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Astros sign three

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by rikesh316, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. rikesh316

    rikesh316 Member

    Sep 28, 2002
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    The Houston Astros announced on Thursday that they signed two position players and a pitcher to minor league contracts and invited them to Spring Training. Outfielder Charles Gipson, left-hander Phil Norton and first baseman Carlos Rivera bring the total of non-roster invitees to eight.
    Gipson, 32, spent most of the '04 season with Triple-A Durham, where he hit .296 with two homers and 27 RBIs over 96 games. He played in five games for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, recording two hits in four at-bats.

    In parts of seven big league seasons with Seattle (1998-02), the Yankees (2003) and Tampa Bay ('04), Gipson has a .239 average (74-for-310) with 14 doubles, seven triples, 15 stolen bases and 29 RBIs.

    Texarkana native Norton, 28, was 2-5 with a 5.07 ERA over 69 games for the Cincinnati Reds in 2004. He walked 38 and struck out 48 over 65 2/3 innings. Over 92 career Major League appearances with the Cubs (2000, '03) and Reds ('04), Norton is 2-6 with a 5.07 ERA.

    Rivera, 26, hit .200 (3-for-15) with one RBI over seven games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2004. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Nashville, where he hit .292 (91-for-312) with 17 homers and 50 RBIs. Over 85 career games with the Pirates, Rivera has a .218 average with three homers and 11 RBIs.

    Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


    Rivera kid is intresting since he is pretty young and left handed with decent power. Norton is decent and may make team.
  2. leroy

    leroy Contributing Member

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