Monday, January 09, 2006

Reds sign Aurilia; Astros sign Miller

Rich Aurilia will remain with the Cincinnati Reds.

The infielder agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract Sunday, a deal that includes a $2 million mutual option for 2007.

Aurilia batted .282 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs for the Reds last season, his first in Cincinnati. He started 68 games at second base, 30 at shortstop and 18 at third.

If the 34-year-old Aurilia has 400 plate appearances this year, a $100,000 buyout would kick in if the option is declined. If he has 450 plate appearances, the buyout amount would increase to $200,000.

The Reds declined a $2 million mutual option on Aurilia in October and offered him salary arbitration last month.


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Relief pitcher Trever Miller and the Houston Astros reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract Sunday.

Miller is scheduled to be in Houston for a physical on Monday, and he must pass for the deal to be completed.

The left-hander spent the past two seasons with Tampa Bay, then became a free agent when the Devil Rays did not offer him a contract by the Dec. 20 deadline. He appeared in 61 games last season, going 2-2 with a 4.06 ERA.

Miller's deal with the NL champion Astros would include an option for 2007 that could become guaranteed depending on his performance next season.

Miller has a 10-11 career record with a 4.66 ERA and seven saves in 305 major league games. He spent 1998-99 with Houston, and has also pitched for Detroit, Philadelphia, the
Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto.

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