Astros reach deals with McCullers, Díaz; not Correa

Correa
FILE - Houston Astros' Carlos Correa smiles after drawing a walk against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning of Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, in this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, file photo. Correa is among roughly 125 players who entered Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, eligible to exchange salary arbitration figures with their teams.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and infielder Aledmys Díaz to avoid salary arbitration, but couldn’t come to terms with star shortstop Carlos Correa. Houston also finalized a $12.5 million, two-year deal with reliever Pedro Báez that includes a club option and could be worth $19.5 million for three seasons. Last season he was 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA and two saves in 18 appearances for the Dodgers. The Astros and Correa exchanged arbitration figures, with Correa asking for $12.5 million in 2021 and Houston offering $9.75 million.