Astros ink five to Minor League deals

Astros ink five to Minor League deals

HOUSTON -- The Astros made five non-roster signings official on Monday, confirming they inked two outfielders, two infielders and a pitcher to Minor League deals.

They signed outfielders Reggie Abercrombie and John Gall, right-hander Clay Hensley and infielders Mark Saccomanno and Jason Smith, and offered all five invites to Major League Spring Training.

Of the five, Abercrombie and Saccomanno played for the Astros in 2008. Abercrombie, 27, hit .309 (17-for-55) with five doubles, two homers and five RBIs in 34 games with Houston, while the 28-year-old Saccomanno had two hits in 10 at-bats over 10 games.

Saccomanno hit a home run in his first big league at-bat Sept. 8, becoming the fourth player in franchise history to homer in his first plate appearance.

Gall, 30, hit .312 with 29 doubles, 12 home runs and 76 RBIs over 98 games for Triple-A Albuquerque of the Marlins organization last season. The Pacific Coast League All-Star is hitting .306 with 10 RBIs in 19 games for Tomateros de Culiacan of in Mexican Winter League.

Gall was selected by the Cardinals in the 11th round of the June 2000 First-Year Player Draft and in 33 Major League games for the Cardinals ('05-06) and Marlins ('07), has hit .245 with two homers and 11 RBIs.

Hensley, 29, went 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA over 32 games (one start) for San Diego in 2008. In 16 appearances for Triple-A Portland last season, Hensley went 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 16 walks. He is 15-18 with a 4.09 career ERA over 106 Major League games, including 40 starts, from '05-08 for the Padres. Hensley resides in Pearland, Texas.

Smith, 31, hit .214 with two doubles and one RBI in 22 games for the Royals last season. The infielder started the season at Triple-A and in 110 games for Omaha, he hit .253 with 20 doubles, seven triples and 62 RBIs.

Smith, a Triple-A All-Star, also led the team with 20 homers at the time his contract was purchased by Kansas City. In 257 career Major League games with the Cubs (2001), Rays ('02-03), Tigers ('04-05), Rockies ('06), Blue Jays ('07), D-backs ('07) and Royals ('07-08), Smith has hit .221 with 15 doubles, 10 triples, 17 home runs and 59 RBIs.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.