Astros avoid arbitration with Keuchel, 4 others

Arb-eligibles Springer, Giles, McHugh yet to sign for 2018

January 13th, 2018

HOUSTON -- The Astros agreed to terms with five arbitration-eligible players on Friday, including All-Star starting pitchers and The club also announced deals for 2018 with catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis, outfielder and pitcher Brad Peacock.
World Series Most Valuable Player , closer and starter didn't reach deals prior to Friday's deadline to exchange contract figures.
Keuchel, who will be a free agent after the '18 season, will make $13.2 million this year, according to FanRag Sports. The 2015 American League Cy Young winner made $9.15 million last year. Gattis will make a reported $6.7 million in his final year of arbitration, and Marisnick will make $1.9 million.
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Springer ($10.5 million) and the Astros ($8.5 million) are $2 million apart, Giles ($4.6 million) and the Astros ($4.2 million) are $400,00 apart and McHugh ($5 million) and the Astros ($4.55 million) are $450,000 apart. The Astros and the players can continue negotiating and, if they can't reach a deal, will have the player's 2018 salary determined via an arbitration hearing in the coming weeks.