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Astros sign Lance McCullers to a one-year, $4.1 million deal

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Mark Feinsand of reports that the Astros have re-signed Lance McCullers to a one-year, $4.1 million deal, avoiding arbitration.

The salary is the same money McCullers made last year when he missed the entire 2019 season following Tommy John surgery. In 2018 he went 10-6 with a 3.86 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 142/50 in 128.1 innings.

With Gerrit Cole gone to New York and Wade Miley a free agent, a bounce back year from McCullers will be pretty dang important for the Astros. McCullers is expected to be ready to go when spring training begins.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.