Pence, Astros agree to $3.5 million one-year deal

  • Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 3:43pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

HOUSTON — All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract, more than seven times his $464,000 salary last season.

The 26-year-old was eligible for arbitration for the first time after hitting .282 with 25 homers and 72 RBIs. He led major league outfielders with 16 assists.

Pence’s agreement Saturday was $100,000 under the midpoint of the $4.1 million he had asked for in arbitration and the $3.1 million he had been offered.

Two Astros remain in arbitration: pitchers Tim Byrdak and Wandy Rodriguez. Hearings are scheduled for next month.