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Houston Astros News: February 13, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, February 13, 2017.

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Astros' payroll is on its way up - Houston Chronicle
Pickups push salaries to club record topping $120 million

Astros' roster largely set entering camp |
With Spring Training fast approaching, takes a look at a different aspect of this year's Astros squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster. HOUSTON -- Barring injuries or any other strange occurrences during the Astros' six-week stay in West Palm Beach, Fla., the team's 25-man roster appears pretty close to set.

Baseball America: Astros' Francis Martes is baseball's 15th-best prospect - Houston Chronicle
Baseball America ranked Astros 21-year-old righthander Francis Martes the 15th-best prospect in the sport in its annual preseason Top 100 list unveiled Friday night.

Astros avoid arbitration with Marwin Gonzalez - Houston Chronicle
The Astros settled Wednesday with infielder Marwin Gonzalez on a salary for this season, leaving starting pitcher Collin McHugh as the team's lone unsigned arbitration-eligible player.

Collin McHugh, Astros await arbitration ruling - Houston Chronicle
A three-person panel in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday heard the Astros' salary arbitration case with starting pitcher Collin McHugh.

MLB News

Pirates are still "willing" to trade Andrew McCutchen -
Sunday’s Say Hey, Baseball sees the Pirates keeping Andrew McCutchen’s trade window open. Also, Brandon Phillips may have finally waived his no-trade rights.

Mike Ilitch’s legacy shouldn’t be defined by World Series failure -
In Saturday’s Say Hey, Baseball, we reflect on the passing of Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, consider the future of the Marlins, and meet another former NFLer trying to make it in baseball.

Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Ilitch dies at 87 -
The Detroit native turned the Red Wings into the NHL’s gold standard.

Reds on verge of trading Brandon Phillips to Braves, per reports - Red Reporter

Report: Sean Rodriguez to miss 3-5 months with shoulder surgery - Talking Chop
The utility infielder will reportedly need surgery after being involved in a car accident this offseason.