The Astros have told infielder Geoff Blum that the team won't exercise his option for 2011, he told reporters after the game.
In addition, MLB.com's Brian McTaggert cites sources telling him the team will exercise the $900,000 option for outfielder Jason Michaels.
Blum said he was told after Saturday's game that he wouldn't be back. The team will buyout his contract for $150,000 in lieu of picking up a $1.65 million option.
Blum hit .267/.321/.356 in 93 games for the Astros this season.
According to Taggert, Blum teared up when telling reporters he wouldn't be back.
"I do know that I will not be here," Blum said. "I'll miss being here, trust me. I've had several conversations with people within the organization and my services are not going to be needed here."
Michaels, 34, hit .253/.310/.468 with eight home runs and 26 RBI for the Astros this season.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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