Houston Astros agree to five-year, $85 million extension with Lance McCullers Jr.

By Field Level Media
Oct 17, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (43) throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in game seven of the 2020 ALCS at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. has agreed to a five-year, $85 million extension with the team, according to multiple reports.

The contract will start with the 2022 season. McCullers is making $6.5 million this season.

The 27-year-old McCullers is 32-25 with a 3.70 ERA in 94 career appearances (91 starts) since reaching the majors with Houston in 2015.

He was an All-Star in 2017 when he went 7-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 22 starts. McCullers won a career-best 10 games in 2018 but injured his elbow in August before returning to pitch in the postseason.

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He underwent Tommy John surgery following the campaign and missed the entire 2019 season.

Last season, McCullers went 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA in 11 starts.

He is the son of former right-handed reliever Lance McCullers, who went 28-31 with 39 saves in 306 career appearances (nine starts) with the San Diego Padres (1985-88), New York Yankees (1989-90), Detroit Tigers (1990) and Texas Rangers (1992).

–Field Level Media