- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

HOUSTON (AP) - Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and the Houston Astros avoided arbitration and reached agreement Tuesday on a $34 million, three-year deal.

The Astros said the contract will be finalized after Rodriguez takes a physical on Thursday. The deal includes a vesting option for 2014 that would increase the overall value to $44.5 million.

Rodriguez was 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA last season. The 32-year-old lefty won eight of his last 10 decisions and had a 2.03 ERA over his final 18 starts, the best in the NL after June 24

He is 62-64 in six seasons, all with the Astros.

Rodriguez made $5 million last year. He had asked for $10.25 million this year and the Astros offered $8 million.

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