Astros Avoid Arbitration With Humberto Quintero

The Astros avoided arbitration with catcher Humberto Quintero, according to a team press release.  Eligible for arbitration for the third time, Quintero will earn $1MM in 2011.  He gets a $250K raise after hitting .234/.262/.317 in 276 plate appearances and catching 653 2/3 innings.

The Astros have seven remaining arbitration eligible players: Nelson Figueroa, Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, Matt Lindstrom, Jeff Keppinger, Wandy Rodriguez, and Clint Barmes.  I expect they'll all be tendered contracts on Thursday.  Among the seven, Rodriguez is an extension candidate according to GM Ed Wade.

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