Astros, Myers agree to contract extension

THE SPORTS NETWORK

, Last Updated: 2:16 PM ET

HOUSTON, TX - Brett Myers, one of the few bright spots for the Houston Astros this season, agreed to a contract extension on Sunday.

The deal will keep Myers in Houston through the 2012 season and carries a club option for 2013. The starting pitcher is guaranteed $21 million and could reach $29.5 million if he lasts through 2013 and reaches performance bonuses.

The agreement comes at the end of a week that saw the club shed a lot of salary in shipping starting ace Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia and longtime first baseman Lance Berkman to the New York Yankees.

Houston signed Myers in the offseason to a one-year pact at a discounted $3.1 million price after an injury-filled 2009.

The right-hander has been a workhorse for the struggling Astros this season, ranking second in the National League in innings pitched (145) and owns an 8-6 record with a 3.10 earned-run average through 21 starts, the only Houston starter to sport a winning record.

Myers spent his first eight seasons in Philadelphia, and was taken by the Phillies in the first round of the 1999 draft by current Astros general manger Ed Wade.

"Brett has been a warrior for us this year," said Wade. "He has re-established himself as a frontline starting pitcher, and we're going to rely on him to anchor our staff. He brings a veteran presence, and he's still only 29 years old."

In 261 career games, including 204 starts, Myers is 81-69 with a 4.26 ERA and 21 saves.


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