Astros Rumors & News

  • Astros' Yuli Gurriel to play more infield positions

    Houston Chronicle "Yuli Gurriel will play more at all four infield positions this season to give Astros manager A.J. Hinch more options in games and with the roster. Gurriel has the experience and enthusiasm to do it. At spring training last year, the Astros turned Gurriel into a full-time first baseman, which..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley suspended for violating drug program

    ESPN "Houston Astros minor leaguer Forrest Whitley, one of the game's top pitching prospects, has been suspended 50 games for a violation of minor league baseball's drug program, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday. Whitley's suspension is without pay. Whitley, 20, was the Astros'..." February 21

  • Marlins To Sign Cameron Maybin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have agreed to terms with outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Tim Healey of the Sun-Sentinel (Twitter link). Terms are not yet known, but Healey notes that Maybin is already at the team’s spring facility. Maybin, 30, will help fill out a Miami outfield mix that was drastically..." February 21

  • Charlie Morton has hilarious take on MLB rule changes

    Sportsnaut "MLB’s rule changes have clearly struck a nerve with the Houston Astros. Justin Verlander commented on the issues with them on Monday. Later in the day, teammate Charlie Morton did the same thing — only in a slightly different way. Verlander’s issues were about the practical issues of limiting..." February 19

  • Justin Verlander speaks out against MLB rule change

    Sportsnaut "In hopes of picking up the pace of play, Major League Baseball made some strong rule changes on Monday. Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is not pleased with one of the amendments. One of the rules states that teams will only be allowed six mound visits per nine inning games. This..." February 19

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • CC Sabathia reacts to Justin Verlander’s thoughts on Yankees hype

    Sportress of Blogitude "CC Sabathia opted to more or less agree with how Justin Verlander took issue with how the New York Yankees are being hailed as front-runners in 2018, not the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. “He is not lying,” Sabathia said of Verlander’s take, via the New York Post. Verlander..." February 15

  • Collin McHugh wins arbitration case

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros right-handed starting pitcher Collin McHugh has won his arbitration case against the team, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. McHugh had an injury-riddled 2017 campaign, with both shoulder and elbow issues sidelining him for a significant portion of the..." February 15

  • No Extension Talks Yet Between Astros, Dallas Keuchel

    MLB Trade Rumors "There have yet to be any extension negotiations between the Astros and Dallas Keuchel, the ace left-hander told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart and other reporters today. If a long-term deal is struck between the two sides, Keuchel said that it would have to happen by Opening Day — like most players,..." February 15

  • Astros' Keuchel won't negotiate extension during season

    MLB.com "Dallas Keuchel, who's set to become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, said Wednesday he won't negotiate with the Astros during the regular season. That means the club would have to try to sign Keuchel this spring or risk watching him hit the open market. "If there is something, it's..." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Justin Verlander dismisses notion that Yankees are AL team to beat

    Sportsnaut "Let it never be said that athletes don’t pay attention to what those in the media say about them. Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander proved on Tuesday that he’s quite aware of predictions that have been made. Chris Russo, host of MLB Network’s “High Heat,” made it clear that in the..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • The Orioles are interested in Collin McHugh

    Hardball Talk "The Orioles have reportedly reached out to the Astros about right-hander Collin McHugh, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. While a trade doesn’t appear to be imminent, McHugh could help bolster the Orioles’ woefully thin rotation, an opportunity he’s unlikely to get in Houston as the..." February 11

  • Astros have engaged Marlins in talks for Realmuto

    Larry Brown Sports "The Miami Marlins have gotten rid of nearly all of their top players, but one remains: JT Realmuto. Since the Marlins have cleaned house this offseason, it makes sense that teams have been asking about Realmuto. According to one report, the Houston Astros are among the teams to inquire about..." February 10

  • Jake Odorizzi, Collin McHugh Reportedly Drawing Trade Interest

    MLB Trade Rumors "Starters Jake Odorizzi of the Rays and Collin McHugh of the Astros continue to draw trade interest, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes, though he adds that neither is evidently close to being dealt. With all the top free agent starters still unsigned, some teams are surely still waiting to..." February 08

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • Astros to wear gold for first two home games in honor of World Series title

