Astros give Dallas Keuchel $13.2M, one-year deal

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

HOUSTON -- Astros starter Dallas Keuchel agreed to a $13.2 million, one-year contract after helping lead Houston to its first World Series title, and designated hitter/catcher Evan Gattis got a $6.7 million deal.

Pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. ($2.45 million) and Brad Peacock ($2.44 million) also agreed, when players and teams were set to swap proposed salaries in arbitration.

World Series MVP George Springer, reliever Ken Giles and pitcher Collin McHugh swapped figures with Houston and remain headed to hearings.

Springer asked for a raise from $4,075,000 to $10.5 million and was offered $8.5 million. Giles, who stumbled in the World Series, is eligible for arbitration for the first time and asked for a raise from $555,100 to $4.6 million. The Astros countered at $4.2 million.

McHugh requested a raise from $3.85 million to $5 million and was offered $4.55 million.

Keuchel, the 2015 AL Young Award winner, went 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA and 125 strikeouts in the regular season and was 2-2 with a 3.58 ERA in five postseason starts. He made $9.2 million.

McCullers earned his first All-Star nod last season and was 7-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 22 regular-season starts, earning $548,000. He pitched four innings to get the save in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series against the Yankees and won Game 3 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Peacock was 13-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 34 games with 21 starts last season. The right-hander recorded a save in Game 3 of the World Series and threw two scoreless innings in Game 7 to help Houston win the World Series. He made $541,500.

Gattis hit .263 with 12 homers and 55 RBI in 84 games last year, when he made $5.2 million.

Springer hit .283 with 34 homers and 85 RBI -- all career highs. He batted .379 with three doubles, five homers and seven RBI in the World Series to win the MVP trophy.

Giles was fourth in the AL with a career-best 34 saves in 2017. McHugh went 5-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 12 starts last season.

On Thursday, outfielder Jake Marisnick agreed to a $1.9 million, one-year deal.