HOUSTON — With a Friday deadline looming to exchange desired salary figures between teams and their arbitration-eligible players, the Astros on Thursday settled with outfielder Jake Marisnick on a $1.9 million salary for 2018, according to FanRag Sports.

The Astros have not confirmed the signing.

HOUSTON — With a Friday deadline looming to exchange desired salary figures between teams and their arbitration-eligible players, the Astros on Thursday settled with outfielder Jake Marisnick on a $1.9 million salary for 2018, according to FanRag Sports.

The Astros have not confirmed the signing.

Marisnick, who made $800,000 last year, had a breakout season offensively for the Astros, hitting. 243 with 16 homers and 35 RBIs before a broken thumb and subsequent surgery sidelined him in mid-September and cost him a spot on Houston’s postseason roster.

He’s expected to be the Astros’ fourth outfielder again in 2018, getting most of his at-bats against left-handers.

The Astros’ remaining seven arbitration-eligible players are left-hander Dallas Keuchel, catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis, right-handers Collin McHugh, Brad Peacock, Ken Giles and Lance McCullers Jr., and outfielder George Springer, who was the World Series Most Valuable Player. Keuchel, McCullers and Springer were All-Stars last year.

Once the two sides exchange their figures Friday, they can continue negotiating until hearings are scheduled for February, when a three-person panel will choose one side for the player’s 2018 salary. McHugh beat the Astros in an arbitration hearing last year.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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