The Astros re-signed infielder Geoff Blum to a one-year deal, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. The deal is worth $1.5MM in 2010 and has a $1.65MM mutual option for '11. Blum, 37 in April, hit .247/.314/.367 this year in 427 plate appearances while playing mostly third base. Hopefully the Astros envision more of a utility role for Blum next year, though he does appear solid defensively at the hot corner.
In other team news, McTaggart says the Astros hired Brad Arnsberg, formerly of the Blue Jays, as their new pitching coach.