The Houston Astros have avoided arbitration with reliever Will Harris, as the club has extended the right-hander for two years, which would take out Harris’ first two arbitration years and possibly his last arbitration year.
Source: The Astros avoided arbitration with relief pitcher Will Harris and agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal. Club option for 2019.
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) February 4, 2017
Harris, age 32, will make $2.2 million in 2017 and $2.8 million in 2018. The club option for the 2019 season will be worth anywhere from $5.5 million to $8.5 million, depending on how many games Harris finishes in 2018. Even if the club option is declined for the 2019 season, Harris would enter his final arbitration year as he would still be under club control through the 2019 season.
At the arbitration deadline last month, Harris had asked to be awarded $2.3 million for the 2017 season. The Astros, however, countered with $1.95 million.
In 2016, Harris made an All-Star appearance, as he pitched to a 1-2 record with a 2.25 ERA across 66 games, acquiring 12 saves and 69 strikeouts across 64 innings of work. Harris’ FIP, the more accurate way of tracking a pitcher’s ERA, was only ten points higher than his ERA at 2.35.