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Houston Astros Claim Brian Bixler Off Waivers From The Washington Nationals.

The Washington Nationals' purchased Brian Bixler's contract from the Pittsburgh Pirates in August 2010. The then-27-year-old '04 Pirates' 2nd Round pick had been traded to the Cleveland Indians that year then reacquired by the Pirates seven months later. Bixler finished the 2010 season with a .285/.347/.389 combined slash between the three organizations. In Spring Training last year, Bixler impressed with a .316/.339/.605 line, and he had a .326/.483/.370 slash in three weeks at Triple-A when the Nats brought him up to the majors in late April. It was Bixler's first major league action since 2009. The 29-year-old utility infielder had a .205/.267/.265 line in 79 games 94 plate appearances this past season, playing all outfield positions and everywhere but second in the infield. The 6'1'' right-handed hitting and throwing Sandusky, Ohio-born Bixler was reportedly claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros this afternoon, ending his time in the nation's capital. Sure he got picked off too much, but there will always be that catch...