The highest-paid player on the Astros?
After accepting a one-year, $3 million deal Friday, it's starting righthander Bud Norris.
The Astros agreed to low-risk, one-year contracts with shortstop Jed Lowrie ($2.4 million), lefthanded reliever Wesley Wright and Norris, avoiding arbitration with all three and likely ending the rebuilding team's offseason activity.
By locking in Norris, Lowrie and Wright for another season via limited deals, the Astros avoided the arbitration process while sticking to their long-term financial plan. The Astros have only about $17 million committed to the major league roster 10 weeks from opening day. The Astros' March 31 payroll — estimated at $30 million — is expected to be the lowest in baseball.
If Norris' $3 million remains the Astros' highest 2013 opening-day salary, nineteen members of the Los Angeles Dodgers will make more than him and 10 will at least triple his salary. Los Angeles' estimated $213 million opening-day payroll is expected to top MLB.
"Glad the Astros stepped up and I hope we're all happy," said Norris, 27, who struck out 165 batters in 1681/3 innings last season and is expected to compete with Lucas Harrell to be the opening-day starter.
Highest-paid Astro? Norris gets $3 million deal
Houston Chronicle | Jan 19