Astros re-sign Yuli Gurriel for 2021, option for 2022

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Houston Astros have re-signed first baseman Yuli Gurriel to a one-year extension. There is also an option for the 2022 season with this new deal.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, he will receive $6.5 million for the 2021 season.

Houston Astros infielder Yuli Gurriel hits a single against the Washington Nationals in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series
Yuli Gurriel hits a single against the Washington Nationals in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series (Getty Images)

Then, the Astros would have to make a decision. They can pay him $8 million for the 2022 season.

Or pay him a $500,000 in a buyout that’ll make him a free agent.

Gurriel — who started his MLB career late as a 32-year-old in 2017 — has appeared in 512 games.

According to Baseball Reference, he is arbitration eligible after the 2021 season. Then, he would become a free agent — if he’s not bought out first — following the 2023 season as a 39-year-old.

This past season during the MLB 60-game coronavirus schedule, Gurriel had a .232 batting average with sox home runs and 22 RBIs in 57 games. He also had 27 runs in 211 at-bats.

Gurriel also struck out 27 times and walked 12. He was also caught stealing once in his lone base stealing attempt.

The former World Series Champion has a career .287 batting average in 512 games. He has had 71 home runs and 301 RBIs in 1,971 at-bats.

Gurriel has scored 264 runs and has had 135 doubles and five triples in his career. He has struck out 229 times and walked 99 more times.

In 2019, he had a career-high 31 home runs and 104 RBIs in 144 games. This was the only time in his career that he hit more than 18 home runs and had more than 85 RBIs in a season.

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