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Astros Close In On Chacon

According to GM Ed Wade, the Astros and Shawn Chacon are working on a one year deal. Chacon, who was 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA and 79 K in 64 games for the Pirates, will help the Astros in the rotation and 'pen. Not only that, but he has pitched with the Pirates for two seasons now, and if very familiar with the league. I assume that he will join the rotation, probably behind Oswalt in the two or three spot. One Astros executive expects a deal to be finalized by the end of the week.