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Mike Fiers, Astros avoid arbitration

Fiers done, Astros have three remaining players in arbitration.

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The Houston Astros and RHP Mike Fiers avoid arbitration, reports the Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan.

Fiers, 31, agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.45 million. Fiers had filed for $3.9 million, the Astros countered with $ 3 million. The two parties meet in the middle. MLB Trade Rumors projected Fiers at $4.3 million.

Fiers was 11-8 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 appearances (30 starts). He struck out 134 and walked 42 in 168 2/3 innings; posting a 3.19 K/W rate, 88 ERA+, and 4.43 FIP, and a 1.358 WHIP.

The Astros starting rotation is plenty deep entering spring training with Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Collin McHugh, Joe Musgrove, and offseason signee Charlie Morton. Fiers could be the odd man out, taking over the long-man role in the bullpen.

The Astros have remaining arbitration cases for Will Harris, Collin McHugh, and Marwin Gonzalez.