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Astros expect decision this week

Updated: December 29, 2004, 4:40 PM ET
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Houston Astros: While the Mets are making a move on Carlos Beltran, the Astros expect to know whether the star outfielder's decision soon.

"We told him we certainly needed an answer by the latter part of this week," McLane told the Houston Chronicle for Tuesday's editions.

The team has until Jan. 8 to re-sign Beltran, but expects to know before then whether he'll return.

"Scott [Boras, Beltran's agent] told Tim [Purpura, Houston's GM]and [president of baseball operations] Tal ...

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