Lowrie, Astros agree to 1-year deal for $1.15M

Jed Lowrie and the Houston Astros have avoided an arbitration

hearing, agreeing to a $1.15 million, one-year contract.

The team announced the deal Wednesday. Lowrie asked for $1.5

million in arbitration, while the Astros offered $900,000. His

hearing had been scheduled for Friday.

The 27-year-old shortstop was acquired from Boston on Dec. 14

along with right-hander Kyle Weiland in exchange for reliever Mark


Lowrie, a switch-hitter who was eligible for arbitration for the

first time, batted .252 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 88 games for

the Red Sox last season. He played every infield position and made

$450,000. He is expected to become Houston’s starting shortstop

this year.

The Astros do not have any players remaining in arbitration.

Lowrie can earn an additional $75,000 in performance bonuses:

$25,000 each for 341, 502 and 550 plate appearances. He had 341

plate appearances last year.