Astros agree to deal with Joe Biagini, cut Aaron Sanchez

Houston Astros relief pitcher Joe Biagini delivers during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners. (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

HOUSTON — Reliever Joe Biagini agreed Monday to a $1 million, one-year deal with the AL champion Houston Astros, who declined to offer a contract to starter Aaron Sanchez and allowed the former All-Star to become a free agent.

Both right-handers were acquired from Toronto at the July 31 trade deadline along with minor league outfielder Cal Stevenson for outfielder Derek Fisher.

Biagini, who turns 30 in May, had a 7.36 ERA in 13 regular-season appearances for the Astros and did not pitch in the post-season.

Sanchez, a 27-year-old right-hander, was an All-Star for Toronto in 2016. He went 2-0 in four starts and 18 2/3 innings for Houston, including the first six innings of a combined no-hitter against Seattle in his Astros debut. But Houston said on Sept. 5 that he needed shoulder surgery.

Houston has eight players still eligible for arbitration, including shortstop Carlos Correa, outfielder George Springer and closer Roberto Osuna.

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