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Houston Astros News: December 6, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

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Reunion with Astros an easy call for Carlos Beltran - Houston Chronicle
As an entire industry gathered at a luxurious hotel south of Washington, D.C., for the start of baseball's annual winter meetings, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow stayed back Monday in Houston to introduce Carlos Beltran in an afternoon news conference at Minute Maid Park.

Yankees Offseason Trade Target: Astros Starter Mike Fiers
The Astros are reportedly shopping two starting pitchers that could interest the Yankees at the Winter Meetings, Colin McHugh and Mike Fiers.

Texas Rangers: Gosselin: Expect Rangers-Astros rivalry to heat up after Houston's offseason moves | SportsDay
SportsDay columnist Rick Gosselin recently held a chat to discuss all things D-FW sports. Here are some Rangers highlights.Will the Rangers go...

Yankees’ pursuit of Astros veteran in difficult spot | New York Post
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Luis Valbuena’s representative, Steve Schneider, described the Yankees as one of "several" teams in "ongoing" dialogue about his client. By phone, Schneider said he has received a few offers, but would not say if the Yankees made one. Schneider also would not define what he is looking for beyond saying his client wants more than "one year" on a contract. The Yankees found initial requests too high, sources said. Schneider also said Valbuena is looking to be an everyday player, even if it is at a variety of positions. The Yankees would not be able to offer that unless they were able to trade Chase Headley, which they have tried to do unsuccessfully. Schneider said "patience is part of the process" as teams work through other players and trade options, and he described talks with the Yankees as "continuing." The lefty-swinging Valbuena was on the way to his best season in 2016 with the Astros, with 13 homers and an .816 OPS through late July, before he injured his hamstring. He ultimately needed surgery and was lost for the season.

MLB News

If the White Sox trade Chris Sale, they shouldn’t stop there -
The White Sox seem increasingly likely to move their affordable, enjoyable ace. That could start a chain reaction that would dominate the Winter Meetings

The Nationals want to trade for Chris Sale and Andrew McCutchen -
Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the Nationals’ trade desires and the start of the Winter Meetings

Dodgers re-sign Rich Hill to 3-year, $48 million contract - True Blue LA
After posting a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts between the Dodgers and A’s at age 36 in 2016, Rich Hill has cashed in with a three-year contract to return to the Dodgers.

Mark Melancon signs 4-year, $62 million deal with Giants, per report -
Closer Mark Melancon saved 98 games in the last two seasons, more than anyone else in baseball. And he cashed in with a new free agent contract.