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January 16

2001 - Jim Deshaies, former Astro lefthander and current broadcaster, receives one vote in the Hall of Fame balloting. It comes from local sportswriter John Lopez. Deshaies receives notoriety for a humorous website openly promoting his candidacy for Cooperstown. At least he would have worn an Astros cap.
1970 - Ron Villone is born in Bergenfield, NJ. The much-travelled lefty posts an 11-13 record in two stints with Houston (2001, 2003).
1934 - Jim "Bear" Owens is born in Gifford, PA. Owens would compile an 18-20 record in four seasons of relief in Houston (1964-1967) with 16 saves and later became the Astros' pitching coach.

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Houston Astros recap - 01/13/18 - Astros Avoid Arbitration With Five
Astros Avoid Arbitration With Five
Keuchel Reportedly Aboard for $13.2 Million

Last year for The Beard?
(c) Washington Post
Houston's 2018 payroll is taking shape as the Astros reached agreement with five of their eight arbitration-eligible players, including one of the major question marks. Dallas Keuchel has agreed to a one-year contract for a reported $13.2 million, a hefty pay raise from $9.15 million last year. The bearded southpaw tied for the team lead in victories despite significant time on the disabled list.

Keuchel is among several Astros players to be represented by tough-negotiating agent Scott Boras and will be the first of the Astros' home-grown stars to reach free agency so the way the front office treats Keuchel this coming season may be an indicator of how other Astros stars will be treated when they approach free agency.

A seventh-round draft pick of Ed Wade in the 2009 draft, the lefty was not ticketed for stardom the way some players are. He blossomed in 2015 with a 20-8 record and took home the AL Cy Young Award. After a discouraging 2016 campaign, Keuchel bounced back in 2017 with a 14-5 record and 2.90 ERA. He was named an All-Star but could not play in the All-Star classic due to injury. He has been lukewarm about whether he would stay an Astro after 2018, prompting some observers to think the 30-year-old may test the waters when free agency arrives.

Outfielder Jake Marisnick was the first to avoid arbitration, agreeing Thursday to a one-year contract worth $1.9 million. The reserve outfielder upped his game last year, blasting 16 homers in just 230 at bats before ending his season with a thumb injury. Marisnick will turn 27 when the season opens and may struggle for playing time again with other outfield options.

Catcher and Designated Hitter Evan Gattis was next to sign, agreeing to a reported $6.7 million, one-year contract. El Oso Blanco, who will turn 32 in August, is another player who sometimes had trouble cracking the lineup. He had just 300 at bats while smashing 12 homers. He, too, will be a free agent in 2019.

As of late Friday night, no numbers were available on the contract agreements between the Astros and staring pitchers Lance McCullers and Brad Peacock but they are in the fold.

Three players are left unsigned. Brian McTaggart of Astros.com has the exchanged figures between the team and the three. Closer Ken Giles ($4.6 million) and the club ($4.2 million) are just $400,000 apart. Starting pitcher Collin McHugh ($5 million) and the team ($4.55 million) are separated by $450,000.

World Series MVP George Springer ($10 million) may be the one case that goes before an arbiter. Houston is asking for an $8 million deal.

During the week, the Astros continued to be in the hunt for a third major starter for the rotation. Yu Darvish includes Houston as one of six destinations he is still pondering. The Astros were very close to striking a deal with Pittsburgh for righthander Gerrit Cole. Allegedly, outfielder Derek Fisher would have been part of the package but the Bucs were hoping to acquire a top prospect like Forrest Whitley or Kyle Tucker instead. Cole is going through the arbitration process with Pittsburgh.

A week of Astros Caravan stops included showing off the World Series trophy at the State Capitol in Austin and sharing the trophy at other Texas locations. The annual Fan Fest is also expected to happen on Saturday.

