Matt Lindstrom, Jeff Keppinger Available as Astros Look to Cut Payroll
Houston already had the contracts of Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt off the books. But on Nov. 19, owner Drayton McLane announced his intention to sell the team, and thus apparently intends to trim salary further to make the team more attractive.
While the Astros were 76-86 last season, they were 40-33 after the All-Star break, fourth-best in the National League, and 59-52 from June 1 on.
Lindstrom, 31 in February, began 2010 as the Astros' closer but, after getting 23 saves, eventually lost the job to Brandon Lyon. Lindstrom is eligible for arbitration and a raise from the $1.625 million he made in 2010. After the All-Star break he was 0-4 with a 7.50 ERA.
Keppinger, 31 in April, hit .288 with 34 doubles while starting 122 games at second base and 10 at shortstop. He is also eligible for arbitration after making $1.15 million in 2010.