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The Astros have signed right-handed pitchers Edgar Gonzalez and Jose Valdez to Minor League contracts with invites to Spring Training. They were both outrighted and removed from the 40-man roster on Nov. 1.
Gonzalez, 29, went 3-1 with a 5.04 ERA in six starts for the Astros last season after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sept. 3. He has pitched in parts of eight Major League seasons with Arizona (2003-08), Oakland (2009), Colorado (2011) and Houston (2012).
Gonzalez is expected to compete for a spot in the back end of the Astros’ pitching rotation.
Here are Gonzalez’s contract details: Minor League contract for $15,000/month. Agreement for Major League contract for $90,000. $525,000 in Majors. Plus: $25,000 for 20 games; $25,000 for 22 games; $25,000 for 24 games; $25,000 for 26 games; $25,000 for 28 games; $50,000 for 30 games; $100,000 for 32 games. Major League invitation to Spring Training.
Valdez, 29, compiled a 2.25 ERA in 12 relief appearances after being a September callup for the Astros last season. He spent the majority of his season with Oklahoma City, where he posted a 4.95 ERA with 21 saves in 46 relief appearances.
Here are Valdez’s contract details: Minor League contract for $15,000/month. Agreement for Major League contract for $100,000. $500,000 in Majors. If not on Major League roster, Player may sign with Japan for $50,000 if prior to March 31; $100,000 if after March 31 OR will be added to roster within 48 hours. Major League invitation to Spring Training.
The Astros will try to win consecutive games for the first time this season when they send J.A. Happ to the mound in the second game of a four-game series against the Padres tonight at Minute Maid Park.
Earlier on Friday, the Astros placed right-handed pitcher Wilton Lopez on the 15-day disabled list — backdated to April 14 — due to irritation of the ulnar nerve in his right elbow.
To replace Lopez, the Astros have purchased the contract of 28-year-old right-handed pitcher Jose Valdez from Triple -A Oklahoma City. Valdez, who is scheduled to arrive at Minute Maid Park today, is 1-0 in three relief appearances for the RedHawks with a 2.45 ERA and two saves.
Valdez earned his second save of the season last night, hurling a scoreless inning in the RedHawks 6-5 win at Nashville (14 pitches, nine strikes). This will be the first Major League stint for Valdez, who will wear No. 60.
Here is today’s lineup:
CF Michael Bourn
SS Angel Sanchez
RF Hunter Pence
LF Carlos Lee
1B Brett Wallace
2B Bill Hall
3B Chris Johnson
C Humberto Quintero
P J.A. Happ