Astros exercise 2012 option for manager

Published October 08, 2010

| Associated Press

The Houston Astros have exercised the 2012 option on the contract of manager Brad Mills and added a club option for 2013.

The Astros went 76-86 in Mills' first year as manager, including a terrible 17-34 start. But Houston went 59-52 after June 1 with a lineup that routinely included four rookies — and without Roy Oswalt (Phillies) or Lance Berkman (Yankees), who left in trades.

General manager Ed Wade said Friday that Mills has every quality needed to be a successful manager.

Mills says he is excited about his young team, including third baseman Chris Johnson, catcher Jason Castro, infielder Carlos Lee and Hunter Pence.

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