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Astros, Jake Marisnick avoid arbitration, settle for $1.1 million

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Houston locks up their No.4 outfielder, per Jake Kaplan.

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The Houston Astros and outfielder Jake Marisnick has reached an agreement ahead of arbitration on Friday, per the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan. The terms of the deal includes a $1.1 million salary for the 2017 season.

Marisnick, 25, batted .209 (60x287) with 18 doubles, five home runs, 21 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 118 games.

Marisnick has proven to be one of the top defenders at his position, but he has yet to swing the bat well enough to hold down a starting job.

The Astros addition of Nori Aoki will likely keep Marisnick on the bench but his value isn’t diminished with zero dropoff in outfield defense when he enters the game.

The value of the contract, $1.1 million, was exactly what MLB Trade Rumors projected for Marsinick.

Houston has six remain players that could go to arbitration: Dallas Keuchel, Marwin Gonzalez, Will Harris, Mike Fiers, Collin McHugh, and George Springer.