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Complete Houston Astros 2014 Spring Training Preview
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Just looking at what the Houston Astros are putting on the field, it can be difficult to see a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. The franchise has lost more than 100 games three consecutive years and spent just $26 million to field a team last season. 

When you are playing in the American League West with powerhouse teams like Oakland and Texas as well as free-spending teams like Los Angeles and Seattle, it's not going to be pretty to watch if you're a Houston fan. 

No one is going to say that 2014 will be significantly better than the last three years, but the Astros will certainly be more fascinating to watch. 

General manager Jeff Luhnow has done an outstanding job rebuilding the farm system in such a short time, trading away the few valuable MLB assets remaining and drafting well. It's easier to add impact talent when you are picking No. 1, but you still have to develop that talent and the Astros certainly appear to be doing that. 

Patience is a virtue that every fan in Houston needs right now. Keep the optimism flowing, because the Astros' spring training should be one of the most fascinating to watch this season. 

Here is a recap of what has happened to the Astros this offseason, as well as a look at what to expect when the team reports to camp. 

Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. 

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