HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel and outfielders Jake Marisnick and George Springer. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow. All three players had been arbitration-eligible. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Keuchel, 29, made 26 starts for the Astros in 2016, posting a 9-12 record with one complete game and a 4.55 ERA (85ER/168IP). After a slow start to his campaign, Keuchel finished the season with a 7-6 record and a 3.75 ERA (44ER/105.2IP) in his final 16 starts dating back to May 28, 2016. The Astros seventh-round pick in the June 2009 draft, Keuchel has pitched in parts of five seasons (2012-16) with the Astros, including a remarkable 2015 season in which he won the American League Cy Young Award with a 20-8 record and a 2.48 ERA (64ER/232IP).
Marisnick, 25, appeared in 118 games for the Astros in 2016, including 85 starts at the three outfield positions. He ranked third among AL outfielders with a .995 fielding percentage (1E/213TC), while ranking seventh in defensive runs saved (18). At the plate, Marisnick hit .209 (60x287) with 18 doubles, five home runs, 21 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Originally acquired in a trade with Miami in 2014, Marisnick has played for the Astros in each of the last three seasons (2014-16).
Springer, 27, played in all 162 games for the Astros last season, setting career highs in at-bats (644), hits (168), doubles (29), triples (5), homers (29), RBI (82) and walks (88). He ranked tied for fourth in the AL in walks and sixth in the Majors in runs scored. Among American League outfielders, Springer ranked sixth in OBP (.359) and ninth in slugging (.466). He finished the season with 11 leadoff home runs, which tied the franchise record (also, Craig Biggio in 2001) and led the American League. The 2017 season will be Springer's fourth with the Astros since debuting for the club in 2014.
The marks Keuchel's second trip through the arbitration process and the first trip for both Marisnick and Springer.
The deadline for clubs and arbitration-eligible players to exchange filing numbers was today at noon CT. Infielder Marwin Gonzalez and right-handed pitchers Will Harris, Mike Fiers and Collin McHugh are the remaining unsigned, arbitration-eligible players on the Astros roster.