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Houston Astros News: December 15, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, December 15, 2016.

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Astros News

Deep roster offers Astros manager A.J. Hinch plenty of options - Houston Chronicle
Don't expect the daily mixing and matching to change in 2017 now that the Astros have the deepest - and arguably the best - lineup in the American League.

Fayetteville, Houston Astros sign 30-year agreement to bring baseball to downtown | Local News |
The city of Fayetteville and Houston Astros officials signed a 30-year agreement Tuesday afternoon that will bring minor league baseball downtown.

Will Erickson, 7, never thought Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow would reply to letter 'because he's busy'
When 7-year-old Will Erickson penned a letter to Jeff Luhnow imploring the Astros GM to not trade George Springer, he never dreamed he would get a response "because he's busy."

MLB News

The Rockies still think Ian Desmond is a first baseman -
Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the Rockies feeling too comfortable with Desmond, and Cleveland still lying about Chief Wahoo.

Yankees trade rumors: Brett Gardner and Chase Headley available to free up payroll - Pinstripe Alley
The Yankees want to cut payroll. Shocking.

Pablo Sandoval’s goal: be average - Over the Monster
Pablo Sandoval could be great again, but he doesn’t have to be

Braves rebuild looks a lot like it did in 1990 - Talking Chop
The Braves have struggled for the past two seasons, but if history lends us any foresight into the near future, this team may be in for a major turnaround soon.