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Astros brass meets with Mills, coaches

Astros president of baseball operations Tal Smith, general manager Ed Wade and assistant general manager David Gottfried met with manager Brad Mills and his coaching staff for about three hours at the team’s hotel in downtown Cincinnati on Monday to discuss 2011 and look ahead to 2012.

“We got their impressions on the guys on the roster and needs and things of that nature,” Wade said. “We thought it was a good meeting. It was a real good exchange of ideas. Folks were very candid in their opinions. They weren’t all on the same page with everybody, which I thought was very helpful. It was good.”

Wade said meetings like this are routine at this time of year.

“We talk about who are the free agents on the club, who are the guys out of options going into Spring Training next year, some other things of that nature,” he said. “We talk about a little bit about needs going forward.

“We literally went player-by-player, starting with the pitchers and then the catchers and infielders and outfielders and some of the guys who are on option or were on the disabled list during the season, long enough for the coaching staff to have some observations. We talked about all that stuff.”

Mills holds closed-door meeting

Astros manager Brad Mills held an extended closed-door meeting prior to Wednesday’s series finale against the Pirates that lasted more than an hour. Mills and a handful of players stood up and addressed how to get the Astros going in the right direction during the nearly meeting.

“Any time you’re going through a time like we’re going through, there’s a lot of things you need to talk about, and that’s what we kind of have to go through,” Mills said. “It’s a great group of guys that want to compete and be good and have the ability to be good. They have a lot of talent out here with the way they play. To hear them talk about that was good.”

When asked why he decided to have a meeting Wednesday, Mills didn’t offer many details.

“There was some situations that kind of came up in [Tuesday] night’s game that preempted a little bit of that, but then it was not just [Tuesday] night’s game,” Mills said. “There was other things we have to talk about.”

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