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Report: Astros will pursue Miggy, Encarnacion

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The Houston Astros are looking to make a big offseason splash, as the club has its eyes on two of baseball's perennial power hitters.

With payroll expected to increase and only two players signed beyond 2017, the Astros plan on having an aggressive offseason, which could include the acquisition of Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera or free agent Edwin Encarnacion.

Houston is set to pursue one of the sluggers to beef up their roster, according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said he's feeling urgency to make a big move, and that adding Cabrera or Encarnacion would provide an explosive bat for the middle of their already talented lineup.

"We're going to be more aggressive this offseason than we have been the last few years," Luhnow told MLB Network on Wednesday.

The Tigers may be in a position to trade Cabrera, as GM Al Avila looks to shed payroll before next season. Cabrera is owed $212 million through 2023 with vesting options in 2024 and 2025 valued at $30 million each.

"The goal is to shed payroll and get better. Now, how do you do that? It may not all be accomplished in one shot," Avila told Morosi. "Are there going to be good, viable trades out there? We will find out. If there are not, we will wait ... I think there's going to be interest in several of our players. I do. It's just a matter of where we go with those talks."

Cabrera would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for Houston to acquire him, while Encarnacion is reportedly seeking a five-year deal.

The 33-year-old Cabrera slashed .316/.393/.563 with 38 home runs and 108 RBIs last season, while the 33-year-old Encarnacion hit .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and 127 RBIs.

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