The Houston Astros have avoided arbitration with catcher Jason Castro and Jesus Guzman. Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) was the first to report the Castro deal. Jose de Jesus Ortiz (Houston Chronicle) was the first to report the Guzman deal.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) January 17, 2014
Jesus Guzman also settled.
As far as numbers go, Jon Heyman (CBS Sports) says Castro’s salary will be $2.45 million, a $250K increase from the projected $2.2 million from MLB Trade Rumors. Joel Sherman (NY Post) says Guzman’s salary will be $1.3 million, exactly where MLB Trade Rumors had him.
So your Houston Astros get an All-Star catcher for just $2.45 million? Sweet. Castro seems happy to be signed, and have that process over with.
“I’m happy,” Jason Castro said of one-year deal. “It’s nice to get it over with. It’s nice to come through an agreement.” — Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) January 17, 2014
“I’m definitely happy,” Castro said. “I’m open to anything. As of right now it’s really as far as we’ve gotten. That’s really it so far.”
— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) January 17, 2014
The Astros are still open for an extension with their 26-year old catcher, but it doesn’t seem like there have been many extension talks yet. Castro hit 18 home runs and slashed .276/.350/.485 last season, some of the top numbers in the league at the catcher’s position.
Because of his offensive ability, Castro has also been chased by other teams this offseason. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has said he’d prefer to keep Castro longterm, but don’t rule out a potential deal if Luhnow is blown away by an offer. I can’t imagine the Astros would trade Castro away for prospects, but if it’s to get a better player than Castro, the Astros would take a good hard look at the deal.
The Astros acquired Guzman from the San Diego Padres earlier this offseason. In exchange for Guzman, the Astros sent Ryan Jackson, who they claimed from the St. Louis Cardinals even earlier. Guzman, 29, is one of the several potential first base candidates for the 2014 Opening Day roster.