Jose Valverde and the Houston Astros avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $8MM, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
Valverde, who made $4.7MM in 2008, made 44 saves last season (Houston's single-season record). He had a 3.38 ERA from 74 appearances. The 30-year-old will be a free agent after the season.
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