Astros Rumors & News

  • AJ Hinch has not heard from MLB about umpire criticism

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has not heard from MLB despite criticizing the umpires from Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hinch was especially upset with the way the game ended and criticized umpire Paul Nauert for calling out Marwin Gonzalez on strikes to end the game...." August 19

  • Astros' Hinch rips umps after loss: I'd 'like to play with 27 outs'

    Sporting News "After the Astros' 4-0 loss to the Diamondbacks Thursday, A.J. Hinch wasted no time in laying into home plate umpire Paul Nauert for the way he called balls and strikes in Marwin Gonzalez's game-ending strikeout. "Not Marwin's fault he's got to cover twice the length of the plate," the Astros'..." August 18

  • Astros place McCann on DL with knee soreness

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day DL and designated righty Jordan Jankowski for assignment, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports (Twitter links). Jankowski will lose his 40-man spot to allow the club to select the contract of Max Stassi, who is needed to fill in for..." August 15

  • Tigers and Astros discussing Verlander deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers are discussing a possible deal to send former MVP and Cy Young-winning starting pitcher Justin Verlander to Houston, sources tell FanRag Sports. Though the two continue to discuss a deal, completing one won’t be easy. Verlander, 34, is still due to make $28..." August 15

  • Astros' Clippard was notified of trade while watching 'Game of Thrones'

    Uproxx "Sundays are important for a lot of people, as it is the night where some of us sit on our couches in complete silence for an hour while watching Game of Thrones. One such person is relief pitcher Tyler Clippard, who likely won’t forget this week’s episode any time soon. Clippard started..." August 15

  • Astros looking for more bullpen help even after landing Tyler Clippard

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros are interested in making more moves even after adding Tyler Clippard to their bullpen. Houston acquired Clippard from the White Sox on Sunday for a player to be named later. The 32-year-old reliever is bouncing around a bit this season, as he went to Chicago in a deal with..." August 14

  • White Sox trade reliever Tyler Clippard to Astros

    Chicago Tribune "Tyler Clippard wore a White Sox jersey Sunday afternoon. By Sunday night, the reliever's Twitter bio, which featured a picture of him in a Yankees uniform, stated he plays for the Astros. Clippard's Instagram account stated the same, and not long after, the Sox announced they had traded..." August 14

  • Josh Reddick says Astros were not happy with trade deadline

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick says that he and his teammates were not happy about the lack of activity from the front office as the MLB trade deadline came and went at the end of July, according to MLB Network Radio. “Deep down, everybody in that clubhouse knew we were going to make..." August 10

  • Astros activate George Springer from disabled list

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros activated All-Star outfielder George Springer from the 10-day disabled list before Wednesday night's game against the White Sox. Springer missed the Astros' previous 13 games because of a left quad injury. Tyler White was optioned to Class AAA Fresno to make room for Springer." August 09

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Justin Verlander Reportedly Drawing Interest from Astros

    Bleacher Report "The Houston Astros reportedly had contact with the Detroit Tigers about a potential trade involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander. On Sunday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported the news, citing sources who said the contact occurred "this month." However, Morosi cautioned it is "unclear if..." August 07

  • Astros eyeing Tuesday for Springer's return "The Astros are targeting Tuesday for the return of outfielder George Springer, who's been out since July 24 with a left quad strain. Springer has been running and taking batting practice and will run again Tuesday in Chicago before possibly being activated. "We'll make a decision and..." August 06

  • Astros C Evan Gattis says backswing to head left him with concussion

    ESPN "Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis says he has a concussion after being hit in the head on a backswing Thursday night. "I just don't know how serious it is," Gattis said Friday night after he was held out of the Astros' 16-7 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. "We haven't announced anything,..." August 05

  • Orioles Owner Vetoed Zach Britton Trade to Astros in Last Hour

    12 Up "As it got closer and closer to the trade deadline, it appeared Orioles closer Zach Britton would inevitably be on the move. According to reports, the Orioles were in serious negotiations with the Astros and a deal had been agreed to in principle. However, as the final hours came and the..." August 03

  • Dallas Keuchel Expresses Disappointment With Astros Trade Deadline Results

    12 Up "​The Astros didn't make many big moves at the trade deadline, with their sole transaction being to acquire Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays. Many around the league expected the Astros to be of the biggest buyers in the league, so fans are rather displeased with their lack of activity at..." August 02

  • Astros' McCullers lands on DL for 2nd time with back discomfort

    Houston Chronicle "Lance McCullers Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday because of back discomfort for the second time in less than two months. The Astros No. 2 starter said it was the "right time" to address the issue that forced him to miss two weeks in June and has since returned. "Coming off..." August 01

