Astros Rumors & News

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015 "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • A’s and Astros swap prospects in trade

    Fanrag Sports "The Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Houston Astros in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. In order to make room on the team’s 40-man roster, the team outrighted right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl. Laureano spent the entire 2017 season at Double-A..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Kate Upton and Justin Verlander missed their own wedding because of World Series Game 7

    USA Today "Kate Upton and Justin Verlander tied the knot in Italy a few days after winning the World Series, but in an appearance on The Tonight Show Friday, the happy couple explained that they had originally planned to be in Italy on the day of Game 7 because they didn’t expect the Detroit Tigers to still..." November 18

  • Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton take home first MVP awards

    ESPN "Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball's best. These days, nobody is standing taller. Altuve won the American League MVP award Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide..." November 17

  • Astros have decision to make on prospect Ramon Laureano

    Houston Chronicle "Astros outfield prospect Ramon Laureano's stock rose considerably in 2016 but dropped off significantly last season in Class AA Corpus Christi. And in the coming days, the team must decide whether to add Laureano to its 40-man roster or risk losing him in next month's Rule 5 draft. The..." November 16

  • Astros showing interest in catcher Jonathan Lucroy

    Fanrag Sports "The World Series-champion Houston Astros are showing interest in top free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The pursuit may be something of a surprise since they already have veteran Brian McCann, but McCann was, at the very least, heavily-used last year, to the point where help is definitely..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Astros solidify 2018 coaching staff

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros have made some changes to the club’s coaching staff following the franchise’s first ever World Series title, promoting three to new positions. Jeff Albert was named as the Astros’ new assistant hitting coach, taking the place of Alonzo Powell, who was hired as the hitting..." November 14

  • Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career "Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career. And although the 40-year-old is riding off into the sunset as a champion, the Astros' championship was not a factor in his decision to walk away from the game he..." November 13

  • Astros' McCann would '100 percent' want to end career with Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "From baby Brave to World Series champion, Brian McCann has had a rare career that would best any fathomable script. And he didn’t rule out coming full circle. McCann and the Rally Foundation hosted a Benefit Bash dinner Friday at the Georgia Aquarium, followed by a celebrity charity softball..." November 12

  • Astros' World Series trophy damaged during men's gala in Houston

    Houston Chronicle "I was worried it would be a stiff event. Then someone dropped the World Series trophy. Halfway through dinner during "One Great Night in November," the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's high-powered, mens-only fundraiser, the table collapsed that held the 2017 Commissioner's Trophy, which Astros..." November 10

  • Millions in unpaid bills face contractors at Astros/Nationals ballpark

    Palm Beach Post "When the Houston Astros clinched their first baseball championship on Nov. 1, it was supposed to be a source of pride for the roster of local companies that helped build The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the team’s $152 million spring training complex that opened in February. Instead, it was..." November 10

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • MLB selling dirt from Astros' Game 7 World Series win

    Sporting News "Not only can the Astros celebrate their first World Series win in franchise history, but now fans can remember the championship with game-used dirt from Game 7. That's right, Major League Baseball's auction site is currently selling small glass jars of Game 7 dirt from Dodger Stadium. The dirt..." November 06

  • World Series champion Justin Verlander marries model Kate Upton in Italy

    ESPN "Capping a week that saw him win his first World Series ring with the Houston Astros, ace right-hander Justin Verlander added another ring just days later, when he tied the knot with supermodel Kate Upton on Saturday in Italy. The couple were married at a medieval church overlooking Tuscany's..." November 05

  • The Astros will be the fourth World Series team to appear on Saturday Night Live

    Hardball Talk "From Nomar Garciaparra and Billy Martin to George Steinbrenner and Bob Uecker, Saturday Night Live is no stranger to MLB personalities. They’ve parodied some of baseball’s biggest stars (think the eclectic “Baseball Dreams” sketch or Kenan Thompson’s David Ortiz impression) and played host to..." November 04

  • A Houston furniture store owner lost $10 million on a World Series promotion

    ESPN "The man they call "Mattress Mac" has to pay up once again now that the Houston Astros are MLB champs -- to the tune of more than $10 million. Houston business mogul Jim McIngvale, who owns Gallery Furniture, told ESPN he'll be giving back more than $10 million in purchases made from when he..." November 04

  • Houston-based professor mad that classes were cancelled for World Series parade

