HOUSTON, TX - The Astros have agreed to minor league contracts with OF Travis Buck and OF-1B Nick Stavinoha, General Manager Ed Wade announced.
Both deals include invites to Spring Training as non-roster players.
Buck, 27, spent the 2011 season with the Cleveland Indians where he hit .228 (34x149) in 50 games for the Major League club with two home runs and 18 RBI. He also appearend in 36 games at Triple A Columbus in 2011. Buck was originally a first-round draft pick of the Oakland A's in 2005 out of Arizona State University. He has spent parts of the last five seasons (2007-11) in the Major Leagues, posting a .245 average (181x736) in 220 games with 20 home runs and 89 RBI. Buck hit .288 in 82 games during his rookie season with the A's in 2007 with seven homers and 34 RBI with a .377 on-base-pct. He was named the A's top prospect by Baseball America in 2007.
Stavinoha, 29, had been in the Cardinals organization since being selected in the 7th round of the 2005 First Year Player Draft. Stavinoha was one of the top hitters in minor league baseball in 2011 while at Triple A Memphis, finishing T-1st in the Pacific Coast League in RBI with 109 and T-5th in home runs with 28, while posting a .270 average. Prior to 2011, he had spent parts of the previous three seasons (2008-10) with the Cardinals big club. In 147 career Major League games, he has a .234 average (62x265) with four home runs and 30 RBI. Stavinoha was one of the NL's top pinch-hitters in 2010, posting a .283 average (15x53) in the pinch with two home runs.