Free agent, and often injured, pitcher Mike Hampton is headed back to the Houston Astros with a one year deal worth at least $2 million according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN and Fox Sports out of Houston. The veteran left hander had his best year as an Astro back in ’99 when he went 22-4 with an ERA under 3.
The Astros are obviously hoping Hampton can overcome his recent history of injuries which limited him to only 8 wins in 25 starts over the last 4 years for the Atlanta Braves. The Astros finished in 3rd place in the NL Central last year and are looking to improve their rotation anchored by Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez. Oswalt has reportedly been trying to convince free agent Ben Sheets to sign with Houston as well. If they can keep Hampton healthy and can sign Sheets, the Astros would have a solid, although injury prone rotation.