Houston Astros Hire Brad Arnsberg As New Pitching Coach

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IOctober 30, 2009

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Brad Arnsberg #38 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses during photo day at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex on February 23, 2009 in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the Houston Astros have named Brad Arnsberg as their new pitching coach.

Arnsberg, who served as Toronto’s pitching coach the last five seasons, is the final piece to the coaching puzzle, as Houston hired Bobby Meacham as the first-base coach and Al Pedrique as the bench coach earlier today.

In addition, McTaggart is reporting that the Astros have reached an agreement with infielder Geoff Blum (one year, $1.5 million contract for 2010, with mutual option for 2011 worth $1.65 million).

News also broke today concerning the club’s decision to decline the option for pitcher Doug Brocail in 2010, leaving Brocail to ponder retirement.

“It’s one of those things I will talk over with the powers that be and see what they have to say,” Brocail told McTaggart on Friday, Oct. 30.

McTaggart is also reporting that the Astros front office may talk to Brocail about getting involved in player development.

With Arnsberg’s hiring, new Houston skipper Brad Mills now has a full coaching staff in place to help lead the Astros in 2010 and beyond.

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Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com