Friday was an important day in arbitration land. The deadline for teams to exchange salary figures for an arbitration hearing was 12 p.m. CST Friday, so many deals got done right at the last minute.
Only two Astros did not come to terms with the team before the deadline: outfielder Dexter Fowler, who's in his final year of arbitration after signing a two-year deal with the Colorado Rockies, and infielder Marwin Gonzalez.
Fowler team submitted a figure of $10.8
Marwin filed at $1.4
Earlier in the day, we covered the signings of Jason Castro, Tony Sipp and Hank Conger, while Chris Carter and Carlos Corporan reached deals with the Astros earlier this week. The team had eight players eligible for arbitration this winter. Here's a list of them, what they were projected to make by MLB Trade Rumors and what they signed
Dexter Fowler - $9 million (projected)
Tony Sipp - $2.4 million, $1.5 million (projected)
Jason Castro - $4 million, $3.9 million (projected)
Hank Conger - $1.075 million, $1.1 million (projected)
Marwin Gonzalez - $1.0 million (projected)
Carlos Corporan - $975,000, $1.0 million (projected)
Chris Carter - $4.175 million, $3.5 million (projected)
Alex Presley - $1 million, $1.2 million (projected)
Players and the Astros can now negotiate up until the deadline before going to a hearing, where an impartial arbiter will look over both the player and the team's arguments and decide where the player's salary will be set. Hearing can be held anywhere from Feb. 1-21.
As Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle notes, the Astros