Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thursday Morning Hot Links

I'm home from work with the flu, so let's pass the time with some hot Astros content. 

*It is five days until Pitchers & Catchers report. 

*A.J. Hinch said he'll likely use over 150 different lineups in 2017. 

*The Astros and Marwin Gonzalez avoided an arbitration hearing with a $3.725m deal for 2017 and a club option for 2018 worth $5.125m. 

*You'll be able to watch eight Astros play on various World Baseball Classic rosters: Jose Altuve (Venezuela), Carlos Correa (Puerto Rico), Alex Bregman (USA), Carlos Beltran (Puerto Rico), Luke Gregerson (USA), Nori Aoki (Japan), and Kevin Chapman (Canada). Minor-league signee Dayan Diaz will play for Colombia. 

*The Astros are buying an empty office building in West Palm Beach to turn into a hotel for Spring Training, and to turn into $$$$$ from April-January.

*Mike Lupica wrote about the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

*MLB is going to try out - in the Gulf Coast League and Arizona League - starting extra innings with a runner on 2nd base. Yep, you heard that right. An American League executive:
This is something that was discussed in the big group at the GM Meetings. It got more support than the strike zone change.