Wednesday Dec. 3, 2008
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have finalized a one-year deal with oft-injured pitcher Mike Hampton. The 36-year-old left-hander will make $2 million with an opportunity to collect another $2 million in performance bonus money as he tries to resurrect his career in the place where he became a prominent big league hurler.
Hampton spent six seasons with the Astros, ending in 1999 when he won a career-high 22 games and was an All-Star. He was traded to the Mets and won 15 games in 2000 before signing a $121 million, eight-year contract with Colorado.
The big deal proved to be one on the worst free-agent signings ever, with Hampton going 56-52 with a 4.81 in just 147 starts for the Rockies and Atlanta Braves, who acquired him after the 2002 campaign.
Hampton sat out all of 2006 after Tommy John surgery and did not pitch in 2007 because of an oblique injury and an elbow problem that required season-ending surgery. Hampton went 3-4 with a 4.85 ERA in 13 starts for the Braves this year.
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