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Houston Astros News: December 1, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, December 1, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros avoid arbitration with Nori Aoki, agree to one-year deal - Houston Chronicle
Count in Nori Aoki - now officially - as part of the Astros' 2017 outfield.

Houston Astros, Nori Aoki agree to terms on 1-year deal
The Houston Astros and outfielder Nori Aoki have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.

Twins sign former Astros catcher Jason Castro to three-year deal - LA Times
The Minnesota Twins signed former Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro to a three-year contract worth $24.5 million, a deal agreed to last week and finalized Wednesday.  Castro will make $8.5 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. He became a free agent after six seasons with...

Report: Astros Avoid Arbitration With Nori Aoki
The Houston Astros and outfielder Nori Aoki have reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth $5.5 million for the upcoming 2017 season ...

MLB Winter Meetings: Houston Astros May Be Big Buyers
The Houston Astros enter the baseball Winter Meetings potentially among those looking to make a big free agent signing or marquee trade addition.

MLB News

What MLB's new collective bargaining agreement means for baseball -
5-year deal through 2021 is subject to ratification by the league and its players.

MLB, Players Association reach deal on new collective bargaining agreement -
Players and owners reached a 5-year deal, keeping the labor peace in MLB.

World Series home field advantage no longer determined by All-Star Game, per report -
Major League Baseball is ending a 14-year experiment which tied the All-Star Game winner to home field advantage in the World Series. With the new collective bargaining agreement, that is no more.

Justin Turner should sign with the Cardinals, but the Dodgers are still the favorites -
Justin Turner is an oddball free agent. Where will he sign?