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Astros Move On To Arbitration

The Astros tendered all but one player on the 40-man roster, 10 of those players are now eligible for arbitration

December 01, 2018 - 1:40 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Astros tendered contracts for the 2019 season to all but one of their unsigned players on the 40-man roster. Catcher Chris Herrmann, who was a recent offseason acquisition, was the one player that was non-tendered and is now an unrestricted free agent. Of the tendered players, ten are now eligible for arbitration.

Gerrit Cole, Chris Devenski, Will Harris, Lance McCullers Jr., Collin McHugh, Roberto Osuna, Brad Peacock and Ryan Pressly are the eligible pitchers. Carlos Correa and Jake Marisnick are the eligible position players. Both the player and team will file a salary figure they believe to be deserving and an arbitrator will make the final decision as to what the pay will be.

Arbitration hearings can be a bit unpredictable. Players are allowed to be in the room during the negotiations where a team may have negative things to say about them to push their salary figure as the more acceptable option to the arbitrator. Pitcher Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays experienced this last offseason and tweeted about his discontent with his hearing and team's words, though he deleted it soon after.