JANUARY 18 2011 20:05h
Astros sign Barmes, Keppinger
By reaching deals with the two players, the team avoided going to arbitration.
Barmes, 31, who was acquired in a trade with Colorado in November, will be paid $3.93 million
Keppinger, 30, who hit .288 with a .351 OBP in 137 games with the Astros last year, will be paid $2.3 million in the coming season. He has hit .281 in six big-league seasons with 26 home runs and 180 RBI.
He had surgery on his left foot Friday.
HOUSTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Veteran infielders Clint Barmes and Jeff Keppinger signed one-year contracts with the Houston Astros Tuesday, the National League club said.