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Dustin Garneau agrees to one-year deal with Astros

St. Louis Cardinals v Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 04: Dustin Garneau #3 of the Oakland Athletics at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning at the RingCentral Coliseum on August 4, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

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Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that catcher Dustin Garneau has signed a one-year contract with the Astros. [Update: It’s official.]

Garneau figures to be the backup to an as-yet unknown starting catcher. The Astros are currently without two of their catchers from 2019, Robinson Chirinos and Martín Maldonado, as they are free agents.

Having spent parts of five seasons in the majors with the Rockies, Athletics, White Sox, and Angels, Garneau has hit .207/.290/.343 across 381 trips to the plate. Though he showed offensive improvement last year, Garneau is known more for his work behind the plate.

Garneau joins Yasmani Grandal and Travis d’Arnaud as free agent catchers to come off the board so far this offseason.

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