Reports: Lance McCullers Jr. agrees to 5-year, $85 million extension with Astros

The Houston Astros have reached an agreement with starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. on a five-year contract extension worth $85 million, according to multiple reports.

The deal kicks in after this year and will keep McCullers in Houston through the 2026 season. 

The right-hander figures to slot in as the Astros' No. 2 starter this season, behind ace Zack Greinke. He went 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 56 strikeouts over 56 innings in the shortened 2020 campaign. He has a career ERA of 3.70 over five major league seasons. (He missed all of 2019 recovering from Tommy John surgery.)

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