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Houston Astros News: February 17, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, February 17, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

George Springer plans to pick brain of new Astro Carlos Beltran - Houston Chronicle
Sixty-six wooden lockers line the perimeter of the spacious clubhouse in the Astros' new spring training complex.

Astros report: A.J. Hinch won't rush naming of opening-day starter - Houston Chronicle
Considering Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers finished last season injured, the Astros manager will allow at least part of spring training to unfold before making any sort of declaration about who will start April 3 against Seattle.

The Most Interesting New Houston Astro | FanGraphs Baseball
Daily baseball statistical analysis and commentary.

Houston Astros: spring training question |
Houston Astros: spring training question

Astros closer Ken Giles bulks up over offseason - Houston Chronicle
Ken Giles came into last offseason with a clear No. 1 goal – to get stronger.

MLB News

The 5 most curious decisions made by baseball’s contending teams -
These teams are as win-now as win-now gets, but they calmly and quietly filled these roster holes.

Alex Reyes and sympathy for the Cardinals -
Alex Reyes is out for the season, and the Cardinals are probably used to these surprise injuries by now.

Blue Jays Discussing Deal With Mat Latos - Bluebird Banter
The Blue Jays are far along in discussions with right-handed pitcher Mat Latos, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. Latos, 29, posted a 4.89 ERA in 17 games last season, splitting time...