Astros Rumors & News

  • Springer slam starts Astros' surge past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- George Springer needed a double in his final two plate-appearances to get the cycle. He did not get it, grounding out in the seventh and walking in the ninth. But that is about the only thing Springer did not do Friday night. Springer drove in five runs, four with a..." June 25

  • Astros have done 'homework' on Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel

    Houston Chronicle "Although the next international signing period does not begin until July 2, 32-year-old Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel is not subject to international bonus pool rules. Gourriel was recently declared a major league free agent and is working out privately for teams. According to reports, he..." June 24

  • Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Las Vegas to one day have a MLB team

    Hardball Talk "The NHL will soon bring an expansion team in Las Vegas, while the NFL and NBA have continued interest in the city. Major League Baseball is no different. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Vegas one day having a major league team. In the past, Major League Baseball has been..." June 23

  • Correa walk-off pushes Astros past Angels

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- As the inning developed before him, with George Springer and Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Altuve reaching base in succession in the bottom of the ninth inning, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa began visualizing his heroics, the winning hit off his bat, and the ensuing jubilation,..." June 22

  • Gonzalez helps Astros complete sweep of Angels

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The ridiculous distance to Tal's Hill in center field was disadvantageous to Houston Astros first baseman Marwin Gonzalez in his third at-bat, but when the confines proved friendly in the eighth inning, the timing could not have been more ideal for both Gonzalez and the Astros...." June 22

  • Keuchel rips trolling fan after mean tweet

    The Score "Dallas Keuchel's fastball velocity is down from where it was a year ago, but that's not stopping the Houston Astros lefty from throwing heaters at trolls on social media. Less than 24 hours after pitching one of his best games of the season, the reigning AL Cy Young winner dropped the mic on a..." June 20

  • The AL has a big problem to solve for its All-Star Game roster

    Fox Sports "Week 11 of the MLB season is complete and Pete Rose is still The Hit King. Let's go Whip ... Less is more for C-Mart Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is maturing and he is doing it at just 24 years old. In 2014, Martinez had the second-highest average fastball velocity among all..." June 20

  • Fiers, Astros shut down Reds

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Following a pair of extra-inning games that required the contributions of six different relievers, Astros manager A.J. Hinch was doubly pleased that the positive result on Sunday featured just one. Right-hander Mike Fiers carried a shutout into the sixth inning while Evan Gattis..." June 19

  • Springer lifts Astros to 11-inning win over Reds

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- For the second time this season George Springer played hero for the Houston Astros by delivering the walk-off RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds in a 5-4 victory in 11 innings on Saturday at Minute Maid Park. The Astros (33-36) improve to 7-4 in extra-inning games and tied the..." June 18

  • Setting odds for Ryan Braun's possible landing spots

    The Comeback "Two years ago, the idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was ludicrous. Hell, even a year ago, trading Braun seemed like a pipe dream for Milwaukee, even as they started unloading every player with any positive value. That was mainly due to his declining production and unwieldy..." June 16

  • Springer's big night lifts Astros over Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- So what felt better, George Springer, throwing a runner out at the plate or cracking the go-ahead homer in the top of the eighth inning? "The win," he said. The Houston Astros' right fielder basically did it all Wednesday night, dazzling on offense and defense to help his..." June 15

  • Ranking the 30 teams from least likely to most likely to acquire Jose Reyes

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Wednesday, the Rockies officially cut ties with shortstop Jose Reyes by designating him for assignment. The team now has 10 days to trade, release, or waive him. Reyes has finished serving his 51-game suspension under the league's domestic violence policy, but with rookie Trevor..." June 15

  • Are You Ready For Unbearable Trade Rumor Season?

    Deadspin "Listen, can you hear it? A faint whisper grows louder. “The Cubbies could use another bat on the bench.” it says. “Why not trade for Andrew McCutchen?” That’s right, my friends, it is almost Unbearable Trade Rumor season, the time of year when baseball fans, radio callers, and hometown..." June 15

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

    Bleacher Report "The 2016 MLB draft is in the books, with 1,216 players selected over the course of the 40-round, three-day event. With no clear-cut No. 1 talent in this year's class, the first round was as unpredictable as any in recent memory and a number of highly regarded prospects wound up slipping below..." June 15

  • Fister, Astros halt Cards' winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Good thing for the Houston Astros that they didn't load the bases with one out in the seventh inning Tuesday night. Manager A.J. Hinch was prepared to lift starter Doug Fister for a pinch-hitter. But when Marwin Gonzalez was nipped at first on a close play, moving Colby Rasmus..." June 14

  • Correa diagnosed with sprain after rolling ankle at 1B

    The Score "Carlos Correa has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain after x-rays returned negative following the Houston Astros' 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters postgame, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. The Astros' shortstop suffered the..." June 10

