Astros, Biggio eager to continue partnership

Astros, Biggio eager to continue partnership

Astros, Biggio eager to continue partnership
HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane said Wednesday he plans to renew the personal services contract of team icon Craig Biggio, who has served as a special assistant to the general manager since his retirement following the 2007 season.

Biggio has been working full-time since 2008 as the head baseball coach at St. Thomas High School in Houston, but he's been around Minute Maid Park routinely the last few years and has made annual trips to Spring Training. Crane said Biggio will remain part of the organization.

"His contract has expired, but we're going to get him back on the team, and he's ready to do that," Crane said. "We just haven't gotten to that yet. We want to keep Craig as one of our spokespersons. We're going to work to make sure he's here."

Biggio is eager to help the Astros get back on track.

"We're going to get this thing worked out," he said. "They took control of the club [in November] and have a lot of things to digest and process and go through. It's all going to get worked out. We'll sit down and figure out the title and the status. My involvement is I want to be part of getting this team back to winning again."

Jeff Bagwell, who also has had a personal services contract with the Astros in the past, is also welcome to remain involved with the club, Crane said.

"I haven't talked to Jeff in a while, but we'll be reaching out to him, too," Crane said. "All the alumni that have participated in the past -- I visited with Larry [Dierker] and saw Jimmy Wynn today -- we're reaching out to all the guys to see how we can keep them involved and utilize them to reach out to the fans."

Former Astros owner Drayton McLane signed Roger Clemens to a 10-year personal services contract upon the completion of his playing days, and Crane said that contract is still in effect. Clemens played with the Astros from 2004-06 and retired after playing the 2007 season with the Yankees.

"I haven't talked to Roger, but the phone lines are open whenever he wants to call," Crane said. "We may reach out to Roger."

Brian McTaggart is reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.