KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- All of the Astros players on the 40-man roster are now under contract after the team said Thursday it had reached deals with 31 pre-arbitration-eligible players. Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but most deals are just above the $500,000 Major League minimum.
The Astros, according to information acquired by MLBTradeRumors.com, use a scale to reach agreements for players with zero to three years of experience, based on plate appearances, games started, games pitched and innings pitched the previous year. Players who received some year-end awards also received a bump.
Astros assistant general manager David Stearns didn't go into specifics, but he said the process was pretty routine. The only player who didn't reach a negotiated settlement was starting pitcher Jarred Cosart, who had his contract renewed at a salary set by the club.
"You go through the process and we were happy we were able to get 30 of the 31 done through the negotiated process," Stearns said. "Ultimately, the hope and the goal is you come to an agreement with the player on what the appropriate salary is. If you can't, then you go ahead and do a renewal. It's not an acrimonious process at all. It's all just kind of the rules that are laid out in the Basic Agreement."
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.