ASTROS INVEST IN PITCHING

Astros strike a deal and solidify their starting rotation moving forward

Astros strike a deal and solidify their starting rotation moving forward
Lance McCullers will stay in Houston. Composite image by Jack Brame.
With concerns about Framber Valdez's health, let's examine the Astros rotation

Mark Berman is reporting that the Astros and Lance McCullers Jr. have agreed on a contract extension. McCullers said earlier this spring that he would like to stay in Houston, but wasn't sure if he was in the Astros' plans. Well, it looks like he got his answer. The deal is reported to be a 5-year contract worth $85 million.

With Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke decent bets to move on from Houston after the 2021 season, this deal makes a lot of sense for the Astros. Verlander could possibly agree to a prove-it deal with the team after the 2021 season, but my guess would be this move means Greinke won't be an Astro after 2021.

McCullers has been a terrific pitcher at Minute Maid Park posting a career home ERA of 2.51. Every other ballpark his ERA jumps to 4.99. If McCullers can pitch just a little better on the road, you have to like this deal for Houston.


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