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Astros sign LHP C.J. Riefenhauser to a minor league deal

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Houston adds another arm to fight for a roster spot during spring training.

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While the baseball world is focused on the major moves of the Winter Meetings. Houston Astros General Manger Jeff Luhnow keeps working to put the Astros in the best post possible heading into the 2017 season.

The team signed left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser to a minor league deal on Tuesday including an invitation to Spring Training — as first reported by the Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan.

Riefenhauser, 26, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 20th round of the 2010 draft out of Chipola College.

He has pitched in a total of 24 games in the major league over 2014 and 2015. He is 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA, including 14 earned runs, nine strikeouts, and 10 walks in 20 innings. He was 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA 28 games with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs with 26 strikeouts and 14 walks.

Riefenhauser was released from the Cubs on Aug. 22.