The Houston Astros are only a few hours removed from the final out that secure their 2017 World Series win, but many are already looking ahead to next year's ring - and maybe even the year after that as well. The truth is these weren't a group of seasoned, expensive veterans looking for a ring before they ride off into the sunset. The World Series champs are young, hungry, and still a baseball bargain on the field - which is exactly how they planned this.
We'll take a look ahead at the contract status for each notable Astros player as MLB flips the switch to the offseason.
These six accounted for just $27.7M in 2017 payroll. If all return, that number will push to near $50M in 2018. Houston is paying $20M of Verlander's $28M salary next year, and may consider a short extension thereafter should he continue to produce for them in the upcoming season. Keuchel's contract will be a major focus this winter, as his arbitration salary will certainly rise into 8 digits.
|Justin Verlander||34||Signed||$20,000,000||Signed through 2019 with a vesting option in 2020.|
|Dallas Keuchel||28||Arb. 3||$12,500,000 (est.)||UFA in 2019, extension candidate|
|Lance McCullers||23||Arb. 1||$2,000,000 (est.)||Arbitration through 2021, UFA in 2022|
|Charlie Morton||33||Signed||$7,000,000||UFA in 2019|
|Brad Peacock||28||Arb. 2||$2,700,000 (est)||Arbitration through 2021, UFA in 2022|
|Collin McHugh||29||Arb. 2||$4,800,000 (est)||Arbitration through 2019, UFA in 2020|
The Astros will look to add some depth to the middle of their bullpen this winter, but their big players are all under control for at least 4 more season. It's also likely that one of the starters (McHugh) lands in the bullpen for the majority of the season. But it's expected Houston will spend the majority of its free agent/trade assets in this area.
|Ken Giles||26||Arb. 1||$4,000,000 (est)||Arbitration through 2020, UFA in 2021|
|Joe Musgrove||23||TC||$545,000 (est)||Team control through 2019, Arbitration through 2022|
|Chris Devenski||25||TC||$600,000 (est.)||Team control through 2018, Arbitration through 2021|
|Will Harris||32||Signed||$2,800,000||$5.5M club option in 2019|
|Tony Sipp||33||Signed||$6,000,000||UFA in 2019|
|Michael Fiers||31||Arb. 2||$5,100,000 (est.)||Arbitration through 2019, UFA in 2020|
|Michael Feliz||23||TC||$545,000||Team control through 2018, Arbitration through 2021|
|Francisco Liriano||33||Free Agent|
|Luke Gregerson||32||Free Agent|
|Tyler Clippard||31||Free Agent|
Outside of Beltran, who may walk off into the sunset with his ring, each everyday Astros player is either signed or under team control for 2018. Houston will need to decide where and how to spend their money this offseason, as a few of these players are certainly deserving of long-term extensions (Altuve, Springer, Gonzalez).
|Brian McCann||32||C||Signed||$11,500,000||Signed through 2018 with a vesting option in 2019.|
|Evan Gattis||30||C/DH||Arb. 3||$6,200,000 (est.)||Arbitration through 2018, UFA in 2019.|
|Yulieski Gurriel||32||1B||Signed||$12,400,000||Signed through 2020.|
|Jose Altuve||26||2B||Signed||$6,000,000||Signed through 2019, extension candidate|
|Carlos Correa||22||SS||TC||$545,000 (est.)||Team Control through 2018, Arbitration through 2021.|
|Alex Bregman||22||3B||TC||$545,000 (est.)||Team Control through 2019, Arbitration through 2022.|
|Josh Reddick||29||OF||Signed||$13,000,000||Signed through 2020.|
|George Springer||27||OF||Arb. 2||$9,000,000 (est.)||Arbitration through 2019, UFA in 2020, extension candidate.|
|Marwin Gonzalez||27||OF||Signed||$5,125,000||UFA in 2019, extension candidate|
|Derek Fisher||23||OF||TC||$545,000 (est.)||Team Control through|
|Jake Marisnick||25||OF||Arb. 2||$2,000,000 (est.)||Arbitration through 2019, UFA in 2020.|
|Cameron Maybin||29||OF||Free Agent|
|Carlos Beltran||39||DH||Free Agent|