  • For second consecutive season, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow whiffs on a deadline blockbuster

    Houston Chronicle "A veteran pitcher interrupted a trade-deadline question to Carlos Beltran by shouting out in the Astros' clubhouse that the team held a 16-game division lead. An Astros public relations official stood on the top steps of Minute Maid Park's home dugout while questions were continually asked..." August 01

  • Astros, Blue Jays Agree To Francisco Liriano Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros are “on the verge” of acquiring Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (on Twitter). MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported (also via Twitter) that the two sides were in talks and added that Houston plans to use Liriano as a reliever. While the..." July 31

  • Four teams that need to be buyers at MLB trade deadline

    Sportsnet "Sellers? Buyers? The stakes aren’t what you’d like them to be for the Toronto Blue Jays with today’s 4 p.m., ET non-waiver trade deadline approaching. Indeed, as one MLB executive told me this weekend, the Blue Jays are a lot of teams’ Plan B or Plan C. That might be why there were a grand..." July 31

  • Astros eye Cardinals' Lynn as hacking scandal a non-issue

    CBS Sports "It's not certain whether the Cardinals will undertake a sell-off leading up to Monday's non-waiver trade deadline. If they do, however, than veteran right-hander Lance Lynn figures to be one of their most valuable chips. Yep, the Astros, still looking to fortify that rotation, may have eyes for..." July 30

  • Springer heads to DL with left quad discomfort

    Houston Chronicle "Just when the Astros restored their pitching rotation with the return of ace Dallas Keuchel on Friday for the series opener against the Tigers, the team placed outfielder George Springer on the 10-day disabled list for a lingering injury to his left quadriceps muscle. Springer hurt his quad in..." July 29

  • Astros, Dodgers reportedly in pursuit of Zach Britton

    Larry Brown Sports "Zach Britton could be a game-changer if he gets traded prior to the deadline, and a few teams would love to add him to their bullpen. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal says the Los Angeles Dodgers are in pursuit of Britton. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says the Houston Astros also are pursuing Britton. The..." July 29

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Astros turning their attention towards Justin Wilson?

    Larry Brown Sports "With just a few days to go before the trade deadline, the Houston Astros appear to be calling an audible of sorts. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick on Thursday, the Astros may be the “most focused team” in the hunt for Detroit Tigers closer Justin Wilson, who now seems to be ahead of..." July 27

  • The Houston Astros Are Going From Really Good To Possibly Great

    The Sports Fan Journal "The Houston Astros own the American League’s best record. That’s a sentence you’re going to see a lot in coming years. While the Astros are having a great amount of success today, they are poised to keep improving. There are a multitude of factors that make teams successful: high draft-picks..." July 27

  • Astros Won't Overpay For Pitching At Deadline

    Real GM Baseball "The Houston Astros would like to upgrade their pitching staff, but Jeff Luhnow says the club won't overpay to do so ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline. "We're not going to overpay dramatically, because we're not in a situation where we have to," Luhnow said. "We have a pretty good team, and..." July 27

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Astros' Colin Moran being evaluated after taking foul ball to the face

    Houston Chronicle "Third baseman Colin Moran was undergoing tests at a Baltimore hospital Saturday night after fouling a pitch off his face in the sixth inning of the Astros' 8-4 win against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Moran was being evaluated "for everything from a concussion to a fracture," Astros manager..." July 23

  • Astros place Colin Moran on 10-day disabled list with facial fracture

    Hardball Talk "The Astros placed third baseman Colin Moran on the 10-day disabled list with a facial fracture, the team announced Sunday. Moran sustained both a concussion and a fracture during the sixth inning of Saturday’s 8-4 win against the Orioles, when he was carted off the field after a foul ball struck..." July 23

  • It's time for a Jose Altuve-Pete Rose comparison in the all-time hits department

    CBS Sports "Late last season we noted in this very space that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was closing in on 1,000 career hits and would likely reach that benchmark by age 26. That's exactly what he did. He's back at it in 2017 as he leads the AL in hits and batting average. If paces hold, then Altuve..." July 22

  • Astros reportedly viewed as ‘most motivated suitor’ for Zach Britton

    Yardbarker "It sounds like the Houston Astros could be preparing to make a very big splash ahead of MLB’s trade deadline. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, rival evaluators reportedly see the Astros as the team most motivated to acquire closer Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles. Any Britton trade..." July 21

  • Astros in talks with A's on Sonny Gray; Verlander a fallback option

    CBS Sports "The Astros are running away with the AL West, but they're still looking to fortify their roster leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline in the hopes of a deep playoff run. Specifically, the Astros want to add some rotation help before July 31. We've known for time that Houston had eyes for..." July 20

