Astros' Dusty Baker addresses Contreras rumors, JV's departure

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Dusty Baker spoke to the media after Justin Verlander's Mets deal was announced. He said they couldn't afford what the Mets offered, but spoke highly of JV on his way out. Dusty also talked about the team engaging with free agent catcher Willson Contreras, which could be sparking some jealousy from Martin Maldonado.

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Jose Abreu looks lost at the plate.Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

We're only 14 games into the Astros season, but Jose Abreu is currently hitting .081 and has been moved down to the eight spot in the batting order. Is the end of Jose Abreu's time with the Astros approaching? Should it be already?

Don't miss the video above as ESPN Houston's Jeremy Branham and Joel Blank discuss his slow start to the season, and future with the club.

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