Astros sign three players to Minor League deals

Astros sign three players to Minor League deals

Astros sign three players to Minor League deals
HOUSTON -- The Astros on Monday signed right-handed pitchers Alberto Arias and Jose Valdez and left-hander Xavier Cedeno to Minor League contracts. All three were outrighted by the club earlier this month.

Arias, who has missed most of the last two seasons due to surgery on his right shoulder, last pitched for the Astros in 2009 and was 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 42 games. Cedeno and Valdez made their Major League debuts last season and have been invited to Major League Spring Training.

Cedeno, 25, began the season at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he earned Texas League All-Star honors with a 5-6 record in 23 games, a 3.95 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 111 2/3 innings. He was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he made 12 appearances, ending with combined 7-9 record and 4.38 ERA before appearing in three games for the Astros.

Valdez, 28, also made his Major League debut with the Astros last season, appearing in 12 games in relief with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings. He also spent time at Oklahoma City, where he was 1-0 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 relief appearances with nine saves and 26 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. He is 36-32 in 235 career Minor League appearances (56 starts) with a 3.54 ERA and 32 saves.

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