Randolph, Cruz, Jr., among those invited to Astros spring training
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros signed four players to minor league contracts Wednesday and invited them to spring training: outfielder Jose Cruz, Jr., infielders Kevin Hooper and Tomas Perez, and left-hander Stephen Randolph.
Cruz, the son of Astros first-base coach Jose Cruz, hit .234 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 91 games with San Diego in 2007. He played all three outfield positions for the Padres, making the majority of his starts in left field (38). He's played 11 seasons, with Seattle (1997), Toronto (1997-2002), San Francisco (2003), Tampa Bay (2004), Arizona (2005), Boston (2005), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2005-06) and San Diego (2007).
Hooper played in 60 games with Triple-A Toledo in 2007 and hit .301 with a home run and 19 RBIs. He appeared in 52 games at second base and eight games at shortstop.
Perez split last season between Triple-A Las Vegas and Triple-A Charlotte and hit .254 with six home runs and 56 RBIs.
Randolph appeared in 14 games for the Astros in 2007, finishing 0-1 with a 12.15 ERA. Randolph was a non-roster invitee to spring training in 2007. He went 10-2 with four saves and a 1.90 ERA in 31 games for Triple-A Round Rock.
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