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Castro, Sipp, Conger avoid arbitration

The Astros reached one-year deals with catchers Jason Castro ($4 million) and Hank Conger ($1.075 million) and left-handed pitcher Tony Sipp ($2.4 million) prior to Friday’s deadline for arbitration eligible players to exchange numbers with their teams.

The club had previously reached deals with designated hitter Chris Carter ($4.175 million) and backup catcher Carlos Corporan ($975,000) this week, leaving them with two players still unsigned: outfielder Dexter Fowler and infielder Marwin Gonzalez.

Castro, who made $2.45 million last year, was arbitration eligible for the second time.

“It was right where we thought we wanted to be, where we kind of fit in with the market and all that,” Castro said. “We didn’t have a whole lot of conversations with the team prior to today, not as much as last year. The gap we were looking last year just wasn’t there this year and we had a more clear picture where’d end up.”

After making the All-Star team in 2013, Castro hit just .222 last year with 14 homers and 56 RBIs in a career-high 126 games. Sipp flourished after signing with the Astros in May, posting a 3.38 ERA in 56 games (50 2/3 innings).

Conger, traded to the Astros from the Angels in November, has played in 251 games with the Angels in the past five years in a backup role and will serve in a similar capacity behind Castro. Conger is a career .224 hitter who last season batted .221 with four homers and 25 RBIs in 80 games.

After the players and the teams exchange desired salary figures for 2015, they can continue to negotiate contracts. If no agreements are reached, the players and the teams will next month present their cases before an arbitration panel, which will choose either the team’s figure of the player’s desired salary. Most deals are reached prior to that, however.

Astros agree to terms with Sipp

The Astros bolstered their bullpen Friday by agreeing to terms veteran left-hander Tony Sipp to a Major League contract. To make room for him on the roster, right-hander Paul Clemens was optioned to Triple-A, and right-hander Jesse Crain was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Sipp’s agent, Hunter Bledsoe, said he could earn up to $700,000 with incentives.

Sipp had appeared in 11 games this season at Triple-A El Paso of the San Diego organization, going 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 14 2/3 innings. He asked for his release from the Padres after it became clear a big league opportunity wasn’t on the horizon.

The 30-year-old comes to the Astros with a career 3.84 ERA in 304 appearances with the Indians (2009-12) and the D-backs last season. He’s held lefties to a .224 average in his career and righties to a .209 mark.

“It’s definitely kind of a better chance coming to a club searching for some kind of stability and me just, not trying to make a name for myself, but to almost prove to yourself that you still have the same success that you had the last few years,” Sipp said. “I had a down year last year, and to get an opportunity to go out there and prove yourself, prove to everyone else that this is where you belong, that’s what every player wants. I want to make a home, and there’s no better place than Houston.”

He’ll provide help to an Astros bullpen that ranks last in the Majors in ERA at 5.86 and is tied for the most blown saves with six. He’ll join Raul Valdes, who allowed three earned runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings in seven games this year, as the lefties in the bullpen. Kevin Chapman began the year as the lefty specialist, but was optioned to Triple-A after giving up five runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Sipp joins fellow veterans Chad Qualls and Matt Albers in the bullpen, though Albers is on the disabled list.

“Just like anything, you want to sit back and get acquainted with the guys before I start giving my input,” he said.

Clemens, 26, has made four appearances for the Astros this season, posting a 4.73 ERA. He pitched on Wednesday against Washington, tossing 3 1/3 innings, while allowing one run.

Crain, 32, has been on the disabled list the entire season while recovering from offseason surgery on his right biceps. He currently is rehabbing at the Astros’ Spring Training complex in Florida, throwing off flat ground, after being diagnosed with bursitis last week.

Sipp on his away to help Astros bullpen

The Astros will sign veteran left-hander Tony Sipp to add to their bullpen, a source confirmed for MLB.com on Thursday. The team hasn’t commented.

Sipp had appeared in 11 games this season at Triple-A El Paso of the San Diego organization, going 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 14 2/3 innings. He asked for his release from the Padres after it became clear a big league opportunity wasn’t on the horizon.

Sipp, 30, comes to the Astros with a career 3.84 ERA in 304 appearances with the Indians (2009-12) and the D-backs last season. He’s held lefties to a .224 average in his career and righties to a .209 mark.

He’ll provide help to an Astros bullpen that ranks last in the Majors in ERA at 5.86 and is tied for the most blown saves with six.

The only left-hander currently in the bullpen is Raul Valdes, who allowed three  earned runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings in seven games this year. Kevin Chapman began the year as the lefty specialist, but was optioned to Triple-A after giving up five runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.

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