Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The Houston Astros' last season in the National League was a forgettable one. The Astros said goodbye to the senior circuit with a whimper, posting their second straight 100-loss season before moving to the American League West for 2013. Houston finished with the worst record in the majors for the second year and its 55-107 mark is the worst in franchise history, one game below last year's finish, in Jim Crane's first season as owner. This group of Astros never really had a chance after the few remaining veterans were jettisoned before the trade deadline and they were forced to play with a roster comprised of just one player who made more than $1 million. Their payroll at the end of the year was down to $61.7 million, higher than only Pittsburgh and Oakland. ''We've done a lot of work this year,'' Crane said. ''It doesn't look like it on the field because the results aren't there yet, but I think it's been fun. We've made a lot of changes. I think that's going to pay off as we m...
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