Astros' David Stearns on avoiding arbitration
The Astros avoided arbitration with all three of their arbitration eligible players Friday by agreeing with shortstop Jed Lowrie to a one-year contract worth $2.4 million, pitcher Bud Norris on a one-year, $3 million deal, and pitcher Wesley Wright for an undisclosed amount according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.
Lowrie hit .244 with 16 home runs and 42 RBIs while playing in 97 games. Fourteen of those home runs and 36 of those runs batted in came before July 14, when he was injured on a play at second base. That injury kept him off the field until Sept. 12.
The Astros are counting on Lowrie being able to repeat the production he had in the first half of the season and to remain healthy throughout the season, something that’s been difficult for the 28-year-old to do. The 97 games Lowrie played marks the most he has played in a season as a Major Leaguer.
Norris went 7-13 with a 4.83 ERA last year, was second on the team in innings pitched and led the Astros in strikeouts.
Wright appeared in 77 games in relief for Houston in 2012, finishing with a 2-2 record and a 3.27 ERA. More importantly, left handed hitters hit just .198 against the southpaw.
With the signings the Astros have signed all their players who filed for arbitration.