First Base - Houston Astros
Date of Birth: June 9, 1984 (36 years old)
Astros' Yuli Gurriel: Signs one-year extension
Gurriel signed a one-year, $ 6.5 million extension with the Astros on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.The contract keeps the 36-year-old with the only major-league organization he's ever known for at least one more season. The contract contains a team option for a second season at $8 million, as well as a $500,000 buyout on that option. That buyout will likely be exercised if Gurriel can't improve upon his .232/.274/.384 slash line from this season.
Astros' Yuli Gurriel: Still feels hand issue
Gurriel acknowledged still feeling pain in a hand injury he suffered while sliding into second base Sept. 12, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. He went 0-for-4 in Monday's loss to the Mariners.Gurriel wears wrap around the hand which he says contributes to problems gripping the bat. Even before the injury, his production dropped off during September. For the month, he's 11-for-68 with a .169 on-base percentage over 71 plate appearances. His OPS has dropped 164 points since the end of August.
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