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McCullers, Astros agree to extension

The Astros and pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr., have agreed to terms on a five year, $85 million contract extension

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MLB Rumors: Lance McCullers, Jr., and the Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a five year, $85 million contract extension, per multiple reports. The deal covers from 2022 to 2026.

McCullers, 27, was a first round pick of the Astros in 2012, and was slated to become a free agent after this season prior to this deal getting done. McCullers is a difficult guy to project — he has never started more than 22 games in a season in the majors, and missed 2019 due to Tommy John surgery. He has a career 6.7 bWAR, with a single season high of 2.1 in his rookie year, but is seen as having the stuff to be a top of the rotation starter. $85M for McCullers could look like a bargain in a couple of years, or it could look awful.

Per Jon Heyman, the Astros also offered Carlos Correa a 6 year, $120 million extension, which he, not surprisingly, turned down. He will be a free agent after this season, as will, barring an extension, pitchers Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke. Correa and Verlander can be offered the qualifying offer, which would net the Astros draft pick compensation if they leave. Greinke cannot receive a qualifying offer.