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Sammy Gervacio And Brian Dopirak Signed To Minor League Deals

Today the Astros re-signed RHP Sammy Gervacio to a minor league deal. Gervacio was non-tendered by the Astros at the end of the season over fears about his injury problems. The market for his services was lacking around baseball, so the Astros managed to snag him back. With the minor-league deal, he can rehab until the Astros think he is ready to pitch again. It’s a low-risk move, and Gervacio was a highly regarded prospect coming into the 2010 season, so it’s hard to classify his re-signing as anything but a win for the club.

Dopirak, formerly a can’t miss Cubs prospect, has spent a lot of time in the minors as a big power bat. Prior to last season, he had hit 15 or more homers in every minor league season of his career, and had seasons of 39, 29, and 27 bombs along the way. Finally getting a full-time chance in AAA, he flopped last year for Las Vegas, hitting just .274/.304/.454 with 11 homers. He’s already 27, and doesn’t look to have much other than raw power in his belt, but perhaps he can be a good acquisition for Oklahoma City this year.

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