Astros Rumors & News

  • AL MVP Watch: Can Yankees' Aaron Judge steal the award with his big September?

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge crushed his 47th and 48th home runs of the season, meaning he is very close to making some impressive history. The all-time rookie record is 49 home runs by Mark McGwire with the 1987 Athletics. Judge is one away from tying Big Mac's record and..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Carlos Beltran donates $1M for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico

    Sporting News "Astros star Carlos Beltran has donated $1 million to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but a number of other pro athletes have also stepped forward with aid in the wake of the storm. The Category 4 hurricane caused catastrophic damage last week to the Caribbean island and U.S...." September 23

  • Lance McCullers to start for Astros on Sunday night

    Houston Chronicle "Lance McCullers Jr. will start for the Astros in their Sunday night game against the Angels, the first of two outings he will get to prove his health ahead of the playoffs. McCullers, who after pitching Sunday would then be in line to face the Boston Red Sox next weekend, hasn't pitched since..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Astros use highly unusual shift against Albert Pujols

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros used an unusual shift to defend against Albert Pujols on Thursday night, and it worked. During Pujols’ at-bat in the bottom of the third, the Astros put three players to the left of second base, moving their shortstop and second baseman to the shallow part of the outfield...." September 15

  • Astros' Jake Marisnick: Diagnosed with fractured right thumb

    CBS Sports "Marisnick will undergo surgery on his fractured right thumb and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. Marisnick is set to undergo surgery on Friday, which would place an optimistic return for the end of October, effectively ending his regular season and casting doubt on whether he will be..." September 14

  • Mike Fiers gets five-game ban for pitch near Luis Valbuena's head

    ESPN "Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a fastball over the head of Los Angeles Angels slugger Luis Valbuena. The commissioner's office issued the penalty Thursday. Fiers is not appealing, so the penalty starts in Thursday..." September 14

  • Mike Fiers calls Luis Valbuena’s bat flip “disrespectful”

    Hardball Talk "Chapter eight gabillion in the unwritten rules wars unfolded last night during and after the Angels-Astros game. The subject: bat flips. The Angels beat the tar out of Astros starter Mike Fiers, lighting him up for eight runs on ten hits in three and two-thirds innings. One of the big blows..." September 14

  • Astros skipping Lance McCullers Jr.'s start over arm fatigue

    ESPN "The Houston Astros scratched Lance McCullers Jr. from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels after the injury-plagued right-hander reported arm fatigue and soreness while playing catch. Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Tuesday that he is "not overly concerned"..." September 13

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Will Justin Verlander Help Bring A World Series To Houston?

    The Sports Fan Journal "Late Thursday night the Houston Astros FINALLY made the deal that should have been made a month ago, a week ago or anytime prior to the last few seconds before a Major League Baseball player could be traded and still be eligible to play on the team’s postseason roster. They made a deal with the..." September 06

  • Astros activate Carlos Correa from the 10-day disabled list

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a long road back from the disabled list, but Carlos Correa is finally ready to resume his season. The Astros activated Correa from the 10-day DL in advance of Sunday’s series finale and will equip the shortstop with a special protective pad on his thumb when he takes the..." September 03

  • Justin Verlander ready to roll with Astros: 'This is what you play for'

    USA Today "Justin Verlander does not recall the exact moment his phone rang on Thursday night as he walked back from dinner. He only knows he didn't have time to waste. "Eleven-twenty something," he recounted Sunday morning from Houston, where he sat between his new bosses, Astros manager A.J. Hinch and..." September 03

  • Carlos Correa to return to Astros’ lineup Sunday, A.J. Hinch says

    Houston Chronicle "Carlos Correa should make his return to the Astros lineup Sunday, batting fourth and playing shortstop, manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday. Correa was expected to go through the Astros' indoor workout prior to the Saturday doubleheader, and Hinch said "we should be able to activate him" Sunday." September 02

  • Astros return to Houston: ‘We are not going to engage in a pity party’

    Sportsnet "The Astros returned to play at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Saturday for the first time since the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Astros hosted the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader. “The..." September 02

  • Verlander wanted trade to Cubs before Astros deal

    CSN Chicago "As the clock struck midnight out on the East Coast to signal Major League Baseball's waiver trade deadline, Justin Verlander didn't turn into a pumpkin. He turned into a Houston Astro. Though it sounds like he wanted to turn into a Cub. Yes, the biggest name traded before time ran out on the..." September 01

  • Verlander to make Astros debut Tuesday in Seattle

    Houston Chronicle "Justin Verlander will make his Astros' debut Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, manager A.J. Hinch said Friday. First pitch of the game is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. CT. Verlander, acquired late Thursday night just before the waiver trade deadline, will be pitching on..." September 01

  • Tigers trade Justin Verlander to Houston Astros

    Detroit Free Press "It was the deal that had to happen, a match made in heaven for two organizations trending in much different directions. At approximately 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander was traded to the Houston Astros for three prospects, according to multiple persons with..." September 01

  • Angels acquire Justin Upton from Tigers; Cameron Maybin headed to Astros

    USA Today "The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels have agreed to the parameters of a deal that would send outfielder Justin Upton from the Motor City to Anaheim, according to two baseball officials with direct knowledge of the trade talks. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity..." August 31

  • Montreal officials reached out to host Astros-Rangers series

    Sportsnet "Montreal officials reportedly reached out to Major League Baseball, offering to host the Houston Astros for their series against the Texas Rangers this past week, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. The series was eventually moved to Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field due to flooding in Houston caused..." August 31

  • Astros to host Mets in Houston this weekend starting with Saturday doubleheader

