With their pitching staff in flux, the Houston Astros have locked down a player they hope will be one of their anchors for years to come.
Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and the Houston Astros are in agreement on a five-year, $85 million contract extension, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
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That’s a nice payday for McCullers, who re-established himself as a quality starter in 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old went 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 56 batters in 55 innings. Houston expects even better numbers over the course of this contract. He’s also become something of a team leader in the last year.
McCullers would have been a free agent at the end of the 2021 season. The contract kicks in, so he’ll be with Houston through 2026.