Odds & Ends: Byrdak, Rangers, Storen

Sunday night links..

  • The Astros have agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.6MM with pitcher Tim Byrdak, writes Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.  The dollar figure is the midpoint between Houston's offer and Byrdak's submission.  The agreement leaves Wandy Rodriguez as the team's last remaining arbitration eligible player.
  • Boston's international scouting efforts are starting to yield some results, writes Daniel Barbarisi of The Providence Journal.  Of the twelve minor leaguers at this year's rookie development program, six of them were foreign-born.
  • Jon Heyman of SI (via Twitter) hears that Chuck Greenberg's group will pay $570MM for the Texas Rangers, though he notes that is unconfirmed.
  • While all eyes are on Stephen Strasburg in Washington, right-hander Drew Storen is trying to make the Opening Day roster, writes Bill Ladson of MLB.com.  The Nationals used their other first-round selection, tenth overall, to select Storen in the 2009 draft.

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