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The Astros

The American League West will have a new team in it when fantasy baseball leagues begin anew this Spring. After spending almost their entire existence in the National League Central, the Houston Astros will finally be relocating to a division that better represents them geographically. That might be the only good news in fantasy baseball leagues during this upcoming season for the Astros though.

The Astros finished the 2012 season with the worst record in all of baseball, but they also played in an incredibly weak division that was chalk full of mediocre teams that did not have incredibly high payrolls (such as the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers). Even though the Astros are a very young team that is almost completely devoid of any kind of useful players in fantasy baseball leagues in their starting lineup or in their rotation, when they were members of the National League Central, there was always a distant hope to be found that they could turn things around and at least look competitive for a while in a division that did not feature any kind of perennial frontrunners (people also forget, but the Astros played in the World Series less than a decade ago). Now they will be playing in a division that features a team loaded with All-Stars that has gigantic payroll (the Los Angeles Angels), a team that wants to have a big payroll and will likely refresh their roster with highly paid players sooner rather than later (the Texas Rangers) and a team that has one of the league’s lowest payrolls, but won the division last year because they have one of the most shrewd and brilliant general managers in baseball history (the Oakland Athletics and Billy Beane). And more than that, the Astros move to the AL West will have far reaching implications for everyone in baseball.


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