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Moehler, Astros exercise option

Updated: October 8, 2009, 8:43 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Brian Moehler and the Houston Astros have exercised a mutual $3 million contract option for next season.

The deal was announced Thursday.

The right-hander was 8-12 with a 5.47 ERA in 29 starts this year. His deal originally included a $2.3 million club option for 2010 with a $250,000 buyout, but it became a mutual option at a higher salary because he reached 150 innings this year.

"We're happy to have Brian back in the fold for next season," general manager Ed Wade ...

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