Astros Agree To Terms With McCullers, Avoid Arbitration

The Astros have six arbitration eligible players remaining on their 40-man roster

Brandon Scott
December 13, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Houston Astros relief pitcher Lance McCullers (43) pitches during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game one of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park.

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- The Astros and pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. will avoid arbitration after agreeing to a one-year contract for the 2020 season, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Friday.

Houston Chronicle reporter Chandler Rome said the deal is for $4.1 million, the same McCullers made last season.

McCullers, 26, missed the entire 2019 MLB season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

He is expected to be healthy for the start of spring training. 

McCullers Jr. is 29-22 in 83 appearances (80 starts) with a 3.67 ERA and 509 strikeouts in 453.2 innings pitched in four Major League seasons. He has posted a 2.53 ERA in 11 career postseason appearances (4 starts) and was a member of the 2017 World Series team.

McCullers confirmed this week he is planning a mini-documentary, detailing his recovery from Tommy John surgery. 

"I am very excited for this," McCullers said on Twitter. "I have kept a relatively low profile with the details/triumphs/struggles of my TJ recovery. This will be a project ‘Stros nation will enjoy. We will start working on this next month and it will be special for me to share with y’all. Can’t wait."

The Astros have six arbitration eligible players remaining on their 40-man roster: SS Carlos Correa, IF Aledmys Díaz, RHP Chris Devenski, RHP Roberto Osuna, RHP Brad Peacock and OF George Springer.