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Report: Astros agree to two-year, $5 million deal with Will Harris

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Per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros avoided arbitration with right-handed reliever Will Harris on a two-year, $5 million deal. The contract figure breaks down to a $2.2 million salary for the 2017 season and $2.8 million in 2018. It also includes a club option for 2019, though Kaplan points out that Harris was already under club control through 2019 and will be eligible for a final round of arbitration if the Astros decline his option.

Prior to settling, the two sides were $350,000 apart in arbitration figures. Harris filed at $2.3 million, which was met with $1.95 million from the Astros. The multi-year deal spares both sides an arbitration hearing later this month.

Harris, 32, rounded out his second year with Houston in 2016. He earned his first career All-Star nomination and pitched through 64 innings with a 2.25 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 9.7 SO/9, putting up a total 1.8 fWAR for the club.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.