    Sportsnaut "A professor in Houston isn’t thrilled about the Astros’ upcoming World Series parade, which is shutting down classes at his or her university. We get it. Not everyone loves baseball. That’s a given. But when the Astros won the World Series this week, it was bigger than sports. They brought..." November 03

  • Cubs send 40 pizzas to Astros as part of new W.S. tradition

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Cubs have passed the torch — or rather, passed the pie — to the Houston Astros. The Cubs ordered 40 pizzas on Thursday to be delivered to Minute Maid Park on Friday before the championship parade in honor of the Astros winning the World Series, the Houston Chronicle reports. They..." November 03

  • A.J. Hinch: Astros will decide later whether to visit White House

    Sporting News "Several Astros players, including World Series MVP George Springer and pitcher Dallas Keuchel, said they would visit the White House if the team accepted an invitation. White House visits by championship-winning college and pro teams have been a tradition since the Reagan Administration. But..." November 03

  • Astros Exercise Club Options On Jose Altuve, Marwin Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "In perhaps the least-surprising decision of the offseason, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow tells reporters that the team will indeed exercise its 2018 club options over Jose Altuve and Marwin Gonzalez (Twitter link via the Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan). Altuve will earn $6MM next year, and..." November 03

  • Carlos Beltran unsure about his retirement plans

    Larry Brown Sports "It took 20 long years, but on Wednesday night, Carlos Beltran finally realized his dream of becoming a World Series champion. With a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series, the Houston Astros not only won their very first championship, but helped deliver Beltran what..." November 02

  • World Series champion Houston Astros have potential to be a dynasty

    USA Today "Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow uses a Seinfeld reference when pinpointing the time he saw the once-woebegone franchise start to turn around its fortunes on the way to becoming what it is today, the newly crowned World Series champion. Luhnow had arrived in December 2011, after the..." November 02

  • Report: Justin Verlander, Kate Upton to marry in Italy this month

    Detroit Free Press "In a lifetime a big moments, 2017 might be the biggest in the life of Justin Verlander. Think about 2004, when the Detroit Tigers drafted Verlander. Or 2005, when he made his major-league. There was his rookie of the year award in 2006 and his MVP and Cy Young sweep in 2011. And now, in..." November 02

  • Carlos Correa played in World Series with injured thumb

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa revealed after his team’s Game 7 World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers that he had been playing with an injured thumb since the American League Championship Series, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and The Athletic. Correa said that he..." November 02

  • Carlos Correa proposes to girlfriend Miss Texas USA Daniella Rodriguez after World Series

    Houston Chronicle "The marriage proposal everyone saw on TV after the World Series was something Astros star Carlos Correa had been planning for a while. In fact, Correa said he wanted propose to his girlfriend Miss Texas USA Daniella Rodriguez sooner, but he was patiently waiting, hoping he could do it on a..." November 02

  • George Springer Named World Series MVP

    CBS Houston "Astros outfielder George Springer was named the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player. He went 11-for-29 (.379) with 5 home runs in the fall classic. George’s 5 home runs in the series is tied for the most ever with Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley." November 02

  • Astros' Yuli Gurriel tips helmet to Yu Darvish before first at-bat

    ESPN "In an apparent effort to make further amends for his racist gesture earlier in the World Series, Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel took off his batting helmet and slightly nodded his head when he faced Los Angeles Dodgers starter Yu Darvish in the first inning of Game 7 of the World Series..." November 02

  • World Series Game 6 drew unexpectedly massive ratings, besting even 2016

    Awful Announcing "When the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and the Indians came to an end, we figured it could be a long time before baseball approached the kind of viewership those games had drawn. But here we are only a year later, and the Dodgers and Astros are drawing some shockingly excellent..." November 01

  • Gambler allegedly wins $14 million World Series bets . . . and he’s letting it ride tonight

    Hardball Talk "RJ Bell, an oddsmaker who also provides betting lines to the Associated Press, claims that a mystery gambler made an $8 million bet on last night’s Game 6 and won. Bell says he picked the first five games of the Series before that to get to is current total. Which, after last night, stands at $14..." November 01

  • Rich Hill Says Stepping off Mound to Let Yuli Gurriel Be Booed Was Intentional

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill told reporters after Tuesday night's 3-1 Game 6 win that he purposefully stepped off the mound prior to Yuli Gurriel's first at-bat to give fans more time to boo the Houston Astros first baseman. According to the Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough, Hill..." November 01