  • Carlos Correa Out Six To Eight Weeks With Torn Thumb Ligament

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros announced devastating injury news today, revealing that shortstop Carlos Correa is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb. " July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Astros hold memorial for Beltran's glove because he doesn't play field anymore

    CBS Sports "When the Astros signed Carlos Beltran over the winter, they did so with the idea of using him as their primary designated hitter, and giving him spot starts in the outfield. It was a sound plan. Lately though, Beltran hasn't played a whole lot in the outfield. He's been a full-time designated..." July 17

  • Astros' Keuchel to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday night with Class AA Corpus Christi, the first time the Astros ace will have faced hitters in six weeks. Keuchel, who hasn't pitched since June 2 to recover from a pinched nerve in his neck, is scheduled to pitch two or three..." July 16

  • Astros checking in on Giants' Samardzija?

    CBS Sports "The Astros have a mammoth lead in the AL West, but that doesn't mean they'll sit out the forthcoming non-waiver trade deadline. Specifically, Houston wants to reinforce a rotation that's been hit by injuries to Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel. As well, Lance McCullers has never thrown more than..." July 16

  • Pat Neshek jokes he wants to be traded back to Astros

    Yardbarker "Philadelphia Phillies reliever Pat Neshek is a popular subject of trade rumors with roughly two weeks to go before the deadline, but he’s managing to keep his sense of humor through it all. Neshek was asked earlier this week by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports if he has any preferred trade..." July 16

  • Which Astros prospects could Mets demand for Jacob deGrom?

    Newark Star-Ledger "When opportunity knocks, it makes sense to answer. As the second half of the season begins, the Mets will begin a crucial stretch of games that will likely determine how general manager Sandy Alderson acts at the July 31 MLB trade deadline. Barring something drastic, the Mets profile as a..." July 14

  • Cubs' trade for Jose Quintana will only increase Sonny Gray to Astros speculation

    Houston Chronicle "Now that Jose Quintana is off the market, Sonny Gray is the name you will hear most commonly linked to the Astros in their pursuit of another front-line starter before the July 31 trade deadline. Gray already was viewed as a more viable option for the Astros than Quintana, the 28-year-old..." July 14

  • Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers surefire World Series bets

    Hardball Talk "Time is of the essence to get money down if one believes either the Houston Astros or the Los Angeles Dodgers are surefire World Series bets. With baseball starting up again now that the all-star break is over the Dodgers are +350 favorites on the 2017 World Series odds followed by the Astros..." July 14

  • George Springer masters baseball, speech disorder "There might have been a time when Astros outfielder George Springer could not have imagined doing what he did Tuesday night. Starting in his first All-Star Game was also a pretty cool thing. In terms of challenges, Springer has had bigger. "He's conquered a lot," teammate Dallas Keuchel, a..." July 13

  • Alex Bregman rips a fan on Twitter, deletes his account in shame

    Hardball Talk "Astros third baseman Alex Bregman isn’t exactly a social media savant. Back in May he caused a bit of a controversy when he tweeted about wanting to “beat the s**t” out of the Rangers. It was a dumb controversy — all players want to beat the other team and they should feel free to say it — but..." July 12

  • Astros continue to have interest in Jacob deGrom

    Sportress of Blogitude "With the MLB trade deadline fast approaching, expect rumors and speculation to ramp up significantly. And it looks like arguably the best team in baseball is looking to make a big splash before the July 31 deadline. The Houston Astros (60-29) own the second-best record in baseball and already..." July 12

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • White Sox place price high on Quintana with Astros and Yankees waiting

    Fanrag Sports "Teams seeking starting pitching have found the market cost prohibitive so far, with executives saying in particular that the White Sox are seeking an extremely high price for top lefty Jose Quintana (who ranked No. 3 on our top trade value rankings). There are said to be big gaps in Chicago’s..." July 10

  • Astros demonstrating how a rebuild can lead to a juggernaut

    Sportsnet "The Houston Astros were so bad at the beginning of the decade that when they went 70-92 in 2014, capping a four-year stretch of misery in which they lost 416 games, it represented a 19-win gain. That’s what a tear-it-to-ground rebuild looks like. It’s brutal. And there are no promises when..." July 08

  • Astros' Carlos Correa calls out Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna for showing him up

    Houston Chronicle "The 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday night was a sloppy one for the Astros. Closer Roberto Osuna let it linger a bit longer on the final out for his 22nd save. Osuna induced a soft grounder to the mound from Carlos Correa. First baseman Justin Smoak slowed on his way to cover the bag,..." July 07