I think this is a great pick up for the Astros. He's a lefty and can work out of the bullpen or give you starter innings when needed. KISSIMMEE, FLA. -- Houston Astros General Manager Gerry Hunsicker announced today that the club has signed lefthander Bruce Chen to a minor league contract. Chen will join the Astros in Major League camp tomorrow. Chen, 25, was released from Cincinnati Reds camp March 10 and was 0-2 with a 4.31 ERA (19ER/39.2IP) for the Reds last season. He pitched for two other teams last season in addition to the Reds, the New York Mets and Montreal. He pitched 0.2 scoreless innings for the Mets in 2002 and was 2-3 with a 6.99 ERA (29ER/37.1IP) in 15 appearances (five starts) for the Expos last season. He was acquired by Cincinnati from Montreal on June 14, 2002, in exchange for righthander Jim Brower. Chen also previously pitched for Atlanta in Philadelphia in his career. In parts of five Major League seasons, he is 20-18 with a 4.53 ERA (216ER/429.0) in 139 career appearances (59 starts).