Astros Rumors & News

  • Astros owner: 'We've made our big moves' after signing Beltran

    Fox 26 Houston "The Astros have agreed to terms with free agent slugger Carlos Beltran to a one year deal worth $16 million. "He was a good option without a long-term deal," Astros owner Jim Crane said in an interview with Fox 26 Sports. "Some of these deals are a little risky with what they want. His..." December 04

  • Astros continue aggressive offseason with signing of Carlos Beltran

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have agreed to a one-year, $16MM deal with free agent DH Carlos Beltran, ESPN’s Buster Olney writes (Twitter links). Beltran will receive a no-trade clause, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News had previously tweeted that Beltran would sign..." December 03

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

    Yardbarker "On Wednesday night, the baseball world got good news when the league's owners and the players union came to an agreement regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new CBA will be in place for the next five years and while both sides made concessions that people are moaning about, the most..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Mike Napoli’s former teams all interested in reunion

    Fanrag Sports "Mike Napoli is coming off one of the finer seasons of his career, and as a result, the free agent first baseman is drawing interest from several teams. Indications are that the three most serious in their pursuits of the 35-year-old slugger are all former teams of Napoli’s — the Boston Red Sox,..." November 30

  • New York in 'full pursuit' for Rich Hill, Boston 'in mix,'

    Mass Live "ESPN's Jim Bowden is reporting that the New York Yankees are among four teams "in full pursuit" of free agent starting pitcher Rich Hill while the Boston Red Sox are one of two teams "in the mix to a lesser degree." Bowden reported: "Rich Hill has four teams that are all 'in' full pursuit of..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Heyman: Twins sign former Astros catcher Jason Castro

    Fanrag Sports "As the Twins attempt to pick up the pieces after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history, they will be doing so with an import catcher. Minnesota has won the bidding war for former Astros backstop Jason Castro, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was..." November 22

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Yankees have heavy company in Carlos Beltran sweepstakes

    New York Post "The perception of executives inquiring is the Yankees, Red Sox and Astros are the most competitive teams for Carlos Beltran, with perhaps the Rangers lurking to try to retain him. The executives say that beyond the obvious – Beltran, even with his 40th birthday approaching in April, remains a..." November 22

  • Five MLB teams that may look far different very soon

    USA Today "Even before the turkey’s in the oven, several teams have hinted at an offseason reshuffling that might significantly change their roster composition for next year. USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz examines five clubs that could be on the verge of a remake and in which direction they’re..." November 22

  • Jason Castro Reportedly Has Multiple Three-Year Offers

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free-agent catcher Jason Castro has received three-year offers from multiple clubs, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). A team willing to push its offer to four years could ultimately be the team to lock a deal into place, he notes, adding that many clubs are viewing Nick..." November 22

  • Astros showing interest in Napoli

    CBS Sports "Earlier in the winter, we brought you news that the Astros were interested in adding either Miguel Cabrera or Edwin Encarnacion. On Sunday, another rumor surfaced linking Houston to a potential first-base type. The first baseman in question this time is erstwhile Indian Mike Napoli, according..." November 21

  • Astros' deal with Josh Reddick makes Nori Aoki a non-tender candidate

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros have a decision to make in the next two weeks regarding recently acquired outfielder Nori Aoki. Thursday's four-year, $52 million agreement with free agent corner outfielder Josh Reddick makes it less of a certainty the team tenders Aoki a contract in arbitration before the Dec. 2..." November 20

  • Astros place Singleton on waivers

    MLB.com "Jon Singleton, the former Astros top prospect who signed a five-year, $10-milion contract upon his promotion to the big leagues in 2014, has been placed on outright waivers, a source told MLB.com Saturday. If he clears waivers, he'll be outrighted to Triple-A and off the 40-man roster. The club..." November 19

  • Rays made 'initial' offer to Castro

    Hardball Talk "The Rays have thrown their hat in the ring for catcher Jason Castro, who hit the open market this offseason and has reportedly been in talks with the Twins and Braves, among other teams. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, comments from Castro’s agent Fred Wray suggest that the..." November 19

  • Brian McCann tells Daily News he agreed to Astros deal because 'I just want to catch every day'

    New York Daily News "Brian McCann loved playing in New York. He just loved catching more. The Yankees traded the 32-year-old to the Astros on Thursday, sending McCann and $11 million to Houston in exchange for righthanded pitchers Albert Abreu — the Astros' No. 7-ranked prospect — and Jorge Guzman. McCann, who..." November 18

  • Reports: Josh Reddick, Astros agree on 4-year, $52 million deal

    ESPN "The Houston Astros and free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick have agreed on a four-year, $52 million contract, according to multiple reports. The agreement, which is subject to a physical, was first reported by Yahoo Sports. In 155 combined games between the A's and Dodgers, Reddick hit .281..." November 17

