Astros Rumors & News

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Collin McHugh wins arbitration case with Astros

    Houston Chronicle "Starting pitcher Collin McHugh won his salary arbitration case against the Astros, meaning he will make $3.85 million this season rather than the $3.35 million proposed by the team. A three-person panel in St. Petersburg, Fla. made the ruling Tuesday. The sides presented their cases Friday but..." February 14

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Astros, Marwin Gonzalez avoid arbitration

    Hardball Talk "The Astros and utilityman Marwin Gonzalez avoided arbitration on Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3.725 million for the 2017 season. Gonzalez had filed for $4.2 million and the team countered at $3.25 million, so they met right at the midpoint. The Astros also hold a club option..." February 08

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Astros plan to use Cardinal bounty to add starting pitcher

    USA Today "Houston Astros owner Jim Crane pulls past the orange cones, into the dirt parking lot, and, in every direction he looks, sees scaffolding and men running in wearing hard hats. He walks inside the sprawling building, and there’s nothing but empty walls, unfinished floors, strewn plumbing..." February 03

  • Colby Rasmus has an interesting theory on why he didn't win a Gold Glove

    CBS Sports "Outfielder Colby Rasmus, who recently signed with the Rays, played for the Astros last season. While he hit far below his usual standards in 2016, he enjoyed probably his best season in the field. In recognition of those efforts, he was named a Gold Glove finalist. In the end, Mookie Betts,..." January 31

  • Cardinals deserved far worse punishment from MLB after hacking Astros

    Fox Sports "My first reaction? The Cardinals got off easy. Their top two picks from this year’s draft — Nos. 56 and 75 — are going to the Astros, along with the accompanying pool money. They also must pay the Astros $2 million within 30 days of Monday’s decision. I wish commissioner Rob Manfred had gone..." January 30

  • Cardinals fined $2 million, must send two draft picks to Astros as hacking penalty

    Hardball Talk "The punishment for the incident in which former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa hacked into the Houston Astros scouting and analytics database has been issued: The Cardinals have been fined $2 million and must surrender two draft picks to the Astros. The picks are their two..." January 30

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • Rays make official deal with OF Colby Rasmus, release OF Coats

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays VP Chaim Bloom said the Rays are "comfortable" with Rasmus' rehab progress, that they know he will be behind in spring training but "are optimistic" he will be ready to start with season, with "a good chance" he'll be active for the 4/2 opener. Rasmus said the chance to be reunited with..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Ex-MLB player Aubrey Huff crushed for immigration tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB player Aubrey Huff decided to share his thoughts on the rash of protests that have broken out across the United States in recent weeks, and it did not go very well for him. On Sunday night, Huff tweeted that all of the people who were getting together to protest should consider..." January 30

  • As MLB ruling nears, new details of Cardinals' hacking of Astros account

    Houston Chronicle "A federal judge has unsealed details about former St. Louis Cardinals executive Chris Correa's hacking of the Astros' email and player evaluation databases, clearing the way for Major League Baseball to impose sanctions against the Cardinals as soon as this week. Three documents entered into..." January 29

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Astros 'not expecting' to add frontline starter

    Houston Chronicle "Twenty minutes into a question-and-answer session with general manager Jeff Luhnow on Saturday, Astros fan Mike Bray broached the topic on everyone's minds. "So, Jeff, are you still talking trades," asked Bray, 66, who occupied a second-row seat for the forum, part of the Astros' annual FanFest..." January 23

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Angels reportedly nearing multiyear deal with Luis Valbuena

    Orange County Register "The Angels are reportedly nearing a multiyear deal with free agent Luis Valbuena, who would add depth at multiple positions on their infield and another left-handed bat to their roster. Terms of the deal, reported Thursday by Venezuelan reporter Efrain Zavarace, were not available, although..." January 20

  • Astros, Mike Fiers Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have avoided arbitration with right-hander Mike Fiers by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.45MM, reports Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). Fiers had filed for a $3.9MM salary, while the team countered at $3MM, as can be seen in MLBTR’s 2017 Arbitration Tracker. His..." January 19

  • Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds are on Hall of Fame trajectory

    New York Post "Getting Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens their deserved day in Cooperstown is similar to how Jerry described breaking up in an episode of “Seinfeld”: “[It’s] like knocking over a Coke machine. You can’t do it one push. You’ve got to rock it back and forth a few times and then it goes..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Astros still in contact with Athletics about Gray

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have been known to be seeking rotation upgrades for much of the offseason, and while the team’s pursuit of White Sox lefty Jose Quintana hasn’t gained much traction, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that Houston as also maintained contact with the Athletics regarding right-hander Sonny..." January 16

  • Collin McHugh calls out Donald Trump for criticism of John Lewis

    Hardball Talk "Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was among those who took to social media on Saturday after Donald Trump disparaged Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis on Twitter. During NBC News’ “Meet the Press” interview on Friday, Lewis called Trump’s presidency into question, casting doubt on its..." January 16

  • Bregman commits to represent team USA at WBC

    Houston Chronicle "Astros third baseman Alex Bregman will play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, he announced Friday via Twitter. Bregman, 22, is one of at least six Astros players who will miss part of spring training to participate in the WBC. Jose Altuve (Venezuela), Carlos Correa..." January 14

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • If what Carlos Beltran says is true, the Astros may be a World Series contender

    CBS Sports "Back in early December, the Astros made one of the first major signings of the offseason when they inked veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran to a one-year contract. He's returning to Houston following his brief stint with the team in 2004. Beltran, now 39, wrote about his decision to return to..." January 10

  • Report: Rays agree to terms with outfielder Colby Rasmus

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus pending the outcome of a physical. The team would not comment on the news, first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Rasmus, 30, a centerfielder for most of his eight-year career, figures to play leftfield and DH for..." January 10

  • Astros emerge in continuing Quintana talks

    MLB.com "Trade talks continue regarding White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana, and the Astros are one of the most serious suitors, sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Friday. With the Astros trying to get back to the playoffs after a disappointing third-place finish in the American League West in..." January 07

  • Report: Rays Rejected Huge Trade Offer for Star Player

    12 Up "​Despite their poor season in 2016, the Rays have quite a bit of talent on their roster that they could potentially trade in the event they wanted to rebuild. One of those is starting pitcher Chris Archer, who has reportedly been available. The Astros have been looking for a front-end starter..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Renderings of Rangers new stadium sure look like Astros' Minute Maid Park

    Houston Chronicle "Renderings of the Texas Rangers' soon-to-be-built ballpark were released Thursday and they sure look awfully familiar. The retractable-roof stadium's renderings feature arches in the left-field concourse and bleachers high up on the left-field wall that look a lot like what the Astros have at..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Astros' George Springer to skip World Baseball Classic

    Houston Chronicle "Astros outfielder George Springer has decided he won't play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, according to a report from ESPN. Springer is eligible to play for the United States or Puerto Rico, the birthplace of his mother, Laura. He had said recently he neared a decision on whether he..." January 03

  • Colby Ramus Would Fill Void in White Sox Outfield

    Fox Sports "The White Sox have yet to fill their void in the outfield. One option might be Colby Ramus. The outfielder hasn’t garnered much interest after struggling with injuries in 2016. The Chicago White Sox still have a gaping hole in their outfield. One guy that’s still on the market is Colby Rasmus...." December 31

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Astros' George Springer still weighing decision on World Baseball Classic

    Houston Chronicle "Astros outfielder George Springer has yet to commit to playing in the World Baseball Classic but said a decision on whether he will participate - and, if so, which country he will represent - is coming soon. "I know how important spring (training) is to our team and to myself, so I'm kind of..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22