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Houston Astros: 10 Players Now Playing for Major League Spots in 2013
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The trade deadline has passed and once again the Astros were big sellers. They traded away five key players on their roster with the departure of Carlos Lee, Chris Johnson, Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez and J.A. Happ. GM Jeff Luhnow has kicked the rebuilding process into overdrive.

By moving all these players it has opened a number of holes in the starting lineup, creating a number of opportunities for younger players. This should make things very interesting next spring training with how many position battles there is expected to be.

For players to claim one of these spots they will need to finish the 2012 season strongly to position themselves as the front runner heading into 2013. These are the top 10 players who are playing for starting spots in 2013 when the Astros play their first season in the American League.

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