Arbitration cases have been few and far between for Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, but the is now 1-1 in cases. RHP Collin McHugh his salary arbitration case which results in his 2017 salary will be $3.85 million, then the team’s proposed $3.35 million — reports Jon Heyman.
The ruling announced Tuesday comes after both sides presented their cases on Friday and the case was ruled upon by a three-person panel in St. Petersburg, FL.
McHugh, 29, entered his first year of arbitration after an up and down season in 2016. He was 13-10 record with a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts — striking out 177, walking 54 and holding a 1.408 WHIP.
But the arbitration takes into account the whole body of work, in which McHugh has proven to be one the Astros’ best option in the starting rotation after being selected off waivers in 2013. He finished fourth in AL Rookie of the Year voting (141 ERA+) in 2014 and eighth in the AL Cy Young award voting in 2015 (100 ERA+).
McHugh’s salary takes a major jump from last season at $529,000.