Canada markets closed
  • S&P/TSX

    18,060.26
    -163.28 (-0.90%)
     
  • S&P 500

    3,811.15
    -18.19 (-0.48%)
     
  • DOW

    30,932.37
    -469.64 (-1.50%)
     
  • CAD/USD

    0.7851
    -0.0088 (-1.11%)
     
  • CRUDE OIL

    61.66
    -1.87 (-2.94%)
     
  • BTC-CAD

    60,413.62
    +892.05 (+1.50%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    912.88
    -20.25 (-2.17%)
     
  • GOLD FUTURES

    1,733.00
    -42.40 (-2.39%)
     
  • RUSSELL 2000

    2,201.05
    +0.88 (+0.04%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    1.4600
    -0.0580 (-3.82%)
     
  • NASDAQ

    13,192.35
    +72.92 (+0.56%)
     
  • VOLATILITY

    27.95
    -0.94 (-3.25%)
     
  • FTSE

    6,483.43
    -168.53 (-2.53%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    28,966.01
    -1,202.26 (-3.99%)
     
  • CAD/EUR

    0.6499
    -0.0013 (-0.20%)
     

McCullers, Díaz Reach Deals With Astros, Who Finalize Báez

News18
·3 min read

HOUSTON: The Houston Astros agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and infielder Aledmys Daz on Friday to avoid salary arbitration, but couldn’t come to terms with star shortstop Carlos Correa.

Houston also finalized a $12.5 million, two-year deal with reliever Pedro Bez that includes a club option and could be worth $19.5 million for three seasons. Last season he was 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA and two saves in 18 appearances for the World Series champion Dodgers.

The Astros and Correa exchanged arbitration figures Friday, with Correa asking for $12.5 million in 2021 and Houston offering $9.75 million. The sides could still strike an agreement until an arbitrator hears the case remotely next month and issues a verdict. The arbitrator will go with one number or the other no settling in the middle.

The 26-year-old Correa batted .264 with five home runs in 58 games last season, a disappointment he erased with a splendid October. He hit .362 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 13 postseason games, pushing the sub-.500 Astros to Game 7 of the AL Championship Series before they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Correa was set to make $8 million in 2020 but ended up with $2,962,963 in prorated pay during the pandemic-shortened season.

McCullers will make $6.5 million next season after a solid year in 2020 in his return after missing a season following Tommy John surgery. McCullers was 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 11 starts last season, earning $1,518,519 prorated from a $4.1 million salary. He’ll be one of the leaders of Houston’s rotation in 2021 with ace Justin Verlander out all year after having Tommy John surgery.

The 30-year-old Daz will make $3 million next season. He played just 17 games in an injury-plagued 2020 season. He hit .241 with three homers and six RBIs in his second season in Houston and earned $962,963 prorated from a $2.6 million salary.

In seven seasons with the Dodgers, Bez is 21-15 with a 3.03 ERA in 355 appearances. The right-hander has 369 strikeouts in 356 career innings and has limited opponents to a .206 batting average.

He’s been particularly tough on left-handers, holding them to a .181 mark. His best season came in 2019 when he went 7-2 and led the team with 71 appearances and set career bests in wins, opponents’ batting average (.174) and WHIP (0.95).

He gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million this year and $5.5 million in 2022. Houston has a $7.5 million option for 2023 with a $2 million buyout.

Bez’s 2022 salary can escalate by $1 million based on innings this year: $250,000 each for 30, 40, 50 and 60. His option would escalate to $8 million if he has 100 innings in 2021 and 2022 combined.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports