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01/23/09 5:11 PM EST

Astros hope to settle arbitration cases

Club trying to agree on salaries for pitchers Rodriguez, Geary

HOUSTON -- Arbitration hearing dates for Wandy Rodriguez and Geoff Geary are likely to take place the week the Astros' front office heads to Spring Training, but it's possible the cases could be settled long before general manager Ed Wade sets up his office in Kissimmee, Fla.

"We're having on-going dialogue with both guys, and we hope to get something done by early next week," Wade said. "If not, then they're more likely to go to hearings."

Geary submitted a proposed salary figure of $2.1 million, while the Astros countered with $1.425 million. Rodriguez is asking for $3 million, while the Astros proposed $2.25 million.

The Astros have already settled with their other four arbitration-eligible players: Brandon Backe, Jose Valverde, Humberto Quintero and Tim Byrdak.

In other news, Wade said the club has offered a Minor League deal to infielder David Newhan and is waiting to hear his decision. Newhan, 35, was a non-roster invite with Houston last year and spent 64 games with the Astros, hitting .260 with five doubles and 12 RBIs.

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