- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros have signed right-handed pitcher Nelson Figueroa to a one-year, $900,000 contract that includes incentives.

The deal announced Wednesday avoids arbitration with the 35-year-old Figueroa. He was claimed off waivers by Houston in July and went 5-3 with a 3.22 ERA in 18 games, including 10 starts. He also pitched for Philadelphia and was 7-4 with a 3.29 ERA for the season.

Figueroa has 137 career appearances with six major league teams.

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