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Houston Astros News: January 23, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, January 23, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

MLB team report: Astros season hinges on rotation
The Astros took a step back in 2016, missing the playoffs. Starting pitching let them down, as their ERA increased from 3.71 in 2015 to 4.37 in 2016.

GM Jeff Luhnow sees pieces in place for Astros | MLB.com
HOUSTON -- General manager Jeff Luhnow said he doesn't expect the Astros to make any additional moves before the start of Spring Training in 3 1/2 weeks, though they continue to monitor the market for starting pitching and left-handed relief. The Astros, who will see pitchers and catchers report Feb. 14 to the team's new facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., have been targeting starting pitching the entire offseason, beyond adding Charlie Morton in November. They've been linked to nearly every available starter on the trade market, most notably Chris Archer, Jose Quintana and Sonny Gray.

MLB News

Remembering Yordano Ventura and Andy Marté - SBNation.com
Baseball lost two players in separate accidents over the weekend, and we’re all forced to remember that nothing makes sense.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in Dominican Republic car crash - SBNation.com
The World Series champion pitcher was 25 years old.

Former Cleveland Indians infielder Andy Marte killed in car crash - SBNation.com
Marte, who was 33 years old, died in an early-morning car crash in his home country, the Dominican Republic.

Tim Lincecum doesn’t think he’s done yet - SBNation.com
Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball features the determination of Tim Lincecum, Pudge’s special honor, and Adam Jones’ new offseason job.

The Rangers are still in pursuit of Mike Napoli - SBNation.com
Saturday’s Say Hey, Baseball takes a look at a potential reunion between the Rangers and Mike Napoli and the top two farm systems in baseball (according to Keith Law).