Astros reach deal with Ryan Rowland-Smith

The Astros reached an agreement on a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith, a person close to the negotiations told The signing will be made official when he passes a physical.

Rowland-Smith, 27, has spent the previous four seasons with the Seattle Mariners, going 12-17 with a 4.57 ERA in 115 games, including 47 starts. He’ll come to Spring Training competing for the fifth spot in the Astros’ starting rotation.

The native Australian posted solid numbers in 2008 and 2009 before suffering through a 1-10 season with a 6.75 ERA in 2010 before the Mariners non-tendered him. He pitched for Australian in the 2004 Olympics and 2006 World Baseball Classic.

Brian McTaggart

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