Backe to return to Astros with one-year, $800,000 deal
Backe, who missed almost a year following elbow ligament replacement surgery, returned late last season and was 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA in five starts for Houston.
Backe has a 22-15 record and 4.63 ERA in 47 starts in six seasons with Tampa Bay and Houston.
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