HOUSTON (AP) - Starting pitcher J.A. Happ has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros, avoiding arbitration. The left-handed Happ and the Astros reached a deal Tuesday for $2.35 million. He made $474,000 last season. Happ had a tough year in 2011, going 6-15 with a 5.35 ERA in 28 starts. He improved at the end of the season and was 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his last six starts.
The 29-year-old Happ was acquired from Philadelphia as part of the deal for Roy Oswalt. He is 25-24 with a 4.00 ERA in 88 career appearances. With the signing of Happ, shortstop Jed Lowrie is Houston's only unsigned, arbitration-eligible player.
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