worth $21 million per season and includes $8.5 million in incentives.
It will be Hamilton’s eighth contract with an MLB team.
He joins a rotation that features Mike Fiers, Corey Kluber, Dan Straily, David Price and Trevor Bauer.
Hamilton was named AL Cy Young Award winner in 2017 after going 8-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 38 appearances.
He was also the AL Cy New York Award winner, which is named for the late great pitcher Frank Thomas, who pitched for the New York Yankees from 1964 to 1968.
He was the first pitcher in MLB history to throw at least 300 innings and reach 200 wins, while posting a 1:10 ERA in nine starts.
Hamilton will serve as the Astros’ No. 1 starter, behind starter Dallas Keuchel and closer Francisco Rodriguez.
The Astros acquired Hamilton in the offseason from the New Jersey Devils, who traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans in the trade that sent Mike Trout to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Marcell Ozuna.
The 23-year-old Hamilton, a former first-round pick, has pitched in four professional seasons, including five starts this season.
He started his professional career in 2016, when he pitched for New Hampshire, posting a 2.98 ERA in 25 starts.