    New York Daily News "The Mets will be headed to hurricane-ravaged Houston this weekend after all. The Astros announced they will host the Mets in a three-game series starting with a doubleheader on Saturday. The two teams will play their regularly-scheduled day game on Sunday. "We feel that the Astros playing..." August 30

  • Astros, Mystery Team Pursuing Tigers’ Justin Verlander

    NESN "The Major League Baseball season has reached the stretch run, and teams still have a short amount of time to add keys players that can help them clinch their spot in the postseason. Justin Verlander is by far the most intriguing name out there, and he just might be moved before the Aug. 31..." August 30

  • It's only baseball: Backlash over Rangers/Astros flap is totally misguided

    USA Today "The rain won’t stop, people are dying in Houston, and thousands more are missing in one of the largest natural disasters America has ever faced. And we’re supposed to be worried about baseball? We are actually engaging in a petty feud on whether the Texas Rangers should have agreed to..." August 29

  • Astros to play Rangers, Mets at Tropicana Field

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball is reportedly relocating the upcoming Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros series to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida amid the devastating flooding in the region. The Associated Press reported the decision, adding the Astros will also play their series with the New..." August 28

  • Astros, Rangers to travel to Dallas instead of Houston

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will fly from the West Coast to Dallas-Fort Worth on Sunday night rather than fly to Houston ahead of their three-game series Tuesday-Thursday, which seems increasingly like to be postponed. “Obviously the primary concern at this time is the welfare and..." August 27

  • Jose Altuve leaves game with neck discomfort

    Hardball Talk "Astros second baseman Jose Altuve left in the bottom of the sixth inning in last night’s game against the Nationals with neck discomfort. He is considered day-to-day. He was 1-for-3 before exiting and there was nothing specific that could be seen that led to the discomfort. Altuve said..." August 25

  • Texans, Astros mulling plans as Hurricane Harvey approaches

    ESPN "As Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas, the Houston Texans and Houston Astros are among the teams pondering their options, as the storm is expected to make landfall and then stall along the coastline heading into next week. The Texans are currently in New Orleans for Saturday's preseason game..." August 25

  • Recovering from thumb surgery, Astros' Carlos Correa to begin rehab assignment

    ESPN "Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Fresno. The All-Star has been out since July 17 because of a thumb injury that required surgery. "Really excited obviously to go out there and play and be one step closer to rejoining my teammates and being..." August 23

  • Dodgers claim Jordan Jankowski off waivers from Astros

    Fanrag Sports "Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers remain well ahead of the pack in the National League standings, the surging ball club has stayed quite busy as of late. After having themselves an impressive non-waiver trade deadline en route to acquiring a slew of additional talent, the Dodgers then..." August 20

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • AJ Hinch has not heard from MLB about umpire criticism

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has not heard from MLB despite criticizing the umpires from Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hinch was especially upset with the way the game ended and criticized umpire Paul Nauert for calling out Marwin Gonzalez on strikes to end the game...." August 19

  • Astros' Hinch rips umps after loss: I'd 'like to play with 27 outs'

    Sporting News "After the Astros' 4-0 loss to the Diamondbacks Thursday, A.J. Hinch wasted no time in laying into home plate umpire Paul Nauert for the way he called balls and strikes in Marwin Gonzalez's game-ending strikeout. "Not Marwin's fault he's got to cover twice the length of the plate," the Astros'..." August 18

  • Astros place McCann on DL with knee soreness

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day DL and designated righty Jordan Jankowski for assignment, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports (Twitter links). Jankowski will lose his 40-man spot to allow the club to select the contract of Max Stassi, who is needed to fill in for..." August 15

  • Tigers and Astros discussing Verlander deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers are discussing a possible deal to send former MVP and Cy Young-winning starting pitcher Justin Verlander to Houston, sources tell FanRag Sports. Though the two continue to discuss a deal, completing one won’t be easy. Verlander, 34, is still due to make $28..." August 15

  • Astros' Clippard was notified of trade while watching 'Game of Thrones'

    Uproxx "Sundays are important for a lot of people, as it is the night where some of us sit on our couches in complete silence for an hour while watching Game of Thrones. One such person is relief pitcher Tyler Clippard, who likely won’t forget this week’s episode any time soon. Clippard started..." August 15

  • Astros looking for more bullpen help even after landing Tyler Clippard

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros are interested in making more moves even after adding Tyler Clippard to their bullpen. Houston acquired Clippard from the White Sox on Sunday for a player to be named later. The 32-year-old reliever is bouncing around a bit this season, as he went to Chicago in a deal with..." August 14

  • White Sox trade reliever Tyler Clippard to Astros

    Chicago Tribune "Tyler Clippard wore a White Sox jersey Sunday afternoon. By Sunday night, the reliever's Twitter bio, which featured a picture of him in a Yankees uniform, stated he plays for the Astros. Clippard's Instagram account stated the same, and not long after, the Sox announced they had traded..." August 14

  • Josh Reddick says Astros were not happy with trade deadline

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick says that he and his teammates were not happy about the lack of activity from the front office as the MLB trade deadline came and went at the end of July, according to MLB Network Radio. “Deep down, everybody in that clubhouse knew we were going to make..." August 10

  • Astros activate George Springer from disabled list

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros activated All-Star outfielder George Springer from the 10-day disabled list before Wednesday night's game against the White Sox. Springer missed the Astros' previous 13 games because of a left quad injury. Tyler White was optioned to Class AAA Fresno to make room for Springer." August 09

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Justin Verlander Reportedly Drawing Interest from Astros

    Bleacher Report "The Houston Astros reportedly had contact with the Detroit Tigers about a potential trade involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander. On Sunday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported the news, citing sources who said the contact occurred "this month." However, Morosi cautioned it is "unclear if..." August 07