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Maxwell's contract renewed by Astros


KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros renewed the contract of outfielder Justin Maxwell on Sunday, meaning all 40 players on the roster are now under contract. Maxwell was the only one of the Astros's 35 players who are not eligible for salary arbitration to have a contract renewed by the team.

For players who have between zero and three years of service time and aren't yet eligible for arbitration, the team has the right to settle their contract at whatever figure they desire, as long as it's at or above the Major League minimum of $490,000. There's usually a small amount of negotiations.

The Astros, like most clubs, assign salaries for those players based on their own schedule, which takes into consideration service time and players' contributions from previous seasons. When the players agree to the figure, it's considered a signed, negotiated deal.

If the player doesn't feel the contract is the appropriate value, the player has the right to refuse the renewal. At that point, the club is free to renew the salary at any figure it wishes, as long as it's at or above the minimum.

The only players on the 40-man roster who weren't eligible for renewals were pitchers Bud Norris ($3 million), Jose Veras ($2 million), Wesley Wright ($1.025 million) and Philip Humber ($800,000) and designed hitter/first baseman Carlos Pena ($2.9 million).

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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