The Astros still want a new spring training complex in Palm Beach County

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There was talk of the Astros and Blue Jays moving in to a joint spring training complex in Palm Beach County. That’s probably not happening. But the Astros still want to do it. And maybe the Nationals will be their bunkmates:

The Astros and Nationals have spoken about it, albeit not extensively, and plan to do so again, a person with knowledge of the talks said. The Nationals, who train in Viera, Fla., had a preliminary conversation with county officials last week.

Giles Kibbe, general counsel for the Astros, said the team is open to a new complex with either the Blue Jays or Nationals.

It’d be heard to move to the Atlantic coast alone given that only a few teams are left over there. Doubling up makes sense and, as the Arizona complexes have shown, probably make for the best use of resources overall.

Astros talking to Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole about extensions

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It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.

That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.