- Bob Hulsey

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The trade of Gerrit Cole capped an offseason that strengthened the defending champion Astros - The Justice
Bregman: 'I want to make an impact' - Albuquerque Journal
Astros pitching coach Brent Strom meets LI youth players - New York Newsday
Musgrove reflects on Astros tenure - Houston Chronicle
Whitley looks to stay on track after stellar '17 - Astros.com
Astros mural in the Heights gets a few new updates - Houston Chronicle
Luhnow does it again, Gerrit Cole traded to Astros - Houston Press
This day in 1998: Padres and Astros swap spare parts - Gaslamp Ball
Classic rematch? Astros, Dodgers best on paper - MLB.com
Musgrove wrote a heartfelt note to Houston - Astros.com
Post-hype player to watch: Tony Kemp, IF/OF, Houston Astros - Minor League Ball
Hard to make sense of Pirates end of the Gerrit Cole trade - Fan Rag Sports
Bucs fleeced by Astros? - Patch.com
Untouchable Kyle Tucker is the best part of Astros’ Gerrit Cole trade and sweet Yankees block - Paper City Mag
Gerrit Cole throws a wrench in Astros rotation - CBS Sports
Quick thoughts on what the Pirates netted for Gerrit Cole - Minor League Ball
World Series trophy tour keeps the celebration going for Astros fans - Houston Chronicle
Pirates deal Gerrit Cole to Astros for four players - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Astros deal for Cole - Associated Press
Pirates trade Yankees’ target Gerrit Cole to Astros: report - New York Daily News
Astros planning on World Series encore with acquisition of Gerrit Cole - USA Today
Astros mum on remaining arb-eligible trio - Astros.com
Astros add Cole to formidable rotation - Astros.com
Record crowd rocks Astros' FanFest - Astros.com
Justice: Cole key as Astros aim for WS repeat - Astros.com
New teammates excited about Cole trade - Astros.com
McCullers looks to renew changeup in spring - Astros.com
Gurriel 'learned a lot' from sensitivity training - Astros.com
What you should know about newest Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole - Houston Chronicle
Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole from Pirates - Houston Chronicle
Fans descend on Minute Maid Park for triumphant Astros FanFest - Houston Chronicle
Can The Astros Repeat In 2018? - Astros Daily
Astros give Keuchel $13.2M, one-year deal - Associated Press
Cases of three arbitration-eligible Astros remain unresolved - Houston Chronicle
Astros, Evan Gattis avoid salary arbitration - Houston Chronicle
Astros unlikely to acquire another catcher ahead of 2018 - Houston Chronicle
Dave Roberts is letting A.J. Hinch stay at his house for George Springer's wedding - Yahoo Sports
A world champion, McCann looking for more - Astros.com
'Never stopped celebrating,' Hinch set for spring - Astros.com
Astros avoid arbitration with Keuchel, 4 others - Astros.com
Astros Avoid Arbitration With Five
- Astros Daily
Astros almost (kind of maybe) pulled off a big trade for a starting pitcher - Houston Press
Everybody loves a champ: Austin turns out to see Astros - Austin American-Statesman
Astros players, Orbit visit patients at Houston Methodist Hospital - KHOU-TV
Astros show off trophy, rally fans for 2018 - San Antonio Express-News
Astros player surprises fans at SA Whataburger - KENS-TV
Astros Caravan visits the Coastal Bend - KIII-TV
Listen: Astros think big as Texans fall behind - Houston Chronicle
Inbox: Prospects who could be All-Stars - Astros.com
Beltran among Munson Awards honorees - Astros.com
Astros' title a gift to hospital patients - Astros.com
Source: Astros, Marisnick avoid arb with '18 deal - Astros.com
Bregman ready for run at Astros repeat - Astros.com
Astros avoid arbitration with Marisnick - Houston Chronicle
Young fans greet Astros players during SE Texas tour stop - Beaumont Enterprise
Best team ever? The 2018 Astros could be one piece away - ESPN
Astros and Lamar players team up to paint home - KBMT-TV
Orbit throws chicken sandwiches at Astros fans - Astros.com
Rodgers optimistic about rehab progress - Astros.com
Whitley keeping ear to ground as rumors swirl - Astros.com
The latest on Gerrit Cole trade rumors - Astros.com
Luhnow says no deal imminent for Astros - Houston Chronicle

Can The Astros Repeat In 2018?
added 01/13/2018 by Bob Hulsey
The Astros are already better now than the team that dominated last year. Adding more at this point is overkill.

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