Monday, December 1, 2008

Mike Hampton signs with Astros

According to, Hampton and the Astros reached agreement Monday on a contract pending the free-agent pitcher passing a physical, KRIV-TV in Houston reported on its Web site. Terms were not available.

Astros GM Ed Wade declined to comment.

Hampton pitched for the Astros from 1994-99, with his best season coming in 1999, when he was 22-4 with a 2.90 ERA.

Hampton has spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Braves but did not pitch in 2006 and '07 because of injuries. In 2008, he was 3-4 with a 4.85 ERA after missing the first four months of the season because of injury.


The value of this deal all depends on the financials - of which incentives are sure to be a part. Hampton has enjoyed a few good seasons since leaving the Astros following the 1999 season, but hasn't started more than 30 games in a season since 2003. Hampton had Tommy John surgery in 2005, tore his oblique, pulled a hammy and strained a pec. And if you touch the tweezers to the side of his spleen, his nose lights up and he buzzes.


Aaron said...

Yes, but he can hit BOMBS!

The Constable. said...

I'd like to point out that Astros County had this before the Houston Chronicle did...