HOUSTON -- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow wouldn't divulge Saturday if the team planned to go to hearings with its three remaining arbitration-eligible players: World Series Most Valuable Player George Springer, closer Ken Giles and starter Collin McHugh.
On Friday, the Astros announced they had agreed to terms with five arbitration-eligible players: All-Star starting pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers, catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis, outfielder Jake Marisnick and pitcher Brad Peacock.
Springer seeks $10.5 million for 2018 and the Astros are offering $8.5 million. Similarly, Giles ($4.6 million) and the Astros are $400,000 apart, and McHugh ($5 million) and the Astros are $450,000 apart.
The Astros and the players can continue negotiating and, if they can't reach a deal, will have the players' 2018 salaries determined via a February arbitration hearing. The Astros won against catcher Jason Castro in an arbitration hearing two years ago, but McHugh emerged triumphant last year.
"We've been to hearings the last couple of years so that's always a possibility," Luhnow said. "We don't disclose what our strategy is as far as whether or not we're trying to settle, or whether or not we'll go straight to a hearing.
"The agents we negotiated with, they know where we're at on that, but there's no reason for us to publicly disclose that. We feel good about the deals we got done yesterday, and obviously the three players remaining are going to be Astros. We're going to get them signed, it's just a matter what the number is."
Meanwhile, Luhnow didn't rule out the Astros landing another player via trade or free agency before Spring Training starts next month, but insisted the team is in a good spot and doesn't have to make any moves to be a contender.
"This has been a slow-moving market," he said. "We do feel like there are some options to continue to improve our club. We're very happy with the club we have. We think we have the roster to compete as division champions and have a chance to hopefully repeat the whole thing.
"We're always on the lookout. We've got at any point in time two or three things we're running down, and there's a least a possibly would get something done. Not to take away from our current roster, because I think our current roster is set up to do what we need to do."