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Houston Astros News: December 16, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, December 16, 2016.

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Astros News

Astros' Dallas Keuchel cleared to begin throwing - Houston Chronicle
Astros lefthander Dallas Keuchel has been cleared to begin throwing and plans to start his normal offseason throwing program just after Christmas, he said on Thursday.

Astros' moves set team up for competitive 2017 | MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Five years ago, when he was approved to purchase the Astros, Jim Crane had a vision of what he wanted the team to be. He dreamed of a roster brimming with talent, a packed ballpark and a chance to compete for a championship every season. Crane's team is on the cusp of having all that become a possibility, but it was an uphill climb. A 111-loss season, fading fan support for a team that for a couple of years wasn't available to watch on TV in Houston and a thin Minor League system presented an enormous challenge for Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow.

10 years ago this week, Jeff Bagwell retired from the Houston Astros - Houston Chronicle
It was 10 years ago this week that Houston Astros slugger and fan favorite Jeff Bagwell called it a career in the Bayou City after 15 seasons as an Astro.

MLB News

The Phillies signed their Rule 5 success to an extension - SBNation.com
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes Odubel Herrera’s deal, where Mark Trumbo should sign, and how lucky the Giants are.

All of your Odubel Herrera extension questions answered - The Good Phight
What started as a rare Rule 5 success story has culminated in a deal that makes basically everyone happy.

Mark Trumbo should sign with the Colorado Rockies, but ... - SBNation.com
How many teams could use an extra 47 dingers? All of them. But here’s why Mark Trumbo is still a free agent.

Derek Holland marks start of the post-Sale era - South Side Sox
One-year deal on veteran starter an attempt to patch rotation while prospects develop