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Astros ask third baseman Matt Dominguez to learn first base
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

With the Astros recently acquiring infielder Luis Valbuena, third baseman Matt Dominguez has been asked to start learning how to play first base, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"You get a bigger glove, so it can't be that hard," Dominguez said.

Dominguez has spent the last two seasons as the full-time third baseman for the Astors, but he will compete with Valbuena for the starting role this season. If Valbuena wins the third base job, the Astros want Dominguez to be able to switch to first base.

"[Astros manager A.J. Hinch] thinks I'm going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do."

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Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez avoids arbitration with one-year deal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Astros and shortstop Marwin Gonzalez have come to terms on a $1.0625 million contract for next season, avoiding arbitration, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. Gonzalez reportedly asked for $1.4 million, while Houston initially offered $900K. 

Gonzalez posted a .277 batting average, a .400 slugging percentage, with 23 RBI over 285 at-bats last season.

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Astros' Jose Altuve: It seems like we're ready to go to the playoffs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Astros have been active this offseason trying to reshape the roster for the 2015 campaign. Some of the roster moves made have included the acquistions of Evan Gattis, Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily, as well as the signings of Jed Lowrie, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus. 

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is pumped up about the roster additions and indicated Friday he feels the Astros have a chance to compete for a playoff spot in 2015, per The Houston Chronicle.

“I think the front office, they know what they’re doing,” Altuve said. “I always expect a winning season. No matter what team we have, I always want to win.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of movement lately on the team. It seems like the thing is we’re ready to go to the playoffs, so we’re going to work hard for that.”

The Astros finished fourth in the AL West in 2014 (70-92). Altuve made his second All-Star team in 2014, while leading the majors in hits (225) and batting average (.341).

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Astros SS prospect Correa: 'Anxious,' 'ready' to get back on field
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros shortstop prospect Carlos Correa, who has been sidelined since late June due to a fractured fibula, said he is back to 100 percent, per MLB.com.

"I’m anxious because I want to show them I’m ready and I’m back, and my ankle is feeling great," he said.

Correa, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, has logged just 229 games in the minors and hasn't played above high Class A. Although, it seems he is very eager to make his MLB debut.

“I can’t wait for the moment to be up there," he said.

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Report: Astros not told they're out of running with Ryan Vogelsong
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Houston Astros have yet to be told they're out of the running with free-agent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Vogelsong was nearing a deal with Houston on Tuesday, but shifted course the following day, and is now serious talks with the San Francisco Giants, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 37-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA over 184 2/3 innings with San Francisco last year.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJose Altuve , 2B.341
HRChris Carter , DH37
RBIChris Carter , DH88
OBPJose Altuve , 2B.377
SLGChris Carter , DH.491
RJose Altuve , 2B85
SBJose Altuve , 2B56
WDallas Keuchel , SP12
ERADallas Keuchel , SP2.93
WHIPDallas Keuchel , SP1.18
KCollin McHugh , SP157
SVChad Qualls , RP19
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