The Houston Astros have reached a two-year agreement with 2016 All-Star RHP Will Harris to avoid arbitration. The deal is for two years, $ 5 million with an option for a third year, reports the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan.
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' new deal will pay him $2.2 million in 2017 and $2.8 million in 2018, per source.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) February 4, 2017
The club option for 2019 ranges from $5.5 million to $8.5 million depending on games finished by Harris in 2018.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) February 4, 2017
Harris, 32, was 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.047 WHIP in 66 games. He struck out 69 and walked 15 in 64 innings.
Harris will make $2.2 million in 207 and $2.8 million the following season. The reported club option for 2019 will range from $5.5 million to $8.5 million depending on Harris' games finished in 2018. Houston will still have team control over Harris in 2019, he will eligible for arbitration if the Astros decline the club option.
The LSU product selected off waivers by the Astros in 2014 from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Harris earned a constant role in the Astros bullpen in 2016 — for a time taking over a closer. He earned his first all-star appearance last season with a 1-1 record and a 1.62 ERA in 39 games in the first half of the season.
Harris role is set entering the new season with Harris manning the seventh inning, setting up the table for the Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles.