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Astros give Reynolds 3-year extension

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Posted: Thursday December 10, 1998 08:21 PM

  Reynolds, who would have been eligible for free agency after the 2000 season, will make $3.5 million next year Todd Warshaw/Allsport

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros made a big pitching announcement Thursday.

No, it wasn't about Roger Clemens.

Houston and Shane Reynolds agreed to a $21.5 million, three-year contract extension with a team option for 2003.

Reynolds, a 30-year-old right-hander, was 19-8 with a 3.51 ERA as the Astros won the NL Central this season.

"This was a relatively easy contract to do," said the pitcher's agent, Tommy Tanzer. "The club was very motivated. We were very motivated. After some of the departures they had, they stepped up. This got done in three or four conversations."

Houston remains in the hunt for Clemens, the five-time Cy Young Award winner who has asked Toronto to trade him to a contender or closer to his home in Houston.

"Shane and Roger are very good friends," Tanzer said. "Shane would really like to see Roger go here. I know Shane would like to spend the rest of his career here."

He will make $3.5 million next year, the final season of an $8.5 million, three-year contract and would have been eligible for free agency after the 2000 season.

Under the extension, Reynolds gets a $3.5 million signing bonus payable over three years, $5.5 million in 2000, $6 million in 2001 and $6.5 million in 2002. Houston has an $8 million option for 2003 that would become guaranteed if he has 32 starts or pitches in 215 innings in 2002, or if he has 64 starts and 430 innings combined in 2001 and 2002.

 
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