Teams have until Friday at 7 p.m. CT to tender 2018 contracts to their salary arbitration eligible players. Of the nine Astros who fall into this category, only righthander Mike Fiers is a candidate to not be tendered a deal.

The other eight players combined should account for between $40 and $50 million in salary on the Astros' 2018 payroll. For three Astros - righthanders Lance McCullers Jr., Brad Peacock and Ken Giles - this will be their first trip through the arbitration process, which will ensure them their first career seven-figure salaries.

Lefthander Dallas Keuchel and centerfielder George Springer will command the highest salaries of the Astros' arbitration eligible players. Keuchel, who made $9.15 million last season, is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to make $12.6 million. This is his last year of arbitration eligibility. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award Winner and two-time All-Star is in line to become a free agent after the 2018 season.