Astros Get Vizcaino

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The Houston Astros agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with free-agent infielder Jose Vizcaino on Friday.

Vizcaino, 36, batted .274 with three home runs, a career-high 21 doubles and 33 RBIs for Houston last season. He played in 138 games with 53 starts, most of which came at the end of the season after shortstop Adam Everett went on the disabled list.

"We're very pleased that Jose has decided to continue his relationship with the organization," new Astros general manager Tim Purpura said. "Jose was a big reason for our success this season, and we look forward to his contribution in 2005."

Vizcaino could also earn up to $500,000 in incentive bonuses with this deal.

He has played with the Astros for four seasons, hitting .280 with 12 homers and 110 RBIs.

A 15-year major-league veteran, Vizcaino has a career average of .272 with 33 home runs and 449 RBI. He also won a World Series ring with the New York Yankees in 2000.