Every off-season each Major League Baseball team gets the displeasure of watching several players go through salary arbitration. It usually happens to anywhere from a few to a dozen or more players. There are a few ways around it for the team but usually there are at least those few who go through arbitration. The Houston Astros find themselves in a rare situation headed into the meat of the 2013-2014 off-season.
With the release of a few players they now have only one player left that is set to go through arbitration this off-season and that is catcher Jason Castro. Castro has already been rumored to be receiving a possible contract extension which he really does deserve. If they get Castro signed to some extended deal, the Astros will be able to relax and not worry about arbitration at all.
For my money this is shows once again how well the business side of this franchise is being run now. After everything changed including the league they play in, the Astros really are a different animal and are definitely headed in the right direction. It seems to be their current nature to try and set up a player such as Castro with a deal.
Avoiding arbitration isn’t the biggest deal really for a MLB team. The impressive thing about this is the way they are taking care of their players. For once the business side of baseball doesn’t seem to be getting in the way of what the Astros are trying to do. Probably because they are starting from scratch, the Astros are able to have everything work well together.