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Astros Morning Snippets: Contract extension chatter

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HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, right, and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow chat during battting practice at Minute Maid Park on June 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, right, and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow chat during battting practice at Minute Maid Park on June 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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The latest news around the Astros and baseball on February 21st, including some comments from club owner Jim Crane about the possibility of a contract extension for both Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Contract extension chatter

While the Astros prepare for their first Spring Training game action this weekend, Astros owner Jim Crane went into a detail on a variety of subjects, link from Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. One item of interest was Crane’s comments about possibly offering a contract extension to Verlander and Cole, both of whom are scheduled to be free-agents next offseason.

In addition to his comments about contract extensions, Crane also shed some insight on the Dallas Keuchel and Marwin Gonzalez front, both of whom are already free-agents now.

Pay attention to Abraham Toro in 2019

Jake Kaplan of The Athletic recently wrote an insightful article about little-known Astros prospect, Abraham Toro. Did you know Toro is French-Canadian-Venezuelan? I didn’t, but I am glad that I know now. I recommend reading it, and finding out more about a prospect who could force his way into Houston’s long-term plans. After all, players are people, too.

Starters named for upcoming Grapefruit League games

In addition to naming Brady Rodgers as the starter for the first game of the Astros Spring Training schedule, the club later announced their plans for the subsequent games through next Thursday.

Forrest Whitley is picking up steam

In another piece from Rome, Astros’ top prospect Forrest Whitley is catching attention early in camp. Included in the piece is a breakdown of Whitley’s performance against actual major league hitters (George Springer, Tony Kemp, Jake Marisnick, Josh Reddick, and Michael Brantley). It’ll be interesting to see how Whitley progresses through Spring Training, although it is unlikely he will start the season with major league club. But if the young right-hander can carry this positive momentum into the upcoming season, we may see Whitley in the majors sometime this summer.

Next. What to glean about Carlos Correa’s performance against breaking pitches. dark

Astros Stat of the Day

Remember the last time that an Astros’ starter had exactly 35 starts? It was Andy Pettitte back in 2006 when he threw a total 214 1/3 innings with a 4.20 ERA and 4.13 FIP. Incidentally, Roy Oswalt started 35 games in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Only 35 days ’til the Astros start their season in Tampa against the Rays on March 28th.

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