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Feb 16, 2018
Astros' spring training site gets naming rights agreement

Astros' spring training site gets naming rights agreement

Florida-based lifestyle company FITTEAM has signed a 12-year naming rights agreement for the Astros' and Nationals' FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches spring training site in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Feb 16, 2018
Five Texans players to watch in 2018

Five Texans players to watch in 2018

Here's a look at five players who are under contract and need to make significant contributions next season. We're not counting stars like Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus:
Feb 15, 2018
Slow market may affect pending free agency of Astros' Dallas Keuchel

Slow market may affect pending free agency of Astros' Dallas Keuchel

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Astros have just gotten started, but Dallas Keuchel already has thought about the end. Keuchel will become a free agent after the upcoming season, which means it could be his last with the only organization he has known. The Astros under owner Jim Crane have not signed a player to a deal longer than five years or greater than seven figures. Scott Boras, Keuchel's agent, typically starts negotiations for his superstar clients at those marks or better. Complicating his future more, Keuchel could be stranded next offseason, at age 31, the way that multiple All-Star...
Feb 15, 2018
John McClain: Not the same old AFC South for Texans

John McClain: Not the same old AFC South for Texans

Now that Indianapolis finally has its new coach in Frank Reich, what are we to make of the AFC South next season? As teams prepare for the start of free agency March 14 and the draft April 26-28, some predict the AFC South will be the NFL's most improved division and perhaps even one of the best. To be competitive from top to bottom, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has to pick up where he left off in his rookie season, and the Colts' Andrew Luck must return to play an injury-free season. In 2017, Jacksonville (10-6) won the AFC South, and Tennessee (9-7) earned a spot in the playoffs. They...
Feb 6, 2018
Should teams lose a lot to win later like the Astros?

Should teams lose a lot to win later like the Astros?

Tanking is in. Tanking is cool. Tanking is the new-world order in Major League Baseball. Losing a lot now to hopefully win big later is also preventing a ton of already-rich ballplayers from becoming even wealthier in 2018. "A record number of talented free agents remain unemployed in an industry where revenues and franchise values are at record highs," MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark said Tuesday in a statement. "Spring training has always been associated with hope for a new season. This year, a significant number of teams are engaged in a race to the bottom. This...