Astros exercise $900,000 option on Jason Michaels for 2011

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Houston decided that Geoff Blum wasn’t worth $1.6 million next season, choosing to buy him out for $150,000, but the Astros have exercised their $900,000 option on Jason Michaels for 2011.
Michaels actually got less playing time than Blum this season, but did more with it by hitting .253/.310/.468 in 203 plate appearances. He’s been a solid fourth outfielder for the most of the past decade, backing up all three outfield spots and knocking around left-handed pitching.