  • Astros' Game 7 starter Lance McCullers throws on field immediately after Game 6

    Houston Chronicle "While Astros manager A.J. Hinch was in a press conference announcing Lance McCullers as his Game 7 starter just minutes after losing Game 6, McCullers was on the field getting ready. McCullers took a catcher with him to right field at Dodger Stadium and began throwing warmup pitches about 10..." November 01

  • Darvish: Gurriel offered to meet and apologize after Game 3

    Bleacher Report "Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel attempted to apologize to Yu Darvish for his racially insensitive actions, but the Dodgers pitcher didn't feel as if it was necessary. "I told him you don’t have to do that," Darvish said of a possible meeting, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County..." October 31

  • McCullers available to close out Game 6 "Unlike the Dodgers, who named Yu Darvish their starting pitcher if the World Series goes to a Game 7 on Wednesday, Astros manager A.J. Hinch didn't name one prior to Tuesday's Game 6. Lance McCullers Jr. lines up to pitch Game 7, but Hinch said the right-hander could be available to close out..." October 31

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Justin Verlander is about to pitch the biggest game of his life

    Detroit Free Press "If we had told you six months ago that Justin Verlander would pitch Game 6 of the World Series with a chance to clinch the championship, you'd have been pretty darn excited. Sorry to bring that up, Detroit Tigers fans. But you know the feeling of having JV on the mound in big games, and it's..." October 30

  • Giles won't serve as Astros closer in Game 5

    CBS Sports "The Astros fell in Game 4 of the World Series to the Dodgers in part because closer Ken Giles once again struggled to get outs. Heading into Game 5, Giles has an 11.74 ERA through seven appearances this postseason. In 1 2/3 innings against the Dodgers in the World Series, he's allowed five runs on..." October 29

  • Beltran texted Darvish, consoled Gurriel after dugout incident

    The Athletic "Carlos Beltran has only two at-bats in the World Series. But to understand Beltran’s importance to the Houston Astros, simply consider the role he played in helping first baseman Yuli Gurriel deal with the fallout from the racist gesture the Cuban native made after hitting a home run off the Los..." October 29

  • Dodgers told Yu Darvish in pregame huddle they would win Game 4 for him

    Larry Brown Sports "The LA Dodgers had righty Yu Darvish in their minds as they picked up the victory in Game 4 of the World Series against the Houston Astros. In a post to his Instagram account, Darvish revealed that the team told him in the pregame huddle on Saturday that they would win the game for..." October 29

  • Astros, Dodgers convinced World Series balls are 'slicker'

    SI "Pitchers and coaches from both the Dodgers and Astros complained Saturday night about the World Series baseballs—and this time the controversy is not just about liveliness. They say there is a new problem: the baseballs used in the World Series are slicker than the ones used in the regular season..." October 29

  • Astros' Giles: 'I'm not going to let this team down'

    USA Today "In October, every player’s hot streaks and slumps are magnified as the stakes increase. The Houston Astros bullpen picked a bad time to go into a collective funk – with closer Ken Giles struggling worse than anyone. Giles’ inability to keep Game 4 of the World Series tied in the ninth inning..." October 29

  • Brad Peacock makes history in Game 3 save against Dodgers

    Yardbarker "Brad Peacock made history on Friday night in Houston and was the runaway story following the Astros’ 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series. Peacock entered the game in relief of Lance McCullers in the sixth with one out and runners on the corners. He allowed one..." October 28

  • Manfred: 'Unfair' to Astros to suspend Gurriel in World Series

    Bleacher Report "MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred praised Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish as part of his explanation of Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel's five-game suspension being delayed until 2018. The suspension was handed out in response to Gurriel making a racist gesture after hitting a home..." October 28

  • Yuli Gurriel avoids WS suspension, will serve 5-game ban in 2018

    USA Today "Yuli Gurriel will not be suspended for his inappropriate gesture during Game 3 of the World Series until next year, a high-ranking official told USA TODAY Sports. Instead, he will be suspended the first five games of next season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the actions..." October 28

  • Yu Darvish Responds to Yuli Gurriel's Offensive Gesture in World Series Game 3

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish issued a statement on Twitter in response to Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel's racist gesture during Game 3 of the 2017 World Series. In the tweet, Darvish said "no one is perfect" and that "we should put our effort into learning rather than to..." October 28