Astros Sign Ramon Vazquez

The Astros signed infielder Ramon Vazquez to a minor league deal on Friday, the team confirmed to MLBTR.  Vazquez has already appeared in four games for the Triple A Round Rock Express, playing shortstop and second base.  The Astros' middle infield currently features Jeff Keppinger, Oswaldo Navarro, and Geoff Blum as they wait for Tommy Manzella's broken finger to heal.

The Pirates released Vazquez on April 8th, assuming his $2MM salary in the process.  He was signed to a minor league deal by the Mariners eleven days later.  Vazquez's '09 offensive struggles carried over to his Tacoma stint, and Matt Eddy of Baseball America reported his recent release.