HOUSTON (AP) _ Outfielder Brian Hunter, a former major league stolen base leader, agreed Monday to rejoin the Houston Astros for a two-year, $2.2 million contract.

Hunter played 83 games for Philadelphia last season, hitting .276 with six doubles, two home runs and 16 RBIs. He ranked second among NL pinch-hitters with a .364 average. He stole 14 bases in 17 tries.

Hunter, 30, started his major league career with the Astros and played in Houston from 1994 to 1996.

But Hunter never panned out as the Astros' leadoff hitter because of a low on-base percentage, and was traded to Detroit on Dec. 10, 1996, in a nine-player deal.

The next season with the Tigers, Hunter led the majors in steals with 74 and played in every game. He was the AL steals leader in 1999 with Detroit and Seattle, with 44 total.

Hunter later played for Colorado and Cincinnati.

Hunter is a career .264 hitter with 124 doubles, 24 triples, 22 home runs and 208 RBIs. He has stolen 255 bases in 316 tries, an 81 percent success rate.