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Did Andrew Friedman Turn Down The Astros?

The biggest Astros scuttlebutt coming out of the Winter Meetings is that Tampa Bay executive Andrew Friedman has turned down the Houston Astros' open position at general manager.

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It was inevitable, as many people predicted the chances of Friedman joining the team were small. However, his lack of a denial was enough to keep hope alive for Houston fans. Unfortunately, there were plenty of signs that this was coming and it hasn't been confirmed yet, but it's probably a done deal.

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Other news to come out of the Winter Meetings? Interim GM David Gottfried has been given autonomy to pursue deals. That means there is a possibility that Houston could trade Wandy Rodriguez this week, but likely that will be left to the next GM.

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And...well, that's pretty much it. Don't expect the Astros to be involved in many news stories this week that don't involve GM candidates. The only player they're likely to add is a Rule 5 pickup, which won't exactly turn the internets on fire.

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But, hopefully, we'll be able to get that GM settled by the end of the week and maybe get some news that actually matters on the player front.

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