  • By Corey Long, The Sports Xchange

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays had to survive a scare in the ninth from closer Alex Colome but a strong performance from first baseman Steve Pearce was good enough. Pearce went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lift the Rays to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. The..." June 10

  • Houston Astros draft right-hander Forrest Whitley at No. 17

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros' first-round draft pick was a little busy when the news became official Thursday evening. Forrest Whitley, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound righthander, was pitching in the Class 5A state semifinals for San Antonio Alamo Heights at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. And the Astros' front office had..." June 10

  • Altuve helps Astros end skid in Arlington

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's been a long time coming for the Houston Astros. Jose Altuve's two-run double helped snap a season-long losing streak to the Texas Rangers as Houston claimed a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park. The Astros (29-32) lost their previous eight games..." June 09

  • Astros’ 2016 Draft Bonus Pool is Less Than Alex Bregman’s Bonus

    Climbing Tal's Hill "Welcome to Thursday, June 9th, 2016, which is MLB’s Amateur Draft day. On the first night, teams will draft the first two rounds including the competitive balance picks round A and B. Unlike 2015, the Houston Astros will only have two picks on Day One, instead of the four picks they had last year...." June 09

  • Rangers rack up another win over Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- After a one-day hiccup, the Texas Rangers were back to beating the Houston Astros. Martin Perez cruised, Prince Fielder homered and the Rangers picked up a 5-3 victory over the Astros on Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The American West-leading Rangers..." June 09

  • Astros' Carlos Correa leaves game with apparent ankle injury

    Sporting News "Astros star Carlos Correa left Thursday's game in the fifth inning after he appeared to roll his left ankle while running out a ground ball. Correa grounded to third for the second out of the fifth but hit the bag awkwardly and fell to the ground. He eventually got up and walked gingerly to the..." June 09

  • 2016 MLB Draft: How to watch, stream, and everything else you need to know in one place

    MLB Daily Dish "There is no greater thrill in sports than sitting quietly while a man in a suit slowly reads off a list of names over the course of several days. Fortunately for baseball fans, that time of the year has once again arrived. It will be MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in his second year at the podium..." June 09

  • Desmond's blast lifts Rangers over Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers haven't needed any extra motivation in racing to the American League's best record in the first part of 2016. And neither did Ian Desmond. But together they both got a little extra inspiration on Tuesday and cashed in on yet another victory over the..." June 08

  • Odor's double gives Rangers a win over Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rougned Odor said he felt a little different in his role Monday as the Texas Rangers' designated hitter. When all was said and done, he felt great. Odor's walk-off double scored Adrian Beltre from first base in the ninth inning, giving the Rangers a 6-5 victory over..." June 07

  • Study says pitch clocks in MLB could increase risk of injury to pitchers

    Toronto Star "If Major League Baseball were to introduce a pitch clock to quicken the pace of play and shorten the length of games it would also increase the injury risk to pitchers, a McMaster University study has found. Increasing pace of play is a stated priority for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who in..." June 07

  • Dead money: Which players have the worst contracts in baseball?

    SI "Don’t look for Ryan Howard in the Phillies' lineup this weekend; he won’t be there. Instead, he’ll be on the bench, where manager Pete Mackanin has stationed him for what has been reported as “at least the next three games.” This is the closest the Phillies have come yet to acknowledging that..." June 06

  • Astros crush Athletics 12-2 with seven-run first

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- On the heels of being dominated by Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke, the Astros' offense reclaimed its most intimidating form. Backed by a seven-run first inning, right-hander Doug Fister worked six shutout innings and the Houston Astros cruised to a 12-2 victory over the Oakland..." June 04

  • When will the Astros promote Alex Bregman?

    ESPN "Shortstop Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in the 2015 draft who is tearing up the Double-A Texas League, might be a late-season option for the Houston Astros at third base, suggests Ken Rosenthal of The 22-year-old Bregman has hit 12 homers in 38 games for the Corpus..." June 04

  • Correa's 12th-inning single lifts Astros past Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- With nine extra-inning games and 20 one-run games on their 57-game ledger, the Astros are approaching dangerous territory with regards to wearing out their effective, deep and versatile bullpen. But with each close-and-late victory, those concerns seem mitigated. Shortstop..." June 04

  • Astros' Springer beats D-backs with 11th-inning HR

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- George Springer watched Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Tyler Clippard retire the first five batters he faced with relative ease, a fact that didn't prompt the Houston Astros right fielder to overthink his pending at-bat. Springer bested Clippard by drilling a walk-off home run with..." June 02

  • Springer's 4 RBIs lead Astros past D-backs

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Houston right fielder George Springer has turned the leadoff role into leading man stuff. Springer had three hits, including a homer, and drove in four runs while finishing a triple short of the cycle in the Astros' 8-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Chase..." May 31

