Geoff Blum keeps job in Houston

Geoff BlumGeoff Blum will return to the Houston Astros for the 2010 season after inking a one year deal worth $1.5 million with an option for 2011 valued at $1.65 million.

Last season Blum was cast into the role as the teams starting third basemen after they let Ty Wiggington go and Aaron Boone was forced to undergo open heart surgery.

Blum responded much the way he has though the course of his career. Hitting .247/.314/.367 with 10 homers and 49 RBI in 381 at-bats.

The feeling in Houston is that the team will at-least attempt to find a fixture at third base. Last season Blum was signed to a $1.2 million deal in an attempt to ease Chris Johnson into regular playing time. Johnson however struggled at Triple-A and was unproductive at the big league level as well.

Idealy Blum is the type of player a team likes to have on the bench. Though stretched at second and short at this point in his career he’s still able to be penciled in at those positions and should the situation arise he’s got experience in the outfield.