Ed Wade may have crossed finding a fifth starter off his offseason to-do list. Well, more assuredly, he has crossed off finding a backup-catcher. The Astros have announced the signing of veteran Humberto Quintero to return to Houston for 2011 to backup second-year backstop and catcher of the future, Jason Castro. Quintero has been with the Astros since the 2005 season. During that time he’s backed up the likes of Brad Ausmus, Ivan Rodriguez, and even J.R. Towles briefly. As an Astro, Quintero has hit .231/.269/.320 in 718 at-bats over 265 games. In 2010, the 30-year old catcher set career highs in games, plate-appearances, hits, and RBI. The deal is reportedly for 1 year and $1 million. Quintero should be a consistent piece both for the pitching staff and in the clubhouse.
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