  • Astros acquire Brian McCann from Yankees

    USA Today "The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Brian McCann from the New York Yankees for two prospects, with the Yankees also picking up a portion of McCann's salary for the next two seasons. McCann, who turns 33 in February, takes over behind the plate in Houston for free agent Jason Castro. He was..." November 17

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Astros Sign Charlie Morton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros announced that they’ve signed right-hander Charlie Morton to a two-year contract. The 33-year-old is a client of Jet Sports. Morton has spent the bulk of his career with the Pirates but spent the 2016 season in the Phillies organization after being acquired in a trade last winter...." November 16

  • Braves among serious bidders for Jason Castro

    Rotoworld "ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves are "among the most serious bidders" for free agent catcher Jason Castro. The Braves have already added a pair of veterans (Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey) to their rotation and continue to aim high for another starter, but they have also made upgrading..." November 16

  • Source: Carlos Beltran’s decision may be coming down to Red Sox, 3 other teams

    WEEI Boston "It appears the Red Sox have some familiar competition for Carlos Beltran’s services. According to a source familiar with the negotations, four teams have currently shown the most interest in the 39-year-old outfielder/designated hitter — the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. The Rangers,..." November 16

  • Alex Cora named Astros bench coach

    Hardball Talk "The Houston Astros have named Alex Cora their new bench coach, Ken Rosenthal reports. Cora played 14 seasons in the majors and has been a TV and radio analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes since he retired in 2012. He has been a candidate for multiple managerial gigs in the past couple of..." November 15

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Five potential MLB trades that make too much sense

    Sportsnaut "The 2016-17 season has already yielded a few MLB trades, but there are more to be made. Which ones make the most sense for all teams involved? Where should All-Star pitchers like Sonny Gray and Chris Sale wind up? Can the Red Sox find a home for Pablo Sandoval? How can the champs improve? Would..." November 14

  • Why an Astros trade for Miguel Cabrera is extremely unlikely

    Houston Chronicle "Despite a report suggesting the Astros will pursue future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera in a trade with the Detroit Tigers, all indications are such a deal is extremely unlikely. Cabrera, 33, is guaranteed $212 million over the next seven seasons. The Astros under Jim Crane's ownership group..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • Astros want Miguel Cabrera or Edwin Encarnacion

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros are of course in contending mode and in 2017 will have legitimate designs on the AL West title. The 2016 season was something of a disappointment following the strides made the year prior, and to the end of shoring up those roster weaknesses, GM Jeff Luhnow apparently has..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Miguel Cabrera to the Astros? Why one analyst thinks it would make sense

    Michigan Live "The Houston Astros are planning to expand their payroll this winter and are willing to pay big bucks for a big bat. Could they be targeting Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera? The MLB Network's Jon Morosi wrote this week that the Astros are the best fit for Cabrera and he expects..." November 09

  • Astros ‘hot’ for Carlos Beltran, who’s still getting interest from Rangers

    New York Daily News "Carlos Beltran remains on the Rangers' radar, but the other team in Texas appears to be in pursuit of the designated hitter. According to a source, the Astros are "hot" for Beltran, who spent half a season with Houston before signing with the Mets before the 2005 season. He played two and a..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Astros clear bullpen logjam and shed salary by trading Pat Neshek to Phillies

    Houston Chronicle "Rather than decline his $6.5 million contract option and send him into free agency, the Astros on Friday traded veteran reliever Pat Neshek to the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash. The Astros saved $6.5 million in the transaction. If they had not found a trade partner, they were..." November 04

  • Astros Exercise 2017 Option On Evan Gattis

    MLB Trade Rumors "Astros catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis tells Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston that the team has informed him that his $5.2MM club option for the 2017 season will be exercised (Twitter link). Houston could have otherwise bought out the option for $100K and retained Gattis via arbitration, but..." November 04

  • Astros claim outfielder Nori Aoki off waivers

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros on Thursday claimed outfielder Nori Aoki off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Aoki, who will be 35 next season, batted .283 with a .349 on-base percentage and a .388 slugging percentage in 417 at-bats in 2016. " November 03

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Astros Void Deal With Cuban Prospect Cionel Perez

    MLB Trade Rumors "10:10pm: A medical matter of some kind gummed up the arrangement, ESPN.com’s Keith Law tweets, though the precise issue isn’t known. 7:37pm: The Astros have voided their agreement with top Cuban pitching prospect Cionel Perez, sources tell Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs (via Twitter). It’s not..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • Trey Hillman Leaving Astros To Manage Korea’s SK Wyverns

    MLB Trade Rumors "The SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization announced yesterday that they’ve hired Astros bench coach Trey Hillman as their new manager (via Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News). Hillman signed a two-year contract that’ll pay him $1.6MM, per Yoo’s report, which also notes that Hillman will become just..." October 27