Topic: Houston Astros News: February 13, 2017

Houston Astros newsAstros' payroll is on its way up - Houston ChroniclePickups push salaries to club record topping $120 millionAstros' roster largely set entering camp  MLBWith Spring Training fast approaching Jon Singleton Shirt, MLB takes a look at a different aspect of this year's Astros squad each day this week. Today's topic Predicting the 25-man roster. HOUSTON  Barring injuries or any other strange occurrences during the Astros' six-week stay in West Palm Beach, Fla., the team's 25-man roster appears pretty close to set.Baseball America Astros' Francis Martes is baseball's 15th-best prospect - Houston ChronicleBaseball America ranked Astros 21-year-old righthander Francis Martes the 15th-best prospect in the sport in its annual preseason Top 100 list unveiled Friday night.Astros avoid arbitration with Marwin Gonzalez - Houston ChronicleThe Astros settled Wednesday with infielder Marwin Gonzalez on a salary for this season, leaving starting pitcher Collin McHugh as the team's lone unsigned arbitration-eligible player.Collin McHugh, Astros await arbitration ruling - Houston ChronicleA three-person panel in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday heard the Astros' salary arbitration case with starting pitcher Collin McHugh.MLB NewsPirates are still "willing" to trade Andrew McCutchen - SBNationSunday’s Say Hey, Baseball sees the Pirates keeping Andrew McCutchen’s trade window open https://www.astrostee.com/Chris_Devenski_Shirt-12. Also, Brandon Phillips may have finally waived his no-trade rights.Mike Ilitch’s legacy shouldn’t be defined by World Series failure - SBNationIn Saturday’s Say Hey, Baseball, we reflect on the passing of Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, consider the future of the Marlins, and meet another former NFLer trying to make it in baseball.Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Ilitch dies at 87 - SBNationThe Detroit native turned the Red Wings into the NHL’s gold standard.Reds on verge of trading Brandon Phillips to Braves, per reports - Red ReporterAgain?Report Sean Rodriguez to miss 3-5 months with shoulder surgery - Talking ChopThe utility infielder will reportedly need surgery after being involved in a car accident this offseason.