Astros sign four players to one-year contracts
Bogusevic, Del Rosario, Lopez and Paredes agree to terms
HOUSTON -- The Astros on Wednesday agreed to terms on one-year contracts with outfielder Brian Bogusevic ($416,500), right-handed pitchers Enerio Del Rosario ($417,000) and Wilton Lopez ($442,000) and infielder Jimmy Paredes ($414,000).
Bogusevic, 26, appeared in 19 games for the Astros in his first Major League season in 2010, hitting .179 with three doubles and three RBIs. A September callup, Bogusevic spent the majority of his season at the Triple-A level, where he hit .277 with 26 doubles, 13 home runs and 57 RBIs in 131 games.
Del Rosario, 25, joined the Astros from Cincinnati on Sept. 16 of last season in exchange for cash considerations. He made his Major League debut with Cincinnati last season and combined to appear in 11 Major League games, posting a 1-1 record and a 4.50 ERA for the Astros and Reds. He also made 50 appearances in 2010 for Triple-A Louisville in Cincinnati's organization, posting a 4-4 record with four saves and a 3.09 ERA.
Lopez, 27, spent most of the 2010 season with the Astros, posting a 5-2 record with one save and a 2.96 ERA in 68 relief appearances. Among all Major League rookie relievers in 2010, Lopez ranked third in appearances and innings pitched, tied for fourth in wins and sixth in ERA.
He also stranded 32 of 33 inherited runners, the best ratio in the Majors since 1974. Lopez has a 5-4 career Major League record with a 4.17 ERA in 76 appearances, including two starts, in parts of two seasons with the Astros (2009-10). He was acquired by the club off waivers from San Diego on April 10, 2009.
Paredes, 22, hit .287 with 34 doubles, seven triples, eight home runs, 65 RBIs and 50 stolen bases in 133 games combined between Class A Charleston and Class A Lexington last season. He finished second in the South Atlantic League in hits and third in stolen bases. Paredes was acquired July 31, 2010 from the Yankees along with right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon as part of the Lance Berkman trade.
After his acquisition, he played primarily second base but also saw time at shortstop and third base. A native of the Dominican Republic, Paredes was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2006.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.