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Astros sign 3; add Brocail as advisor

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have signed three right-handed pitchers to one-year contracts and hired retired pitcher Doug Brocail as an advisor.Yorman Bazardo and Evan Englebrook got $400,000 each and Jeff Fulchino got a $425,000 deal on Wednesday.The team said the 42-year-old Brocail's role during the season may include visits to the Astros minor-league affiliates and independent evaluation of pitching prospects.The Astros also announced that minor league infielder Jose Vallejo (vah-YAY'-hoh) had surgery Wednesday on two fingers of his right hand. Vallejo tore tendons in his fingers while preparing a meal during the Christmas holidays. The team said Vallejo will be out for about six months....

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