Astros Rumors & News

  • Don't credit tanking for the success of Cubs and Astros

    ESPN "August Fagerstrom presented a good table of information over at FanGraphs, showing the current 40-man roster construction of all 30 teams -- including how many players were acquired via the amateur draft, trade, free agency, international signings and waivers. One thing I found particularly..." February 05

  • Around the Horn: Outfield is rock solid "The Astros will enter Spring Training camp with a set outfield, including the three starters and the two bench players. The club re-signed Colby Rasmus, who accepted a one-year qualifying offer, to return its outfield intact, though poised to be better than it was last season. That's because..." February 04

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

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    MLB Network Radio @MLBNetworkRadio

    Luhnow admits there will be a restriction on Lance McCullers next season "but we want Lance on the mound in the playoffs for us"

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • Fister: Astros' ceiling is 'as high as we want it to be'

    The Score "Doug Fister officially became a member of the Houston Astros on Thursday when the club signed him to a one-year deal, and the veteran right-hander spoke about the opportunity to play with a young and up-and-coming club. "Our ceiling is as high as we want it to be," Fister told reporters at his..." January 28

  • Astros sign Fister to 1-year deal

    The Score "The Houston Astros finally landed their highly coveted middle-of-the-rotation arm after agreeing to a one-year deal with right-hander Doug Fister on Thursday. Fister had been said to be contemplating offers from a number of teams and was seeking a two-year deal worth close to $22 million." January 28

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • Astros sign Danny Worth to minor league contract

    The Crawfish Boxes "The Houston Astros continue to fill out their roster depth ahead of Spring Training, adding utility infielder Danny Worth on a minor league contract -- per the Houston Chronicle. Worth, 30, played five season in the majors with the Detroit Tigers from 2010-14. He batted .230 (60x261) with 11..." January 26

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

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    Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart

    Astros prospect Jose Rosario, 20, died last night in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • Astros minor league pitcher Jose Rosario killed in motorcycle accident

    USA Today "The Houston Astros have confirmed that 20-year-old minor league pitcher Jose Rosario was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday night in the Dominican Republic. He was signed by the Astros as an 18-year-old minor league free agent in December 2013. Rosario pitched the last two seasons in the..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

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    Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart

    Evan Gattis said he's lost about 18 pounds, wants to be more nimble.

  • Was the Astros' password 'Eckstein' when Cardinals hacked them?

    Houston Chronicle "The password of a high-ranking Astros executive that Chris Correa used to access Astros’ systems was based on the name of a player “who was scrawny and who would not have been thought of to succeed in the major leagues, but through effort and determination he succeeded anyway,” assistant U.S...." January 23

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

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    Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart

    The Astros and catcher Jason Castro will go to an arbitration hearing to settle his contract. The two sides are $250,000 apart

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Astros, Wandy Rodriguez Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez are in agreement on a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (Twitter link). Rodriguez is a client of the Wasserman Media Group. Rodriguez, 37, will return to the organization..." January 21

  • Orioles, Astros reportedly interested in Yovani Gallardo

    Sporting News "RUMOR: The Astros and Orioles have entered the race to sign Yovani Gallardo, the top remaining free-agent starting pitcher. REPORTED BY: MLB Network's Jon Heyman DETAILS: Teams have shown varying interest in Gallardo throughout the offseason, but whether they didn't like what they saw or..." January 21

  • Astros manager Hinch shares optimism for '16 "This time last year, Astros manager A.J. Hinch played the role of salesman as he tried to convince fans his team was worth watching in 2015. That was a difficult task considering the Astros had averaged 104 losses over the previous four seasons -- and apathy was high. One year, 86 wins and a..." January 20

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Orioles and astros are among teams looking at Yovani Gallardo, the top remaining free agent starter

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Colby Rasmus wants to finish career in Houston

    The Crawfish Boxes "The Astros Caravan is in full effect. Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus, pitcher Brad Peacock and broadcaster Steve Sparks were in San Antonio to spread the good word of the Astros. Joining this merry band was reporter Brian McTaggert and Houston Chronicle sports columnist Brian T. Smith,..." January 19

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

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    Peter Gammons @pgammo

    Thrice today I had execs say "watch the Astros on Cespedes." 5th best HR park in MLB in '15. Good lineup. OK, I'm watching

  • Will the Astros be the team to sign Yoenis Cespedes?

    SB Nation "Yoenis Cespedes is still a free agent, but with the Chris Davis impasse finally at an end, that probably won't be the case for much longer. Who will sign Yo, though? Peter Gammons mentioned that the Astros are a team whose name keeps coming up with executives around the league, and that's..." January 18

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    the tigers are at least giving some consideration to cespedes, joining chisox, mets, astros (@pgammo) & surely more

  • Former prosecutor: High likelihood Astros' hacker gets 2-3 years in prison

    Houston Chronicle "The April sentencing of former St. Louis Cardinals employee Chris Correa, whose plea deal calls for up to five years in prison for hacking into Astros computer systems, is expected to bring more to light about his actions than the plea agreement he signed earlier this month - possibly a lot..." January 17

  • Astros, Dallas Keuchel reach agreement on $7.25 million deal

    The Crawfish Boxes "Oh, the joys of player control. In offseason that David Price and Zack Greinke signed contracts that will net them each $30 million-plus just during the 2016 season, Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros have reached an agreement on $7.25 million deal -- as first reported by the Houston..." January 15

  • Houston, Luis Valbuena settle in arbitration process

    The Crawfish Boxes "On Friday, Jon Heyman reports that Houston has settled on a contract figure with their incumbent third baseman, Luis Valbuena. Valbuena, who is 30 years old heading into the final year of his club control, compiled 493 plate appearances for the Astros in their turnaround 2015 season, mashing a..." January 15

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    w/ starting pitching field narrowed, teams seen as most likely spots for ian kennedy include royals, nats, astros & rockies

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    The #Astros have inquired on #Braves CF Ender Inciarte. Presumably would have to move Carlos Gomez to make a deal work.

  • Padres and Astros to play spring training games in Mexico

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that the Padres and Astros will play two spring training games in Mexico this year. The games will take place in Mexico City on March 26-27. The Padres are old-hat at playing games in Mexico. In addition to..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Ex-Cardinals Scouting Director to Plead Guilty to Hacking Houston Astros

    The Wall Street Journal "The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals is scheduled to plead guilty Friday to criminal charges in connection with an unauthorized breach of the Houston Astros computer network, according to people familiar with the case. Chris Correa, who was fired by the Cardinals last year,..." January 08

  • Former Cardinals scouting director admits illegal access to Astros' database

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals scouting director who was fired last July for his alleged role in the hacking scandal that engulfed the club pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges. Chris Correa pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Houston to five counts of unauthorized access to a protected..." January 08

  • Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay get into spat over Hall of Fame

    ESPN "After receiving the equivalent of a brushback from former major league pitcher Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens charged the mound in a social media battle surrounding the 2016 Hall of Fame voting. Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who retired in 2013 with 203 wins, 2,117 strikeouts and a..." January 08

  • Brewers sign slugger Chris Carter to one-year contract

    Hardball Talk "In between all the Hall of Fame hoopla comes a rather significant signing. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent first baseman Chris Carter. It’ll be worth $2.5 million guaranteed. Carter was non-tendered by the Astros..." January 07