    CBS Sports "In honor of the first World Series championship in franchise history, the Houston Astros are going to open the home part of their season wearing gold for the first two games in Minute Maid Park. OK, well, only their letters, numbers and the star on the hat will be gold, but that's still a pretty..." February 08

  • Astros set for March 12 visit to White House

    MLB.com "The Astros announced on Wednesday they will visit the White House on March 12 to meet President Donald Trump and be honored for winning the 2017 World Series. Because the Astros don't play the Washington Nationals in the regular season and won't play the Baltimore Orioles until late September,..." February 07

  • Carlos Beltran says he will not visit White House with Astros

    ESPN "Carlos Beltran won't be joining his former Houston Astros teammates at the White House when their World Series championship is recognized later this year. Beltran told reporters on Tuesday in New York City that he has decided to forgo the trip to Washington. He also said he is disappointed with..." February 07

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • Astros, George Springer Agree To Two-Year Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have agreed to a two-year, $24MM contract with outfielder George Springer, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). Springer, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time as a Super Two player this offseason, will earn $12MM in each year of the deal. Springer is..." February 05

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Ken Giles wins arbitration case with Astros

    Fanrag Sports "Ken Giles has won his arbitration case. The Houston Astros closer will earn $4.6 million in 2018, after a panel of arbitrators ruled in his favor over his team’s. The Astros submitted a bid of $4.2 million to the panel. Regardless of whether or not he emerged victorious from arbitration, next..." February 03

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • Nationals sign Reid Brignac to minor-league deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals and free agent infielder Reid Brignac have agreed on a minor league deal for the upcoming 2018 season, with an invitation to spring training included, FanRag Sports confirms. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the two sides were in agreement. Brignac..." January 29

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Astros 1B Jon Singleton suspended 100 games

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros minor league first baseman Jon Singleton has been slapped with a 100-game suspension by MLB for failing a third drug test, the league announced on Tuesday. Additionally, minor league pitcher Dean Deetz received an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Singleton, 26,..." January 24

  • Astros Claim Buddy Boshers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have claimed left-handed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins, per a team announcement from Houston. Boshers was designated for assignment by the Twins in order to clear a roster spot for Addison Reed. Boshers pushes Houston’s 40-man roster up to a count of 39. Set to..." January 22

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Gerrit Cole throws shade at Pirates organization

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros acquired right-handed starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates this past weekend, and Cole is thrilled to be a part of his new team. What is Cole thrilled about specifically? “It’s really special,” said Cole in his introductory press conference on..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Astros' Lance McCullers plans to focus on changeup during spring training

    Houston Chronicle "Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. once again plans to use spring training to develop his changeup, a pitch that helped propel him to the All-Star Game last July but eluded him in the second half of the season and the playoffs. "I really want to get my changeup back to where it was last year in..." January 15

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Gerrit Cole Reportedly Traded to Astros for Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, More

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Pirates have finally decided to move on from Gerrit Cole after trading the right-handed pitcher to the Houston Astros on Saturday. Per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the Pirates will receive infielder Colin Moran and right-hander Joe Musgrove from the Astros for Cole. Jon..." January 13

  • Astros Agree To Terms With Keuchel, McCullers & Three Others

    CBS Houston "The Houston Astros agreed to terms with five players it was announced on Friday, including pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. Also receiving one-year deals were Evan Gattis, Jake Marisnick, and Brad Peacock. The one-year deals all allow the teams to avoid arbitration with the..." January 12

  • Astros avoid arbitration with Jake Marisnick

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year, $1.9 million contract with outfielder Jake Marisnick, thus avoiding arbitration, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. Marisnick enjoyed the best offensive output of his career in 2017, registering a slash line of .243/.319/.496..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Report: Gerrit Cole trade to the Astros is “imminent”

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that a trade of Pirates starter Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros is “imminent.” As we noted yesterday, Jeff Passan had reported that Houston was dangling outfielder Derek Fisher in talks with the Astros, but with the Yankees still reportedly interested, it would..." January 10

  • Report: Pirates Agree To Trade Gerrit Cole To Astros

    SI "The Houston Astros have agreed to a deal for Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Cole went 12-12 in 2017 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts. He has a 3.50 ERA in 127 career starts. His best season came in 2015 when he went 19–8 with a 2.60 ERA and 202..." January 10