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Astros avoid arbitration with Lance McCullers Jr.

2017 All-Star agrees to terms on a one-year contract for the 2020 season.

HOUSTON — The Astros and right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2020 season to avoid arbitration.

Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow made the announcement Friday afternoon.

McCullers, 26, missed the entire 2019 MLB season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He is expected to be healthy for the start of 2020 Spring Training.

In his four Major League seasons, McCullers is 29-22 in 83 appearances (80 starts) with a 3.67 ERA and 509 strikeouts in 453.2 innings pitched. He has posted a 2.53 ERA in 11 career postseason appearances (4 starts).

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.


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