The Houston Astros and catcher Jason Castro have yet to hold discussions about a possible contract extension this offseason, according to a source. The source notes that the sides will likely "feel each other out" and see where that leads to later on in the offseason.
Castro, 26, was the Astros' best player in 2013, hitting .276 with 18 HR and 56 RBI while being named to the National League All-Star team for the first time. He is currently arbitration-eligible, and is a lock to be tendered a contract by Monday's non-tender deadline.
This is Castro's first year of arbitration eligibility, and he is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2016 season. He made $496,600 in 2013 when the Astros could set his salary, and is expected to receive a hefty raise in arbitration this offseason.
While the Astros have been focused on their rebuilding effort over the past couple of seasons, they have expressed a willingness to reward their talented players with long-term contracts. Over the summer, the team rewarded second baseman Jose Altuve with a four-year, $12.5 million contract that included team options to cover his first two years of free agent eligibility.
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