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Report: Josh Hader agrees to 5-year, $95 million contract with Astros

Houston Astros LHP Josh Hader
Houston Astros LHP Josh Hader

Hard-throwing reliever Josh Hader and the Houston Astros agreed to a five-year, $95 million contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.

Hader will get a $19 million salary in each of the next five seasons, none of it deferred. He gets a full no-trade provision and would receive a $1 million bonus for winning the Mariano Rivera/Trevor Hoffman Reliever of the Year Award.

Hader’s deal can be considered the most lucrative for a relief pitcher, even while shorting fall of the total dollars in Edwin Díaz’s five-year, $102 million contract with the New York Mets that began last year. Díaz’s deal includes $26.5 million in deferred payments he won’t completely receive until 2042 and was valued at $93.2 million for baseball’s luxury tax and $88.8 million by the players’ association.