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Lance McCullers and the Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a five-year, $85 million extension, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2018 that caused him to miss all of the 2019 season, but he’s been lights out since his return last year.
A 3.93 ERA will get you paid, folks.
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 tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 24, 2021
The Houston Astros are expected to take a massive step back after losing star outfielder George Springer to the Toronto Blue Jays this off-season. That said, it made sense to lock up some starting pitching after already losing Gerrit Cole the previous season to the Yankees.
As those numbers show, McCullers has his stuff back and the team had enough faith to invest with a five year contract.
On 9/16, Lance McCullers Jr. racked up 28 called strikes while throwing only 86 pitches. 😮— Codify, Inc. (@CodifyBaseball) November 9, 2020
No one has as many called strikes in a game with as few pitches thrown in over three years! 🔥
7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 8 Ks. 💎@lmccullers43 @astros @Rangers pic.twitter.com/tM38ZECe15
And I know, guys. We hate the Houston Astros for obvious reasons, but we can still be happy to see a guy bounce back from injury into a big time contract. Good for him.