Astros place Roberto Osuna on waivers, setting stage for free agency: Report

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By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Closer Roberto Osuna will likely become a free agent after the Astros placed him on outright waivers, according to a report.

If Osuna clears waivers and elects free agency, it is essentially the Astros not tendering his $10 million salary for 2021, The Athletic's Jake Kaplan reports.

Osuna pitched just 4 1/3 innings in four games this season before being sidelined with an elbow injury.

His absence put late-inning reliever Ryan Pressly in the closer role, but the Astros are likely to pursue bullpen depth this offseason.

Osuna was traded to the Astros from the Toronto Blue Jays two years ago while serving a 75-game suspension under Major League Baseball's policy covering domestic violence.

In 2018, Osuna posted a 1.99 ERA IN 22 2/3 innings pitched, with 19 strikeouts and just three walks. He recorded 12 saves in 23 games.

In 2019, Osuna led the league with 38 saves and posted a 2.63 ERA in 65 innings pitched. Osuna struck out 73 and walked just 12.