Osuna and the Astros avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The exact terms of the deal are not yet known. Osuna picked up 12 saves down the stretch for the Astros after a mid-season trade from Toronto, posting a 1.99 ERA in 22.2 innings for his new team. He lines up as the Astros' closer again this season, though the team has a number of quality bullpen arms behind him if he slumps.
Osuna claimed his 21st save of the season by pitching a clean ninth inning against the Orioles on Friday, only allowing a single hit. Osuna has been very effective since joining the Astros as he has a 1.99 ERA and 0.88 WHIP to go with 12 saves. He has plenty of closing experience and should remain the go-to option for manager A.J. Hinch for the foreseeable future.
Osuna logged a perfect six-pitch ninth inning Tuesday against the Blue Jays to pick up his 20th save of the season. He is now 20-for-21 in save chances this season. Earlier in the day, domestic assault charges against Osuna were dropped because the complainant, who lives in Mexico, made clear that she would not travel to Toronto to testify. Osuna agreed to stay away from the alleged victim for one year and continue counseling. He is the Astros' unquestioned closer as the postseason draws near.
The domestic assault charge against Osuna was withdrawn Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Osuna has entered a peace bond which prevents him from contacting the victim for one year. The closer served a 75-game suspension for the alleged incident earlier in the season. With no further punishment coming from the courts, the fantasy impact of the case appears to be finished.
Osuna tossed a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one while picking up the save Monday against Toronto. Osuna struck out the first batter of the frame and after allowing the tying run to the plate, he induced two flyballs to seal the victory. The 23-year-old has racked up eight saves in his previous 10 appearances and figures to have the closer's role locked down heading into the postseason. He's posted a 2.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 32 punchouts over 36 innings this year.