Backe agrees to $1.55M deal with Astros

Updated: January 20, 2009, 6:00 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Brandon Backe and the Houston Astros agreed Tuesday to a $1.55 million, one-year contract, a raise of $550,000.

The 30-year-old right-hander, who had been eligible for salary arbitration, returned from elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2007 to go 9-14 with a 6.05 ERA in a career-high 31 starts last season. He is 29-27 with a 5.02 ERA in 78 starts with Houston from 2004-08.

Backe went 10-8 in 2005 and threw seven shutout innings in Game 4 of the World Series against the ...

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