Danny “Babyface” Graves has signed a contract with the Astros:

The Astros signed five players to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training today: righthanders Jose Capellan, Danny Graves and Chad Paronto, and catchers Brian Esposito and Toby Hall. Righthander Sergio Perez was also invited to spring training.


Graves, 35, was 6-6 with one save and a 6.01 ERA in 36 combined games (16 starts) with Class A Fort Myers, Class AA New Britain and Class AAA Rochester of the Minnesota Twins organization. Graves is 43-44 with 182 saves and a 4.05 ERA in 518 career games with Cleveland (1996-97, 2006), Cincinnati (1997-2005) and the New York Mets (2005),

This is just awesome. You can’t imagine how much I hope Graves makes the Houston roster. It’ll be great to see him blow games for a Central Division rival.

(Thanks to commenter and RN correspondent Matt B. for the tip.)