Astros catcher Jason Castro and infielder/outfielder Jesus Guzman have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with the Houston Astros, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Friday. They were the only unsigned Astros players eligible for arbitration in 2014.
Castro, who was an American League All-Star in 2013, avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility. Last year, the 26-year-old had one of the greatest offensive seasons by a catcher in club history as he set single-season franchise records by a catcher in doubles (35), home runs (18), runs scored (63), extra-base hits (54), slugging (.485), multi-hit games (33) and OPS (.835). He hit .276 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 120 games. Castro was selected by the Astros in the first round (tenth overall) of the 2008 Major League Draft out of Stanford and has played in parts of three seasons with the team (2010, 2012-13). Although terms of the deals were not disclosed, Jon Heyman of CBS has confirmed the following regarding Castro's deal:
jason castro settles with #astros for $2.45M for '14— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 17, 2014
That is quite a raise for Castro from the $496,600 he earned during the 2013 season when he as an All-Star.
Like Castro, Guzman also avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility. The 29-year-old was acquired by Houston from San Diego on Dec. 18, 2013, in exchange for infielder Ryan Jackson. He played in 126 games for the Padres in 2013, collecting 17 doubles, nine home runs and 35 RBI. He started at four different positions last season and was especially effective as a pinch-hitter.