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Astros won't bring back Geoff Blum, picking $150,000 buyout

Oct 4, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

Geoff Blum was Houston’s Opening Day first baseman, but yesterday the Astros informed the 37-year-old utility man that he will not be back in 2011.
Rather than exercise their $1.65 million option the Astros will give Blum a $150,000 buyout and he’ll go in search of another bench job after hitting his usual .267/.321/.356 in 218 plate appearances.
Houston’s remarkable turnaround this season is obviously represented plenty well by their 17-34 start followed by a 59-52 finish, but going from thinking Blum was a viable replacement for Lance Berkman at first base to not even wanting him back next year at the relatively lost cost of $1.65 million also tells a pretty convincing story of the team’s in-season improvement.

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