Astros sign 2 to minor league deals

The Houston Astros have agreed to minor league contracts with

outfielder Travis Buck and outfielder-first baseman Nick Stavinoha,

and both have been given non-roster invites to spring training.

General Manager Ed Wade announced the moves in a release

Wednesday night.

The 27-year-old Buck spent last season with the Cleveland

Indians. He hit .228 (34 for 149) in 50 games with two home runs

and 18 RBIs. Buck was a first-round draft pick of the Oakland A’s

in 2005.

Stavinoha had been in the Cardinals organization since being

selected in the seventh round of the 2005 draft. He spent all of

2011 with Triple-A Memphis, where he was tied for first in the

Pacific Coast League with 109 RBIs and tied for fifth with 28

homers, while hitting .270.