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Thursday, November 16, 2006
Reports: Astros make offers to sluggers Lee, Soriano

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The Astros have made multi-year offers to free-agent sluggers Carlos Lee and Alfonso Soriano, according to media reports out of Houston.

A Major League Baseball official said the Astros also are in serious discussions with right-handed pitcher Woody Williams, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday night. Astros general manager Tim Purpura told the Fox television affiliate in Houston that he plans to make an offer to Williams in the next day or so.

Purpura told the Chronicle late Wednesday he had made some offers, but wouldn't confirm to which players.

Meanwhile, Lee's agent, Adam Katz, told the Fox station the two sides have talked and that the discussions have been productive.

Lee hit .286 with 37 homers and 116 RBI last season with the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers. Soriano hit .277 with 46 homers, 41 steals and 95 RBI for the Washington Nationals.

Williams was 12-5 with a 3.65 earned-run average for the San Diego Padres.