Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros have signed outfielder
Trevor Crowe and pitchers Sergio Escalona, Edgar Gonzalez and Jose Valdez to
minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.
Escalona missed the entire 2012 campaign while recovering from left elbow
surgery, but had a successful 2011 season before the injury. The left-hander
posted a 2-1 record and a 2.93 earned run average in 49 games for the Astros.
Gonzalez, 29, made six starts for Houston last season after having his
contract purchased on Sept. 3 and went 3-1 with a 5.04 ERA.
Valdez was also a September call-up in 2012, compiling a 2.25 ERA over 12
Crowe split his 2012 campaign between the Indians and Angels minor league
systems. He was drafted 14th overall by Cleveland in 2005 and owns a career
.245 average with 34 doubles and 29 steals in 205 games, all with Cleveland.
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