Jed Lowrie, Astros agree to 1-year deal

Updated: February 8, 2012, 8:20 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Jed Lowrie and the Houston Astros have avoided an arbitration hearing, agreeing to a $1.15 million, one-year contract.

The team announced the deal Wednesday. Lowrie asked for $1.5 million in arbitration, while the Astros offered $900,000. His hearing had been scheduled for Friday.

The 27-year-old shortstop was acquired from Boston on Dec. 14 along with right-hander Kyle Weiland in exchange for reliever Mark Melancon.

Lowrie, a switch-hitter who was eligible for arbitration ...

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