Astros, Marwin Gonzalez avoid arbitration with a one-year contract

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Astros and utilityman Marwin Gonzalez have avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility with a one-year deal worth $1.0625 million. Gonzalez had filed for $1.4 million while the Astros came in at $900,000, so his salary comes in slightly below the midpoint.

Gonzalez, 26 in March, has played all over the place for the Astros, mostly at shortstop, third base, and second base. He can play the outfield in a pinch, however. The veteran of three years in the major leagues has compiled a .248/.291/.354 triple-slash line over 751 plate appearances.