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Houston Astros News: December 9, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, December 9, 2016.

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Astros News

AL Notes: Chapman, Yankees, Encarnacion, Astros, Tigers - MLB Trade Rumors
The Astros prefer not to move upper-level prospects in their search for rotation upgrades, GM Jeff Luhnow tells’s Brian McTaggart.

Astros strike out on filling pitching needs at winter meetings - Houston Chronicle
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The winter meetings came and went without the Astros landing a frontline starting pitcher.

Baseball's new breed of GM: Young, analytical, Ivy-bred - Houston Chronicle
For three days last month, the brain trusts of all 30 Major League Baseball teams gathered at a ritzy resort in the wealthy desert suburb of Scottsdale, Ariz., and tried to find common ground.

Gadea Made Rays Move In Unusual Way |
The Rays hadn't made a Rule 5 pick since 2010, but Kevin Gadea changed that

MLB News

Dexter Fowler reportedly signs with Cardinals -
After two years with patrolling center field for the Chicago Cubs, Dexter Fowler has a new contract with the division rival St. Louis Cardinals.

Dodgers, Marlins, Nationals pushing for Kenley Jansen -
Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball sees Kenley Jansen becoming popular in a hurry, the Adam Eaton trade, and the starters your team can trade for.