Astros' Staff Invited Back

In a move to create stability heading into 2012 with so many young players, general manager Ed Wade informed all of the major league coaches that they would be invited back next year.

"We think they've done a really solid job when you take into consideration that we have so many different developing players on this team," Wade said.

Pitching coach Doug Brocail, who took the job when Brad Arnsberg was fired during this season, has not yet accepted. Brocail plans to discuss it with his family when the team goes home for its final homestand and plans to let management know by the end of the season.

Hitting coach Mike Barnett was the only other coach who was not already signed through 2012 -- he was signed to a one-year deal this offseason to replace interim hitting coach Jeff Bagwell, who left for family reasons. The rest of the coaches -- bench coach Al Pedrique, first base coach Bobby Meacham, third base coach Dave Clark and bullpen coach Jamie Quirk -- were given two-year extensions after last season, and so Tuesday's meetings were only to affirm their status for 2012.

Manager Brad Mills is also under contract for 2012. The Astros picked up that option at the end of last year and gave him a new option for 2013.

Wade, president of baseball operations Tal Smith and assistant GM David Gottfried also met with Mills and the coaches for three hours Tuesday afternoon in a standard meeting to prepare for next year.

"We gave everybody a chance to give their observations how they think players fit in for 2012," Wade said. "We don't do it nearly often enough."

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