Astros Sign Ryan Rowland-Smith

The Astros have signed left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith to a one-year contract worth $725K plus incentives, according to a team press release.  Rowland-Smith will join Nelson Figueroa and others in a competition for the team's fifth starter job.  The Astros will have the opportunity to control Rowland-Smith through 2013 as an arbitration eligible player.

Rowland-Smith, 28 in January, posted a 6.75 ERA, 4.0 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 2.1 HR/9, and 37.1% groundball rate in 109 1/3 innings this year before being non-tendered by the Mariners.  The Australia native spent time on the DL with a lower back strain this year after battling a triceps injury in '09.

News of the agreement was first reported by Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle.

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