MLB Breaking News: Astros Extend Lance McCullers Jr.

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In the latest MLB Breaking News, the Houston Astros and Lance McCullers Jr. have agreed to an extension that will keep McCullers in an Astros uniform for the foreseeable future.

MLB Breaking News: The Extension

Entering into what would be the final season of his current contract, McCullers Jr. had voiced his opinion very candidly that he wanted to remain in an Astros uniform for the next several years. In a post by Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, McCullers Jr has agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $85 million.

In this extension, McCullers Jr set to receive a $3.5 million signing bonus to which will be applied to his current contract of $6.5 million that he is set to receive this season. Starting in 2022, McCullers Jr will be set to make $15.25 million for the first two seasons into his new contract. In 2024, McCullers Jr. will make a salary of $17 million, which runs through to the end of his contract in 2026.

Having McCullers Jr. locked up for the next few seasons means that the Astros are confident that McCullers Jr. can be the pitcher they envisioned him to be when he was drafted in the first round back in 2012. Injuries have hindered McCullers Jr. since the Astros called him up in May of 2015. After the 2018 season, McCullers Jr. needed to have Tommy John surgery, which kept him out of 2019.

Going into the 2020 season, there was much talk on how many inning McCullers Jr. would pitch, especially after coming off Tommy John surgery. With a truncated season in 2020, McCullers Jr. was able to only able to pitch 55.0 innings. With low innings pitched coming into 2021, McCullers Jr. will be looking to carry the load at the top of this rotation this season.

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.