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Astros ink Federowicz, Ramsey to Minors pacts

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Astros signed catcher Tim Federowicz and right-handed pitcher Matt Ramsey to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training, the team announced Monday.

Fedorowicz, 30, spent last season in the Giants organization, including a 13-game stint in the big leagues. He spent most of his year at Triple-A Sacramento, hitting .300 with nine home runs, 43 RBIs and a .829 OPS in 77 games (73 at catcher). A right-handed-hitting catcher, he has played in the Majors for parts of six seasons, appearing in 119 games for the Dodgers (2011-14), Cubs (2016) and Giants (2017).

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Astros signed catcher Tim Federowicz and right-handed pitcher Matt Ramsey to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training, the team announced Monday.

Fedorowicz, 30, spent last season in the Giants organization, including a 13-game stint in the big leagues. He spent most of his year at Triple-A Sacramento, hitting .300 with nine home runs, 43 RBIs and a .829 OPS in 77 games (73 at catcher). A right-handed-hitting catcher, he has played in the Majors for parts of six seasons, appearing in 119 games for the Dodgers (2011-14), Cubs (2016) and Giants (2017).

Fedorowicz will serve the same role as Juan Centeno did last season and provide veteran depth at Triple-A.

"We've had our eye on him for a while," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "The last few years, we made a run at trying to get him on a Minor League deal. I'm excited to have him. He's going to be a really good option for us to have, especially on a Minor League deal. He's got experience in the big leagues. We like a lot about him."

Ramsey, 28, pitched at the Double-A and Triple-A levels of the Brewers system in 2017. He was a Southern League All-Star at Double A Biloxi, posting a 3-3 record, a 3.65 ERA, 27 saves and 58 strikeouts in 48 games. He was originally a Rays Draft pick in 2011 and has since spent time in the Tampa Bay (2012-14), Miami (2014-16) and Milwaukee (2017) organizations.

"Ramsey's a nice pitcher," Luhnow said. "He's improved his arsenal the last year or so and we want to see what it looks like over the course of a season with us. We think he's a good fit for us and a guy that comes to Spring Training and have our staff get to know him and a guy that would be a possibility to come up during the year because his weapons are Major League."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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