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Houston Astros News: February 16, 2017

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Houston Astros News

Astros headed to franchise record-setting payroll - Houston Chronicle
The Astros are going to enter the 2017 season with a franchise-record payroll of more than $120 million.

Astros build team, and new complex, for the future
Getting to the Houston Astros' clubhouse at the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches can be a spring workout in itself

Astros expand netting at Minute Maid Park for the 2017 season |
Additional netting will be used to create new seating availability and increase fan options at the ballpark.

Astros' Lance McCullers getting comfortable with adjusted mechanics - Houston Chronicle
During Lance McCullers' rehab from the shoulder soreness that delayed the start to his 2016 season, the Astros introduced to their electric young righthander a mechanical tweak they hoped would alleviate the stress on his arm.

Striking a balance a promising prospect for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Lineup without holes gives rotation a nice backup plan

Astros' Collin McHugh: 'No bad blood' over arbitration hearing - Houston Chronicle
Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh sought out general manager Jeff Luhnow on Wednesday morning before the team's pitchers and catchers took the fields for their first spring training workout.

Astros bullpen catcher gets muddy at spring training - Houston Chronicle
While Astros pitchers and catchers were getting acclimated to their new spring training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, bullpen catcher Carlos Munoz was busy.

What can Houston Astros Fans Expect from Josh Reddick in 2017? - Houston - Scout
The Houston Astros have a new $52 million man playing right field, so let's get to know what he has done throughout his career and how he projects to play in 2017.

MLB News

Rangers and Yu Darvish haven’t engaged in serious extension talks -
Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes Yu Darvish’s future, the favorites to win the World Series, and Carter Capps’ absurd delivery.

Alex Reyes’ injury is a bitter blow for the Cardinals -
Wednesday’s Say Hey Baseball laments the loss of Alex Reyes for 2017. Plus, a Kansas City Royal suffered a bizarre injury.