Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

RHP Lance McCullers Jr. agrees to $85M extension with Houston Astros, sources say

Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and the Houston Astros are in agreement on a five-year, $85 million contract extension, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

McCullers is coming off a solid 2020 when he returned after missing a season following Tommy John surgery. He went 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 11 starts.

The extension will start next season. McCullers and Houston had previously agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract for 2021 to avoid arbitration.

Earlier this year, he spoke of wanting to remain with the Astros, who drafted him 41st overall in 2012.

“Houston is where I want to be. This is my home. This is where I see myself,” he said last month. “I would undoubtedly want to be here well into the future. You know, I think the real question would be, ‘Do the Astros see me here? Do the Astros see me as part of their future?’ If the Astros see me as part of their future, as a big part of the future, then I would love to stay here if it makes sense for everyone.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2021 at 04:40 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, lance mccullers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. JRVJ Posted: March 24, 2021 at 04:54 PM (#6009918)
The Astros don't have much money committed next year and going forward, so this is sensible.
   2. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: March 24, 2021 at 05:22 PM (#6009920)
Is this the guy who does the cheating hop thing, or am I thinking of someone else?
   3. Walt Davis Posted: March 24, 2021 at 05:23 PM (#6009921)
And Greinke and Verlander both FAs (and old). Anyway, I've always like McCullers. I happened to see a few of his rookie year starts and was quite impressed -- he reminded me of Mussina. Alas, his durability has been terrible, even before missing a full season (career high 22 starts). I'm maybe a bit surprised it took 5 years and $17 AAV might be a bit high (Hendricks 4/S; Lynn 3/$30; Nola's bought-out FA year is $15 plus a $16 option ... but then Zack Wheeler got 5/$110 ... as quick examples). McCullers is younger than most of those guys but less durable. All pretty marginal in the end, solid enough deal for the Astros, good deal for McCullers under the circumstances.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2021 at 05:25 PM (#6009922)
More money than Salvador Perez, and he hasn't even won a Gold Glove!
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 24, 2021 at 06:25 PM (#6009925)
Is this the guy who does the cheating hop thing, or am I thinking of someone else?
No, that's Carter Capps. Apparently he's coaching in the minors for the Mets now, presumably teaching young pitchers how to totally get away with cheating.
   6. Astroenteritis Posted: March 24, 2021 at 07:56 PM (#6009932)
This is nice to see, good deal for McCullers, for certain, and as #1 mentioned, the Astros can afford it. I wish they could get an extension done with Correa, too, but don't expect that to happen.
   7. JRVJ Posted: March 24, 2021 at 08:55 PM (#6009933)
6, all things being equal, I don't know that Correa is worth as much as he thinks he's worth, especially with the SS class that looks to be coming to market next year.

Having said that, if Lindor, Seager and Story sign, then Correa may be the one that drives the market. But as I see it, he's the fourth best SS in the class.
   8. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: March 24, 2021 at 09:22 PM (#6009935)
CAA Sports, Thor's agency, may look at this contract as the launching pad for its negotiations with the Amazins.
   9. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 24, 2021 at 09:53 PM (#6009939)
Am I the only one for whom this is redolent of Darren Dreifort?
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 24, 2021 at 10:26 PM (#6009944)
Am I the only one for whom this is redolent of Darren Dreifort?

It seems like a lot for a guy who can't stay healthy at all.
   11. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 24, 2021 at 10:58 PM (#6009947)
Yeah, seems like a lot for a guy who probably projects to give you about half a season of slightly above average pitching.
   12. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: March 25, 2021 at 07:08 AM (#6009955)
RHP Lance McCullers Jr.

I read this as "RIP Lance McCullers Jr." and thought, "Poor guy!"
   13. Astroenteritis Posted: March 25, 2021 at 10:38 AM (#6009976)
I read this as "RIP Lance McCullers Jr."


Houston fans are just hoping we don't see an RIP for his arm.
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 25, 2021 at 02:05 PM (#6010084)
Houston fans are just hoping we don't see an RIP for his arm.
Or a rip in his arm.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2021
(4 - 3:56pm, Oct 28)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogGold Glove Award finalists unveiled
(3 - 3:53pm, Oct 28)
Last: JJ1986

NewsblogWith World Series in full swing, PETA asks baseball world to remove 'bullpen' from vocabulary
(16 - 3:53pm, Oct 28)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogCleveland Guardians roller derby team sues baseball club over name change
(43 - 3:53pm, Oct 28)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogDodgers Albert Pujols Hits the COVID-19 Injured List
(248 - 3:51pm, Oct 28)
Last: Mayor Blomberg

NewsblogNative American group blasts MLB commissioner Rob Manfred over 'tomahawk chop' comments
(20 - 3:48pm, Oct 28)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogNBA 2021-2022 Season Thread
(395 - 3:37pm, Oct 28)
Last: Mike A

Newsblog2021 World Series OMNICHATTER!
(140 - 3:25pm, Oct 28)
Last: Tony S

NewsblogHALL OF FAME’S EARLY BASEBALL ERA COMMITTEE AND GOLDEN DAYS ERA COMMITTEE TO MEET THIS WINTER
(6 - 3:05pm, Oct 28)
Last: Dennis Eclairskey, closer

NewsblogTV Ratings: World Series Opens Higher for Fox
(36 - 1:53pm, Oct 28)
Last: VCar

NewsblogWatch every LIDOM game on MLB.TV
(8 - 1:52pm, Oct 28)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogMLB Just Tried a Bunch of Experimental Rules in the Minors. How Well Did They Work?
(96 - 11:32am, Oct 28)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

Sox TherapyMeet the 2022 Red Sox
(15 - 11:28am, Oct 28)
Last: jacksone (AKA It's OK...)

NewsblogBrewers GM Matt Arnold latest to say no thanks to Steve Cohen, Mets as front-office search continues to flail
(27 - 11:27am, Oct 28)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogThe Official Mets Fan Self-Immolation Thread
(977 - 10:38am, Oct 28)
Last: Adam Starblind

Page rendered in 0.1841 seconds
48 querie(s) executed