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Houston Astros News: December 2, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, December 2, 2016.

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Astros News

MLB rumors: Astros pursuing Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Beltran
The Houston Astros have been active so far this offseason, and they may still be looking to add a notable free agent hitter.

When the Colt .45s became the Astros and the origins of other Houston sports team names - Houston Chronicle
On Dec. 1, 1964 the Houston Colt .45s officially changed the name of the team to the Houston Astros, a move that signaled a step into the future for the franchise, the city of Houston and a fundamental change in how baseball would be played.

Houston Astros and the Edwin Encarnacion Saga
Depending on the report, the Houston Astros are either on the verge of signing Edwin Encarnacion, or have already done so. Or, they are not. Which is true?

Shake Shack Roars Into Minute Maid Park: Astros One-Up the Chicago Cubs With New Food Deals - PaperCity Magazine
The Houston Astros are bringing Shake Shack and a beloved taco import into Minute Maid Park, trouncing the champion Chicago Cubs in one vital metric. Food.

New catcher Castro thinks Twins can turn around like Astros (FOR PRINT ONLY) | |
(TNS) When Jason Castro broke into the majors in 2010 the Houston Astros lost 86 games. In 2012, they lost 107. In 2013, Castro’s All-Star season, they lost 111.

Astros Dodgers Rangers Yankees In Full Pursuit Of Rich Hill - RealGM Wiretap
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MLB News

How the new MLB collective bargaining agreement changes baseball -
International bonus caps! A shorter disabled list! Byzantine draft-pick compensation rules! Let’s grade all of it.

Andrew McCutchen trade talks between Pirates, Nationals reportedly escalate -
Five-time All-Star and former MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates is reportedly on the trading block, and the Nationals are interested. McCutchen, 30, has one year plus one club option year remaining on his contract.

Players, owners avoid lockout at a cost -
Thursday morning's Say Hey, Baseball includes some bad news for international amateur free agents, other tidbits from the new CBA, and the increasingly likely possibility of a trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from Cardinals - MLB Daily Dish
The lefty is the third rotation addition of the winter for Atlanta, joining Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey.