Astros Rumors & News

  • Astros' offensive resurgence allows pitchers time to rest

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros' recent offensive renaissance, and the starting rotation's historic start to the season, has afforded manager A.J. Hinch a somewhat perplexing dilemma. His starters are dominant, pitching deep into games without much fatigue and enough left to possibly finish them. Charlie Morton..." April 23

  • Justin Verlander responds to heckler with makeshift sign

    Sporting News "A good heckler can quickly upgrade an average sporting experience to an entertaining one — especially when they elicit a response from the athletes in the game. Clearly aware of this, Justin Verlander decided to make the nights of fans sitting near the Astros' away dugout. Apparently a..." April 22

  • Verlander upset with 'overaggressive' baserunning, celebration from Anderson

    Houston Chronicle "Unwritten rules: A stoic veteran pitcher is at odds with an excitable third-year player. Starter Justin Verlander vocally opposed some "over-aggressive" decisions made by White Sox third baseman Tim Anderson in the fifth inning, which concluded with the pitcher exchanging words with Anderson at..." April 21

  • Yuli Gurriel thinks his brother Lourdes is even better than he is

    Larry Brown Sports "Yuli Gurriel is a pretty accomplished baseball player, but he thinks his brother could be even better. Gurriel’s brother, Lourdes, was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday and is set to start at second base. It’s an impressive jump for Lourdes, who is going straight from Double-A to the..." April 21

  • Gerrit Cole sets strikeout record in third start for Astros

    Sporting News "Gerrit Cole is doing really well with his change of scenery. The Astros acquired the former No. 1 overall pick this offseason after a year in which he finished with a career-worst 4.26 ERA with 31 home runs allowed, and the 27 year old looks nothing like the pitcher he was in 2017. Cole..." April 14

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018

    Forbes.com "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • Astros to exercise caution, put Yuli Gurriel on DL

    Houston Chronicle "Yuli Gurriel is headed to the disabled list. A.J. Hinch revealed the move following Houston's 6-1 win against the Orioles on Monday, hours after saying there were no setbacks during Gurriel's live batting practice session at Houston's West Palm Beach spring training facility on..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Astros, Leslie Alexander could owe Comcast $54 million or more

    Houston Chronicle "The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Comcast on a critical element of the 2013-14 Comcast SportsNet Houston bankruptcy case, reopening the possibility that the Astros and former Rockets owner Leslie Alexander could have to pay $54 million or more to Comcast. In a 16-page..." April 02

  • George Springer traded fan a bat and ball for his 100th HR ball

    Sportsnaut "Just like he did in 2017, Houston Astros center fielder George Springer led the 2018 season off with a home run. Following the game, Springer made a deal with the fan who caught the ball to get it back. It was actually a historic home run for two different reasons." March 30

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Astros will experiment with 4-man outfield shift this year

    The Score "Scorecards could get a little confusing during Houston Astros games this year. Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Monday he plans to use a four-man outfield in certain situations during the regular season, according to Jake Kaplan of The Athletic. Hinch had the Astros experiment with the..." March 27

  • Astros hopeful Yuli Gurriel can avoid DL after making progress with injury

    Houston Chronicle "Yuli Gurriel exited a back field at the Astros sprawling West Palm Beach spring training complex to a throng of autograph-seeking fans. "Today was the best day," he said. Gurriel took batting practice off a high velocity pitching machine on Sunday, a critical step in the first baseman's..." March 25

  • Astros' Tony Kemp making late push for outfield spot

    Houston Chronicle "Even A.J. Hinch acknowledges Derek Fisher was the favorite to capture Houston’s vacancy in left field when the club convened for spring training. Fisher’s offensive production has waned and, now, often-overlooked Tony Kemp has inserted himself into the conversation. “He’s putting on a pretty..." March 23

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Astros have tough choice at first base with Tyler White, J.D. Davis

    Houston Chronicle "For the moment at 1B, 1A and 1B are in a virtual dead heat. Tyler White and J.D. Davis will accompany the Astros home for two exhibition games against the Brewers next week, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday. Final roster decisions will not be rendered until those games conclude, the..." March 22

  • Revived Gerrit Cole enjoying fresh slate with Houston Astros

    USA Today "When agent Scott Boras met with Gerrit Cole for lunch recently, he noticed his client couldn’t stop smiling. That happens when you go from a team in decline to the World Series champions. Cole was traded to the Houston Astros in the offseason as part of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ revamping. He..." March 21

  • Astros Extend Jose Altuve

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have officially struck a massive extension with star second baseman Jose Altuve. The deal, which includes a full no-trade clause, reportedly promises Altuve $151MM over five seasons. Altuve is already under contract through 2019, a season the Astros control through a $6.5MM club..." March 20

  • Astros lock up Jose Altuve, but here's why it'll be much harder to keep Carlos Correa

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros have reportedly signed AL MVP and star second baseman Jose Altuve to a five-year, $151 million contract extension. This is of course huge news for the 'Stros and their partisans, as it means one of the most beloved players in franchise history is now secured until his..." March 18

  • Jose Altuve Has Been Insanely Valuable to the Houston Astros

    The Sports Daily "Whenever we talk about which player is currently under the most team-friendly contract, it’s impossible to look past Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. The reigning World Series champ, American League MVP, and three-time batting champ is in the midst of a five-year, $18.5 million deal,..." March 17

  • Altuve near 5-year extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "Astros superstar Jose Altuve is close to signing a five-year extension worth $150 million that begins in 2020, MLB.com has learned. The club has not confirmed the report. Altuve had been signed through the end of the 2018 season, with Houston holding a club option for 2019. The five-time..." March 16

  • Justin Verlander blasts ex-Astros prospect Danry Vasquez over domestic violence video

    Sportress of Blogitude "Justin Verlander profanely blasted disgraced Danry Vasquez after shocking footage recently surfaced of the former Houston Astros prospect beating his girlfriend during a disturbing 2016 domestic violence incident. “(Expletive) you man,” Verlander wrote on Twitter Wednesday night, with the..." March 15

  • Danry Vasquez's Ex-GF 'I Wish I Would've Pressed Charges'

    TMZ "The woman who was brutalized by baseball player Danry Vasquez says she regrets not pressing charges against him ... and prays that he's a changed man for the sake of his new wife. Fabiana Perez spoke with Univision and confirms the two did not break up until months after the 2016 attack...." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Video of abuse by former Astros prospect released

    CBS Sports "Danry Vasquez was released by the Lancaster Barnstormers -- an Atlantic League of Pro Baseball team in Pennsylvania -- after footage of a 2016 incident in which he beat his girlfriend in a stairwell was released. The video was taken in 2016, in Corpus Christi, Texas, when Vasquez was a..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Carlos Correa says he skipped White House visit to gather supplies for Puerto Rico

    USA Today "Carlos Correa said he had a valid reason for not traveling with Houston Astros to visit President Donald Trump at the White House to celebrate their World Series title on Monday. The All-Star shortstop said, according to The Athletic, that he and family members used the off day to gather..." March 13

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Jose Altuve stares blankly, steals show as Astros visit Trump

    Sporting News "The thing that stood out most about the Astros' visit to the White House on Monday was Jose Altuve's apparent complete disinterest. The reigning AL MVP was featured prominently behind President Donald Trump during the team's championship visit, but Altuve looked like he'd rather be anywhere..." March 12

  • Astros' Carlos Correa skips White House visit

    Houston Chronicle "Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa and closer Ken Giles didn't make the trip with their teammates to visit the White House on Monday. The Astros were honored at the White House by President Donald Trump, who spoke in the East Room while the Astros stood behind him. According to the team,..." March 12

  • Correa: 'I don't want to retire' without MVP

    MLB.com "Carlos Correa's list of accomplishments is extraordinary, especially for someone who will play most of the upcoming season at 23 years old. He's already won a Rookie of the Year Award, started the All-Star Game and hoisted a World Series trophy. Had he not sustained a thumb injury that required..." March 10

  • Astros Return Rule 5 Pick Anthony Gose To Rangers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced today that they received Rule 5 pick Anthony Gose back from the Astros and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. He’ll join the Rangers in big league camp as a non-roster player. The Astros reportedly placed the left-hander/outfielder on outright waivers earlier this..." March 10

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Astros Renew Carlos Correa’s Contract At $1MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have renewed the contract of star shortstop Carlos Correa at $1MM, reports FanRag’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). That comes in just shy of the record for a pre-arbitration player, set by Kris Bryant last offseason when the Cubs agreed to a $1.05MM salary. Correa’s $1MM mark ties the..." March 08

  • Astros hoping to avoid the inevitable World Series hangover: 'We're not the Cubs'

    Chicago Tribune "George Springer spent most of November being transported. Two days after the end of the World Series, he rode through downtown Houston on the back of a firetruck for the Astros' championship parade, and the next day he was carried, along with two teammates and Mickey Mouse, through Disney World..." March 08

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Astros place Anthony Gose on outright waivers

    Yardbarker "The Astros have placed lefty Anthony Gose on outright waivers, per Jake Kaplan of The Athletic (Twitter link). That will ultimately open a 40-man spot, though it’s not clear whether the organization has immediate plans for utilizing it. Gose was taken in the Rule 5 draft back in December,..." March 06

  • Astros name Justin Verlander starting pitcher for Opening Day

    Houston Chronicle "Justin Verlander will be the Astros' starting pitcher on Opening Day. Manager A.J. Hinch announced the news on AT&T Sports Net Southwest Monday afternoon." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05