Houston Astros Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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Houston Astros Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News
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For Houston Astros fans, this offseason may be one that helps get the franchise back on track. The team has already been linked to some high-profile names, so keep an eye on the Astros this winter.

Switching to the American League wasn't kind to Houston. Its 51-111 record was the worst in franchise history, and it marked the third consecutive season that the team lost more than 100 games. On the bright side, things can really only go up from here.

The Astros had a team payroll of around $22 million in 2013; that's the amount that some individual players make in a season by themselves. So, obviously, the team needs to start spending. And there are quality players on the market that can help the team get back to being competitive, so let's see if the team will start throwing money at players.

MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reported that Astros owner Jim Crane expects next year's payroll to be at least twice as big as this year's, which means that the team should be active in free agency.

Rumors are hard to follow, and moves can happen quickly. This article will be updated on a daily basis, which will make it easier for fans to follow along. This tracker will be a place that will keep fans current, so be sure to stay tuned in order to see what goes on with the Astros this winter.

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