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Astros Sign Mike Hampton

So much for the Braves considering keeping the oft perma-injured Mike Hampton on for a make-good season; Hampton's going to pitch for the Astros.

FOX 26 TV in Houston broke the signing this afternoon, with Ken Rosenthal swooping in shortly thereafter to confirm the pact is a one-year deal worth $2 million guaranteed, with Hampton able to earn another $2 million based on appearance bonuses.

Hampton is coming off a 3-4 season (a total of 78 innings) in which he held a 4.85 ERA with the Braves. Why such a small sampling? Because, shock of all shocks, he was injured. Again. Needless to say, the appearance incentive in his new deal is a nice play-safe bet from the Astros.

From the pitcher's standpoint, this is a chance for Hampton to return to the franchise with whom he saw his greatest success. Hampton pitched in the city that hosts the Intercoastal Canal from 1994-99, with his 22-4 1999 season earning him his lone Cy Young ... and an enormous pay day two years later with the Rockies.

Will Hampton be healthy enough to earn any of that $2 million incentive clause? That's anyone's bet, though it'd make for one of the more fascinating proposition bets around, if that were legal in this country, of course.

By Cameron Smith  |  December 1, 2008; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Astros , Braves  
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At the reported $2M plus performance bonuses, Hampton is a good deal for the Astros - At best, he'll anchor the #4-5SP slot & if he punks out again, it's only a one-year deal.

Posted by: BinM | December 1, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Cameron: Will the WaPo be posting an Arbitration-offered summary tomarrow, or will the few true baseball freaks have to glean the data elsewhere?

Posted by: BinM | December 1, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Also, what about posting something on the HOF finalists for 2009? That might be a string that would bring some interest. The list & a vote link could be enough...

Posted by: BinM | December 1, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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