Devenski, Astros agree to 1-year deal for $1,525,000

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In this Feb. 15, 2018 file photo Houston Astros pitcher Chris Devenski throws to first during spring training baseball practice in West Palm Beach, Fla. Devenski and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,525,000, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

Devenski, Astros agree to 1-year deal for $1,525,000

In this Feb. 15, 2018 file photo Houston Astros pitcher Chris Devenski throws to first during spring training baseball practice in West Palm Beach, Fla. Devenski and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,525,000, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Reliever Chris Devenski and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,525,000.

The deal contains a $2,625,000 team option for 2020, and the option price could escalate based on games in 2019: $2,725,000 for 50, $2,825,000 for 60 and $2,925,000 for 68.

The agreement is at the midpoint of the $1.4 million the 28-year-old right-hander asked for and the $1.65 million he had been offered.

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Devenski would earn $100,000 for winning a Cy Young Award, $75,000 for finishing second in the voting and $50,000 for third. He also would get $75,000 if he is World Series MVP, and $50,000 each for making the All-Star team, winning League Championship Series MVP or earning a Gold Glove.

Devenski was 2-3 with a 4.18 ERA last year, striking out 51 and walking 13 in 47 1/3 innings. He was sidelined between July 27 and Aug. 30 because of left hamstring tightness, the first time in his big league career he was on the disabled list.

He had a $599,200 salary last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Devenski was 8-5 with a 2.68 ERA in 2017, striking out 100 and walking 26 in 80 2/3 innings.

Astros starter Gerrit Cole remains scheduled for a hearing. He has asked for a raise from $6.75 million to $13.5 million and was offered $11,425,000.

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