Lugo, Astros Avoid Arbitration
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Infielder Julio Lugo and the Houston Astros avoided arbitration Wednesday when they agreed on a one-year contract worth $1,575,000.
Lugo, 26, had been set for an arbitration hearing on his request for $1.8 million, $300,000 more than the Astros’ offered. The sides were in the hearing room when they reached the agreement.
His contract is guaranteed, and he can earn an additional $75,000 in performance bonuses.
Lugo hit .261 last season with eight homers and 35 RBIs in 88 games, including 81 starts at shortstop. He broke his left arm Aug. 12 when he was hit by a pitch in a game with the Chicago Cubs and missed the remainder of the season.
Houston has signed all of its arbitration-eligible players.