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Astros reach deals with McCullers, Díaz; not Correa

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and infielder Aledmys Diaz 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 Baez 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.

AVG: M. Brantley.300
HR: G. Springer14
RBI: K. Tucker42
SB: K. Tucker8
W: C. Javier5
ERA: F. Valdez3.57
Saves: R. Pressly12
K: F. Valdez76
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .240 (20)
Runs: 279 (14)
Hits: 478 (16)
Home Runs: 69 (19)
Stolen Bases: 22 (20)
OBP: .312 (22)
SLG: .408 (16)
Total Bases: 812 (17)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.31 (13)
Runs Allowed: 275 (14)
Saves: 16 (8)
Strikeouts: 526 (12)
OpBA: .239 (13)
OBP: .322 (15)
SLG: .407 (12)
Run Support: 4.79 (14)
Date Player Transactions
1/15 P. Báez Signed as Free Agent ( 2021-2022)(two-year contract)
1/15 A. Díaz Signed ( 2021)(avoids arbitration)
1/15 L. McCullers Jr. Signed ( 2021)(avoids arbitration)
1/8 R. Stanek Signed as Free Agent ( 2021)(one-year contract)
12/4 C. Sneed Signed to Play in Japan (Yakult Swallows)
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Date Player Status
9/29 B. Abreu Undisclosed injury (60-day IL)
9/25 J. James Undisclosed injury (10-day IL)
9/15 B. Peacock Right shoulder surgery (10-day IL)
9/7 C. Devenski Right elbow surgery - out for season (10-day IL)
9/6 B. Taylor Left elbow soreness (10-day IL)
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