Jason Castro turned down contract extension from Astros

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In news that helps explain why the Astros are reportedly open to trading Jason Castro, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle the catcher turned down their contract extension offer last offseason.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the Astros offered him $10 million in guaranteed money to cover his final two arbitration-eligible seasons in 2015 and 2016, plus two option years that would have covered his first two seasons of free agency. If both options would have been picked up, Castro would have earned around $25 million over four years.

Instead he turned down the extension and struggled this season while hitting just .222 with a .651 OPS in 126 games. Of course, even after a rough year Castro is projected to make around $4 million via arbitration and, if he bounces back to his 2013 production that got him to the All-Star game, he’d then be one season away from a big payday as a 29-year-old free agent.