HOUSTON – Second baseman Craig Biggio and the Houston Astros agreed Friday to a $5.15 million, one-year contract.

Biggio, who turns 41 in December, needs 70 hits to become the first Astro and 27th player in history to reach 3,000 hits. Next season will be Biggio’s 20th with the Astros.

He has played in 2,709 games and 19 seasons for Houston. He batted .246 with 21 homers and 62 RBIs last year.

Biggio also is Houston’s leader in hits (2,930), runs (1,776), doubles (637), extra-base hits (970) and total bases (4,514), and he is second to Jeff Bagwell in homers (281) and RBIs (1,125). Biggio’s decision to remain with the Astros was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

AP-ES-11-10-06 1357EST



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