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Houston's farm system on the rise

Even though the Astros are in a bit of a transitional phase, they still expect to contend in 2006.

Originally Published: January 19, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider

At the winter meetings in December, Astros general manager Tim Purpura announced that the team would not be offering salary arbitration to Roger Clemens. If the best 43-year-old pitcher in baseball history is going to return to Houston this season, it won't be until May 1 at the earliest.

Last week, the Astros had a mild dustup in the papers with first baseman Jeff Bagwell and his agent, Barry Axelrod, over a medical exam. The Astros need to assess the state of Bagwell's shoulder as ...

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