MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
CBSSports.com "The Astros have signed free agent relief pitcher Chad Qualls to a two-year deal, the club announced Saturday afternoon. It also includes a club option for a third year in 2016. The deal is for $9.5 million plus incentives, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Qualls, 35, had a 2.61 ERA,..." December 07
Source: Feldman agrees with #Astros, three years, $30 million, pending physical.
If Nippon Pro Baseball accepts $20mil max posting fee with team with worst record gets first shot at Tanaka - Hou, Miami, CWS, Cubs.lined up
Denver Post "In a series of corresponding moves, the Rockies have begun shaping their everyday lineup for next season. On Tuesday, they traded center fielder Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros to clear payroll to sign free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau. The Rockies ironed out the final details Tuesday..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
CBSSports.com "The Astros have acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later from the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes, both teams announced." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Source: Still no talks between #Astros and Jason Castro about an extension. Maybe later in offseason.
Houston Chronicle "Attorneys for Comcast and NBC Universal have filed notice to move a state court lawsuit filed by Astros owner Jim Crane against the companies and former Astros owner Drayton McLane to the federal court that is overseeing the Comcast SportsNet Houston involuntary bankruptcy case. Comcast and NBC..." December 01
Houston Chronicle "Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, one of Venezuela’s most popular ballplayers, will not play in the Venezuelan Winter League this year, a person with knowledge of Altuve’s plans said. Altuve has been a regular on the roster of popular Venezuelan club Magallanes, but the young former All-Star..." November 27
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Peter Moylan agrees to terms with Astros per source. Minor league deal includes invite to MLB spring training
Houston Chronicle "Astros owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow are adamant that the team’s lawsuit against former owner Drayton McLane and Comcast won’t interfere with their stated desire to raise payroll this winter. “His mission is still the same,” Crane said of Luhnow. “They’re still up there..." November 23
Houston Chronicle "Jim Crane’s Astros ownership group filed a state court lawsuit Thursday against former Astros owner Drayton McLane, Comcast and NBC Universal, accusing them of fraud and civil conspiracy and accusing McLane’s corporation that owned the Astros of breach of contract in conjunction with Crane’s 2011..." November 22
Houston Chronicle "General manager Jeff Luhnow dipped back into his baseball roots, claiming infielder Ryan Jackson off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Astros also outrighted outfielder J.D. Martinez to Class AAA Oklahoma City and released righthander John Ely and lost infielder Jake Elmore after he was..." November 20
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
Houston Chronicle "Nolan Ryan has spoken with Astros owner Jim Crane in the month that has passed since Ryan left his post as CEO of the Rangers. But no front-office or advisory job offer has been extended — at least not yet. “I have talked to Nolan,” Crane said Thursday. “We haven’t really discussed anything..." November 16
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
MLB.com "The Astros are sending a contingent to meet with North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon, who's considered the leading candidate to be taken No. 1 overall by the club in next year's First-Year Player Draft. Astros director of scouting Mike Elias wouldn't confirm when a meeting with Rodon..." November 13
Houston Chronicle "Both the Astros and former closer Jose Veras are open to the idea of a Minute Maid Park reunion, although there haven’t been any talks with the 33-year-old free agent yet. Even if that fire’s not rekindled, the Astros want relief help. They had the majors’ worst bullpen last season by most any..." November 13
CBSSports.com "Mark Trumbo, a 30-homer hitter, is by far the Angels' most coveted player in trade. They could solve some of their pitching issues if they would trade Trumbo. However, the Angels are very reluctant to deal him. Of all their players being talked about in trade, he's the one they most want to..." November 13
CBSSports.com "There appears to be decent trade interest in Ike Davis despite his awful 2013 season. The Astros, Orioles, Rays, Brewers and Rockies all have checked in as the Mets field offers. Milwaukee may prefer re-signing its own guy Corey Hart, however. The Mets appear set to go with Lucas Duda..." November 13
Luhnow on Castro: "I’m never going to say someone is untouchable. But we fully expect Jason to be on our club for a long time to come. "
