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Berkman Hopes Astros Pick Up '11 Team Option

Lance Berkman, 34, is entering the final year of a six-year, $85 million contract extension signed in 2005. He will make $14.5 million this year, and the Astros hold a $15 million option for next year. There is a $2 million buyout.

Coming off a season in which he posted his lowest full-season batting average in the Major Leagues (.274) and well-below career averages in home runs (25) and RBIs (80), Berkman knows another subpar season could force the Astros to take a long look at passing on his hefty option for 2011.

"They have an option on me for the next year, so if I play well, I guess they'll pick it up; and if not, then I'll be looking for work elsewhere," Berkman said. "I may have to, whether you want to or not. It may come down to a situation where if things don't go well this year and they don't pick up my option, I probably won't be back."

Via MLB.com

Astros Extend GM Wade's Contract

The Astros have extended the contract of general manager Ed Wade through 2012, a Major League source has confirmed. The club has not commented, but an official announcement is expected later Saturday.

Wade was hired on Sept. 20, 2007, and is entering his third full season as the club's 11th general manager. A veteran of 33 Major League seasons, Wade spent eight years as the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies (1998-2005) before coming to the Astros.

Via MLB.com

Astros Defeat Wandy Rodriguez In Arbitration

Houston defeated pitcher Wandy Rodriguez in salary arbitration on Thursday, meaning he'll earn $5 million in 2010.

Rodriguez was looking to earn $7 million next season.

The left-hander was 14-12 last season with a 3.02 ERA, ninth in the National League among qualifiers.


Astros Offer Taveras Minor-League Deal

The Astros have offered free-agent outfielder Willy Taveras a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Taveras was released by Oakland on Tuesday, eight days after he was acquired via trade from Cincinnati.

Via Houston Chronicle

Erstad Would 'Love' To Play In 2010

Free-agent Darin Erstad would love to play this coming season.

Erstad told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick of his desire to play, but like many veterans he's having difficulty finding a job.

"There is nowhere to find at-bats," Erstad said in an e-mail.

"I have a hard time justifying leaving my family for seven or eight days and getting three pinch-hit ABs. I have had an open mind all winter and continue to have that. I am at peace with whatever happens."


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