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Astros, Nelson Figueroa avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Dec 1, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

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Nelson Figueroa was a non-tender candidate heading into his first season of arbitration eligibility, but the Astros have avoided having to make a decision on him before tomorrow night’s deadline by signing him to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

Figueroa has bounced around for a decade in the majors and minors, but pitched well for the Astros and Phillies this season with a 3.29 ERA and 73/34 K/BB ratio in 93 innings.

General manager Ed Wade indicated that Figueroa will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation and he has plenty of bullpen experience if the Astros decide to move him there instead. Despite being 36 years old Figueroa has just now accumulated enough service time to be arbitration eligible. He was claimed off waivers from the Phillies in July.

  1. Jonny 5 - Dec 1, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Awesome move by Houston. This guy is totally worth it. The Phills couldn’t keep him, and it’s the only reason he’s not in red stripes still.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 1, 2010 at 5:03 PM

      Though I was never entirely sure why they couldn’t keep him. There was nobody else they could have dumped? Maybe Eddie will ship him back.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 1, 2010 at 6:28 PM

        I know, right……. I kind of liked him.

      • Utley's Hair - Dec 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM

        And they dumped him twice last year, too. If he was still here, he might even be battling for the 5 hole right now—well, in Clearwater, anyway.

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