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I must admit: When it snowed last week in Houston, I thought something had happened. You know, hell had frozen over because the Houston Astros of the Drayton McLane Era were finally on the road to making great baseball decisions and building a team that will be taking champagne showers in a few years. Gone would be the heartaches of 1980, of Bob Knepper running out of gas in Game Six of the 1986 NLCS, and of Houston's flat performance in the 2005 World Series. False alarm, apparently. The Houston Chronicle 's Jose De Jesus Ortiz reports that Houston apparently had offered closer Jose Valverde between $10 million to $12 million in arbitration for a one-year contract. Valverde rejected it and is now a free agent. Ortiz quotes Astros general manager Ed Wade as saying, ôWe can still have the ...

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