Cristian Javier extension: Astros ink five-year deal, worth reported $64 million, with World Series hero
The reigning World Series champions have signed a major player on a long-term basis. The Houston Astros have signed right-hander Christian Javier to a five-year contract, the team announced Friday. It is worth $64 million and includes a $2 million signing bonus. informs Houston Chronicle. The five-year deal buys out Javier’s three years of arbitration and two years of free agency.
“Christian is an outstanding pitcher and we are thrilled to sign him to a long-term contract,” Astros CEO Dana Brown said in a statement. “We felt he was the perfect candidate for this type of deal as a core element of our rotation. This is in line with our vision to try and ban players to support our success both now and in the future.”
Javier, who turned 26 in March, had 148 1/3 innings with a 2.54 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 2022. Yankee Stadium, June 25th. and then in Citizens Bank Park in Game 4 of the World Series. Javier allowed eight hits in his last seven games and 35 2/3 innings last season, including the postseason. His .170 batting average has led the MLB in 2022.
Last month, the Astros and Javier failed to agree on a contract for 2023 before the arbitration filing deadline. Javier filed for $3.5 million and the Astros responded with $3 million. They would have gone to an arbitration hearing in the coming weeks had they not agreed to an extension. Here is the salary breakdown for Javier’s new contract (by ESPN):
- 2023: $3 million salary plus $2 million signing bonus
- 2024: $7 million
- 2025: $10 million
- 2026: $21 million
- 2027: $21 million
Javier will enter the open market at the age of 30 after the 2027 season, so he will still have a chance to earn a good salary as a free agent at the other end of this extension. For example, during the off-season, Carlos Rodon signed a six-year, $162 million contract at the age of 30.
In March 2015, the Astros gave Javier a $10,000 signing bonus as an international amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic. He was an unsung prospect at the time, but Houston was able to train him and make him the power pitcher he is today. Javier has one of the best fastballs in baseball, not only in terms of speed, but also in terms of spin and angle in the zone. This is the elite.
Houston recruited Brown from the Atlanta Braves and named him their general manager last month. The Braves have had a lot of success getting their young players on lucrative long-term contracts, and Brown looks set to do the same with the Astros. Lefty Framber Valdez and outfielder Kyle Tucker will not be free agents in three years. logical extension candidates.
The Astros now have Javier, Jordan Alvarez and Lance McCullers Jr. under contract until at least 2026, as well as shortstop Jeremy Peña under team control until 2027. 2025 and it’s a dynamite core that should keep defending champions fighting for the foreseeable future.