The Houston Astros have signed Danny Graves, Chad Paronto and Jose Capellan to minor league contracts. Graves is a 35-year old righty who spent all of the 2008 season in the minors. He pitched in 36 games (16 starts) in A+AA+AAA ball last season and he was 6-6 with 1 save, a 6.01 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. But, he has had success in his major league career mostly as a closer with the Reds. He has pitched in 518 games (30 starts) in his major league career and he is 43-44 with 182 saves, a 4.05 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Chad Paronto is a 33-year old righty who pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Astros last season and he was 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He has now pitched in 171 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 6-12 with 1 save, a 4.02 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. 28-year old righty Jose Capellan has by far the best arm of the three pitchers the Astros signed but he has never really put it all together yet at the major league level. Capellan pitched in only 1 game (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Capellan has now pitched in 99 games (2 starts) in his major league career to date and he is 5-7 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. These three pitchers were brought in to compete for jobs pitching early in games and with that in mind don’t be surprised if one or more of these guys make the Opening Day Pitching Staff for the Astros in 2009.