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January 17

1973 - The Astros sign catcher Luis Pujols as a free agent. He would be a reserve for the Astros for seven seasons, hitting above .200 only twice.
1964 - Jeff Tabaka is born in Barberton, OH. The southpaw reliever compiles a 1-2 record with one save over the 1995 and 1996 seasons as an Astro.
1961 - The Houston Sports Association buys the minor league Houston Buffs, a team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals for decades. The HSA runs the team for the rest of the season while building a transition to National League play the following year.
1915 - Chalmer Luman Harris is born in New Castle, AL. He would become the first manager of an indoor baseball team when the Colt .45s move into the Astrodome and become the Houston Astros in 1965.

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3/02      WSH*#     ----
3/03     @NYM*      ----
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3/05     @MIA*      ----
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3/09     @STL*      ----
3/10     @NYM*      ----
3/11      MIA*      ---- 
3/12     @WSH*#     ----
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3/14      NYM*      ----  
3/15      WSH*#     ----
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3/17      ATL*      ----
3/17     @BOS*      ----
3/18     @WSH*#     ----
3/19      NYY*      ----
3/20      STL       ----
3/21     @MIA*      ----
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3/25      WSH*#     ----
3/26     @WSH*#     ----
3/27      STL       ----
3/28     @MIA*      ----
3/29      MIA*      ----
3/30      CHI$      ----
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Houston Astros recap - 01/14/17 - Keuchel, Springer Among Contract Signers
Keuchel, Springer Among Contract Signers
Will Pudge Join Bagwell At Cooperstown?

Springer Dingers will fly in '17
(c) Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle
After almost a month of silence coming from the Astros, the front office announced Friday that three players eligible for arbitration had been signed to one-year deals. Among them is former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel who agreed to a $9.15 million contract. This will be a "make good" year for the American League's top pitcher in 2015 who fell off to a 9-12 campaign with a 4.55 ERA in 2016. The 29-year-old lefty will be entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility next winter and he would either need to be signed to a longer contract for 2019 or become a free agent.

Outfielder George Springer also came to terms with the Astros for $3.9 million. The 27-year-old will have three more years to go before becoming a free agent. Fellow outfielder Jake Marisnick also agreed to a new contract - his reported to be worth $1.1 million.

That leaves four players who will need to come to an agreement in the next few weeks or face a three-judge panel in February to determine whether the player's desired salary is more fair that what the club's final offer will be. Those four are pitchers Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers, Will Harris and infielder Marwin Gonzalez. None should be that difficult to sign although Harris spent time as the team's closer for part of the summer and earned a spot on the American League All-Star team, two factors Harris and his agent will hope can drive up his salary.

The Astros announced that 18 non-roster invitees will be joining the 40-man roster for Spring Training, hoping to catch a job with the parent club. In all honesty, very few positions will be up for grabs barring trades or injuries.

Wednesday the 18th will be the date that Hall of Fame inductions will be announced. Popular first baseman Jeff Bagwell seems to be close to a certainty to join his infield buddy Craig Biggio as Houston inductees. Outfielder Tim Raines, who starred with the Expos and Yankees among others, also appears to be a lock to win induction.

75 percent of all ballots must list a nominee for them to achieve induction. Catching legend Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, who was an Astro for less than a season during 2009, may also have enough to get elected this year in his first attempt.

Former Astros Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Jeff Kent and Billy Wagner are not expected to reach the 75% threshold this year but each should remain eligible for next year.

Finally, rumors persist that the Astros are the leading candidate to land Chicago White Sox lefthander Jose Quintana in trade if the Sox decide to deal him as they did lefty Chris Sale earlier this winter. Quintana was an All-Star last year and is expected to cost three of Houston's top prospects if they agree to the deal. He would be able to fit with Keuchel and McHugh to upgrade the starting rotation should the trade get done.

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Ex-Astros pitcher turned author auctioning materials - Houston Chronicle
Bagwell’s Hall of Fame wait likely to end - Associated Press
McHugh calls out Trump on Twitter [again] - Houston Chronicle
Dedicated fans help Hall bid for Raines, Bagwell - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Hall voting shifts in Bagwell's favor - Houston Chronicle
Phils' voice Andersen forever tied to Bagwell - Astros.com
Biggio talks Hall of Fame, Bagwell - Astros.com
Bregman will play for Team USA in Classic - Astros.com
Bregman to represent U.S. in World Baseball Classic - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel, Springer Among Contract Signers
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Astros, LHP Keuchel avoid arbitration on $9.15M deal - Sports Xchange
Astros now charging fans a fee to print out season tickets - KHOU-TV
It's almost time for the Astros - SportsRadio 610
Prospects, vets among Astros' 18 NRIs - Astros.com
Astros avoid arb with Keuchel, Marisnick - Astros.com
Martes among 18 minor leaguers invited to Astros' spring training - Houston Chronicle
Astros avoid arbitration with Keuchel, Springer - Houston Chronicle
Astros announce Spring Training non-roster invitees - Astros Daily
Buies Creek Astros hire manager - Fayetteville Observer
Keuchel among 7 arbitration-eligible Astros - Astros.com
Additions give Astros' lineup added versatility - Astros.com
Astros ready to roll out caravan week - Astros.com
Breaking down Bagwell's Hall of Fame case - Astros.com
Ensberg feels he was 'born to coach' - Houston Chronicle
Quad Cities gets four new coaches for 2017 season - Midwest League Traveler
Gattis getting hitched before heading to spring training - Houston Chronicle
Fayetteville ballpark design continues - Ballpark Digest
Pitcher’s mound rises at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Post
Altuve, McCullers excited by Astros off-season upgrades - KHOU-TV
Spiers helps coach Clemson to NCAA title - Astros.com

Astros announce Spring Training non-roster invitees
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Keuchel, Marisnick avoid Arbitration

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