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Houston Astros News And Notes From The Past Week

With the offseason in full swing, I’ll try and recap the latest small tidbits of Astros information each week. The pieces of big news will receive it’s own articles but all small information will be recapped in Astros News and Notes on each Friday.

Mashiro Tanaka was officially posted earlier this week. What does this have to do with the Astros? Likely nothing, but you never know. All the Astros have to do is try and sell Tanaka on the future instead of the past. If the Astros (somehow) are the team Tanaka chooses, then they will paying a nice sum of money for the 25-year old Japanese pitcher who posted a 24-0 record with a 1.37 ERA in 2013.

As Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) pointed out, the Astros are a long shot in this process. Drellich compares the Tanaka “pursuit” to that of Shin-Soo Choo. The Texas Rangers ultimately signed Choo and it’s likely the Astros would have only signed him if he lowered his years and price. With Tanaka however, his contract is likely going to be a bit cheaper and shorter than Choo, something that entices the Astros and almost every other team out there. You can expect the Astros to try and make a run at Tanaka but it’s going to be a tough sell.

MLB Network ran their annual “Face of the Franchise” contest and it appears that fans believe Jose Altuve should own that title. That’s not surprising given the current state of the Astros, though I suspect that will change next season.

According to Brian McTaggart (MLB.com), the Astros future Spring Training facility may be in doubt. Jim Crane hoped to move to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and share the facility with the Toronto Blue Jays. Now however, the city agreed to allow Palm Beach County officials to scout out the area for a better location for all involved.  Astros general counsel Giles Kibbe had this to say about the current holdup:

This is a good opportunity to help the city and the county be perfectly sure that a new two-team facility will go in the right location. The Astros believe that the current location is perfect for this project, but we’ll keep an open mind.We appreciate the county’s interest in getting more involved. Spring Training on the East Coast of Florida depends on this project. This is a lot bigger than the Astros and Palm Beach Gardens.

 

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