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Astros Sign Jason Michaels

For one year and $750,000 plus incentives, which suggests that either Michaels wasn't particularly interested in coming back or, more likely, the Pirates really didn't want him back. Which makes sense. For all his timely hitting, Michaels has almost nothing left: he hit .224/.292/.360 and has been declining pretty steadily since 2005, when he was 29. The Pirates don't need him. And neither do the Astros, now that I think of it, although that's never stopped them from pursuing declining veterans.