  • Five MLB trades that make too much sense

    Sportsnaut "While trading is generally common in MLB, logic isn’t always a part of the process. Sometimes trades make very little sense. Other times, trades seem completely logical, but for whatever reason teams just don’t pull the trigger. Today, we focus on some completely logical trades that should be..." May 31

  • McHugh saves Astros bullpen in win over Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Call him Collin McHuge. A day after Houston used seven relievers, right-hander Collin McHugh picked up the staff by throwing his first career complete game in an 8-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Monday. McHugh (5-4) gave up three runs on five hits...." May 30

  • Castro's two-run blast, Keuchel's pitching lift Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jason Castro and Dallas Keuchel overcame their recent frustrating performances to lead the Houston Astros to their fourth win in five games on Saturday night. Castro hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to give the Astros a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles..." May 29

  • Correa's pinch HR in 13th leads Astros past Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Carlos Correa's abbreviated day off proved to be a boon to the Houston Astros. Appearing as a pinch hitter, Carlos Correa hit a three-run home run in the top of the 13th inning to give the Astros an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday at Angel Stadium. "It..." May 29

  • Five MLB players who could be traded before the end of June

    Sporting News "Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is Aug. 1 this year, pushed back a day because July 31 falls on a Sunday. The rumors will really begin in earnest as June comes to a close, and the actual trades will start to become a frequent reality in the final week or two of July. Don’t sleep on the..." May 28

  • Springer powers Astros to cap sweep of O's

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Right fielder George Springer capped his return to the top spot in the batting order with a third career multi-homer game but was overshadowed by three games worth of remarkable Astros pitching. The Houston Astros set a major league record for strikeouts over a three-game series..." May 27

  • Astros pitchers make MLB strikeout history vs. Orioles

    The Score "The pitchers of the Houston Astros etched themselves into the record books on Thursday thanks to a whole lot of swings and misses from the Baltimore Orioles. Lance McCullers, Michael Feliz, and Will Harris combined to strikeout 15 Orioles, making the Astros the first team in Major League..." May 27

  • Adam Jones: “Let’s get the hell out of Houston”

    Masn "When it was over, the Houston Astros had beaten the Orioles 4-2 tonight and swept them three straight. The Orioles set a major league record with 52 strikeouts in a three-game series, and center fielder Adam Jones put it into a perspective that only he can. All losses hurt, but was Jones..." May 27

  • Valbuena, bullpen lead Astros over Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- For what has been a surprisingly long and difficult stretch, the Houston Astros have searched for a measure of production from the bottom of their order that third baseman Luis Valbuena is suddenly providing. Valbuena homered for a second consecutive game and the Astros turned..." May 26

  • Astros top Orioles on Correa's 13th-inning single

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones possesses such a sterling reputation defensively that it required something unusual for the Astros to take advantage of him and Baltimore late Tuesday night. Rookie Tony Kemp lined a triple over Jones' head leading off the 13th inning and Carlos..." May 25

  • Correa lines ball off Lewis' head that's caught for out

    The Score "Colby Lewis has an iron dome. The Texas Rangers right-hander took a Carlos Correa liner off the back of his noggin, and didn't even flinch. He just shook it off and walked around the mound like nothing happened, appearing completely unfazed by the whole thing. Lewis was helped out by second..." May 21

  • Ramos pitches Rangers past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- There was a certain amount of pleasure taken by Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister in his ability to start finesse left-hander Cesar Ramos on Saturday night -- only to feature a trio of fire-balling relievers once Ramos delivered a lead to the bullpen in the seventh inning. Ramos..." May 21

  • Astros manager A.J. Hinch hopeful Carlos Gomez can return to activity next week

    Houston Chronicle "Astros manager A.J. Hinch said before Thursday's series finale against the White Sox that he's hopeful struggling center fielder Carlos Gomez can get back into baseball activity next week. Gomez went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a bruised left rib cage, an injury he aggravated diving..." May 20

  • All-around effort guides Astros past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- It was only two wins, but the Houston Astros hope their back-to-back victories against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field represent the start of a much-needed hot streak. After taking the series-opening game in 11 innings on Tuesday, the Astros followed it up with..." May 19

  • Sale (9-0) leads White Sox past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chris Sale has been more efficient this season, and it's made him even more effective than he was before. The Houston Astros are the latest team to find that out after Sale's latest dominant start led the Chicago White Sox to a 2-1 victory Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field that..." May 19

  • Gattis' 11th-inning blast carries Astros past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Evan Gattis made the Houston Astros look wise for recalling him from the minor leagues on Tuesday. The same day he was called up from Double-A Corpus Christi, Gattis went 2-for-4 as the designated hitter and drilled a two-run home run in the 11th inning of the Astros' 6-5 win..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17