CBSSports.com "The Astros are receiving significant interest in star catcher Jason Castro, and once big free agents like Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia go off the board, things could possibly intensify. Castro's name hasn't previously come up as a trade possibility, but the Astros have been known to..." November 12
Hardball Talk "Stockpiling rotation depth, the Angels have signed Wade LeBlanc to a minor-league contract after inking Chris Volstad to a minor-league deal last week. LeBlanc posted a 5.40 ERA in 55 innings for the Marlins and Astros this year and the 28-year-old left-hander has a 4.51 career ERA in 417..." November 11
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers are going back to the Alamodome for exhibition baseball. The team announced that it will play the Houston Astros in a pair of games March 28-29 in San Antonio in what’s being billed as H-E-B Big League Weekend. The Rangers and Padres played two exhibition games at the..." November 09
MLB.com "The scouting report on Nolan Fontana hasn't changed: he's a high on-base machine, a label earned at the University of Florida and solidified when he reached base six times -- including five walks -- in his professional debut in 2012. Fontana still isn't having much trouble finding first base,..." November 06
CBSSports.com "There was a time when second base was a wasteland in the minors, when utility types like Taylor Green topped the prospect rankings just because they were the only ones with a chance of contributing in the not-too-distant future. And after a year in which Jedd Gyorko, Anthony Rendon, Jurickson..." November 06
#Marlins claim INF Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Houston Astros. Roster now at 33.
MLB.com "The pens and reams of paper are out. Decisions are about to be made. The Hot Stove season is now in Major League overdrive. The end of the World Series on Wednesday night and the beginning of free agency a day later was only the beginning. After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday brings about..." November 04
New York Post "The people came early to the Astrodome Saturday morning, thousands of them roaming the building once dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World. They came to plunk down $200 for a pair of grandstand chairs, or to buy a swatch of honest-to-goodness Astroturf, or any of a raft of trinkets assembled..." November 03
Houston Chronicle "The Astros have claimed LHP Darin Downs off of waivers from Detroit, the team announced. Downs appeared in 29 games with the Tigers last season had had an ERA of 4.84 out of the bullpen. He struck out 37 in 35.1 innings pitched. He held lefthanded batters to a .219 average." November 02
Tigers decline option on Jose Veras. Darrin Downs claimed off waivers by Houston. Matt Tuiasosopo claimed by Arizona.
MLB.com "The Orioles' historic defensive season, in which they committed a Major League record-low 54 errors, culminated with an impressive showing in Tuesday night's unveiling of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners. Third baseman Manny Machado, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones..." October 30
CBSSports.com "During the broadcast of Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on-air that MLB plans to review the obstruction rule over the winter in the wake of the dramatic ending to Game 3. As you know, Allen Craig was allowed to score the winning run on an..." October 29
SB Nation "MLB commissioner Bud Selig talked with reporters on Saturday about the possibility of changing the designated hitter rule, stating that he would "never say never" about the chance that the DH eventually makes an appearance in the NL, or disappears in the AL. Selig presented Carlos Beltran with..." October 28
MLB.com "In this year's Arizona Fall League Astros prospect Delino DeShields is showing why he was the club's first-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. DeShields has a combination of speed and hitting ability that projects him to be a top-of-the-order table-setter and run producer. He..." October 22
Fansided "It’s not a big surprise that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is already getting some interest from a couple teams around the league especially those with enough money to pull him away from Cincinnati. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports Choo may be getting some interest from former..." October 19
Bidding on Cuba defector Jose Abreu is expected to be for a $70 million deal sources say. White SoxAstros Rangers viewed as frontrunners.
MLB.com "Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has narrowed his list of possible destinations to three teams and could sign within the next two weeks according to multiple industry sources. The Astros Red Sox and White Sox have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the 26-year-old first baseman to a deal expected to..." October 17
The Astros did in fact make a hard bid on Abreu while falling short: Heard their bid was between $50 million and $60 million.