The Astros have avoided arbitration with Hunter Pence, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.5MM, tweets Alyson Footer of MLB.com. The signing leaves Houston with two remaining arbitration-eligible players: Wandy Rodriguez and Tim Byrdak.
Pence received his first All-Star selection in 2009, hitting .282/.346/.472 with 25 homers. He also played a solid right field, recording a UZR/150 of 5.3.
This was the 26-year-old outfielders' first time being arb-eligible. The two parties met in the middle as Pence submitted a figure of $4.1MM and Houston submitted $3.1MM.