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  • Report: Astros refused to deal top pitching prospect Whitley for Paxton

    The Score "The Houston Astros lost out on acquiring James Paxton on Monday, but it appears as though they could have snagged him from the Seattle Mariners for a price they deemed too rich. Before the Mariners shipped the star southpaw to the New York..." November 20

  • Astros, Cardinals pursuing Paul Goldschmidt in trade talks

    Larry Brown Sports "Paul Goldschmidt is on the trade block, and two National League teams are apparently serious about trying to acquire him. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Monday night that the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals have had the most meaningful discussions with Arizona..." November 20

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • Report: Astros Make Initial One-Year Offer in Effort to Bring Charlie Morton Back

    12 Up "Charlie Morton has resurrected his career in Houston over the last two seasons, winning a World Series in 2017 and becoming an All-Star for the first time in 2018.  Now after a season in which he pitched to an 3.13 ERA, Morton is a free agent and is one of the most coveted..." November 19

  • Blue Jays trade Aledmys Diaz to Astros for right-hander Trent Thornton

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays began alleviating their middle-infield glut while simultaneously building up their pitching depth by sending shortstop Aledmys Diaz to the Houston Astros for triple-A right-hander Trent Thornton on Saturday. Thornton, 25, has posted a 4.23 ERA over four..." November 17

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Kate Upton has much different reaction to Justin Verlander not winning Cy Young

    USA Today "What a difference a couple of years can have on your priorities. Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander didn't win this season's AL Cy Young award – finishing runner-up for the second time in four years. However, the mood in the Verlander..." November 14

  • Report: Astros' Mike Elias will be named Orioles' new general manager

    Houston Chronicle "Mike Elias, one of Jeff Luhnow's original deputies who oversaw the Astros player development department and amateur scouting, will be named the new general manager of the Baltimore Orioles "barring a sudden change of heart," according to a report from USA..." November 14

  • Report: Astros tried to land Tigers' Castellanos at trade deadline

    The Score "The Houston Astros reportedly made an offer to acquire Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. The Astros were apparently looking to add an impact bat..." November 13

  • MLB Rumors: How much could Dallas Keuchel cost Yankees' Brian Cashman?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is scouring the free agent market for starting pitching. Among the top pitchers available is Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel. He rejected Houston's qualifying offer on Monday and will look..." November 13

  • Houston Astros head to free agency bidding war over keeping Dallas Keuchel

    ABC 13 "Dallas Keuchel's services will now go to the highest bidder. The Houston Astros announced Monday that the Cy Young Award-winning left-handed pitcher declined their qualifying offer to remain with the club. If accepted, Keuchel would have remained in Houston on a one-year,..." November 12

  • Altuve aims to be '120 percent' ready for spring "Speaking to reporters Sunday for the first time since he underwent major surgery on his right knee last month, Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve maintains he'll be fully recovered in time for the start of Spring Training in three months. Altuve, who appeared at a private..." November 12

  • Astros Interested In James Paxton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners are set to retool this offseason, leaving few to no untouchables on their roster. Left-hander James Paxton has emerged as arguably their highest-profile trade candidate early this offseason, and he’s drawing interest from an array of teams, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic...." November 11

  • Justin Verlander, Kate Upton share photos of first daughter

    Detroit News "Kate Upton and Justin Verlander welcomed their first child this week, revealing photos of their arrival in separate social media posts on Saturday. Genevieve Upton Verlander was born on Nov. 7, according to reports. Upton, a model and actress, and Verlander, a major league pitcher..." November 11

  • Nationals’ ownership blocked Harper trade to Astros

    Bleacher Report "The Washington Nationals' ownership group "refused to approve" a trade involving Bryce Harper the day before MLB's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday. According to Rosenthal, the Nationals had a preliminary..." November 10

  • Carlos Correa undergoes surgery for deviated septum after having trouble breathing during games "Astros shortstop Carlos Correa underwent surgery Monday to repair a deviated septum, he told reporters Saturday afternoon during an event at Minute Maid Park. Correa said he was having trouble breathing through his nose while running the bases, but hopes the surgery will help..." November 10

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Marwin Gonzalez is a very popular free agent so far this offseason

    CBS Sports "Three offseasons ago, Ben Zobrist was the free agent who fit every team. He's versatile, he's a high on-base switch-hitter with a low strikeout rate and he's a plus in the clubhouse. The Cubs won the Zobrist sweepstakes and, a few months later, he was named World Series..." November 08

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • Astros, White Sox, Rays in on Nelson Cruz

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that, the Astros, White Sox, and Rays are among the teams expressing early interest in free agent slugger Nelson Cruz. He’d make sense for just about any AL team other than the Red Sox, who have J.D. Martinez and, possibly, the Yankees, who..." November 07

  • Lance McCullers, Jr., undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Lone Star Ball "Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr., has undergone Tommy John surgery, per reports. As a result, he will miss the 2019 season. McCullers, 25, was an above-slot sign as the 41st overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Astros. His electric stuff has always been present, but there..." November 06

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Lance McCullers Jr. might miss 2019 season "Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has reportedly been dealing with right elbow issues and could require surgery that would keep him out for the entire 2019 season, according to a report on Monday night by Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. Astros general manager and..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • MLB rumors: Yankees to miss on Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin, Astros' Dallas Keuchel?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB hot stove is heating up, and the rumors are flying fast and furious about Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. The latest chatter has the Yankees passing on the former National League MVP. And with good reason. Anyone who watched the..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Report: Astros decline club option on reliever Will Harris

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros declined a $5.5 million club option on reliever Will Harris, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. General manager Jeff Luhnow did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Harris remains under club control. If Houston tenders him a contract before the..." November 02

  • Astros Not Expected to Extend Qualifying Offer to Charlie Morton

    12 Up "?The other day, the Houston Astros made a ?big decision to extend a hefty qualifying offer to 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, one of their aces and an important part of their 2017 championship team. This led them to a tough choice: ?Would they also extend a..." November 02

  • Astros to Decline Option on Reliever Will Harris

    12 Up "With so many roster demands following the World Series' conclusion, there were bound to be a hefty number of players who would have their respective options declined. That is the case with ?Houston Astros right-handed reliever Will Harris. The 'Stros reportedly..." November 01

  • Astros Decline Option On Brian McCann, Outright Jandel Gustave

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros announced that they’ve declined their $15MM option on catcher Brian McCann and sent right-hander Jandel Gustave outright to Triple-A after he cleared waivers. Both players will become free agents. Their 40-man roster currently has seven open..." November 01

  • Angels hire the Astros’ Doug White to be their pitching coach

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports that the Angels have hired Doug White as their new pitching coach. White was the bullpen coach of the Houston Astros in 2018 and was a minor league instructor in their system for several years before that. He will now join Brad Ausmus’ new..." October 30

  • Jeff Albert leaving Astros to become Cardinals hitting coach

    Houston Chronicle "There is an opening on the Astros' coaching staff. Assistant hitting coach Jeff Albert, who followed general manager Jeff Luhnow from St. Louis to Houston, will return to the Cardinals as the club's hitting coach, it was announced Monday. Albert began his coaching..." October 29

  • Las Vegas installs Red Sox, Astros as co-favorites for 2019

    ESPN "The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros have been installed as co-favorites to win the 2019 World Series, heading into an offseason that could see impactful free agents change teams and shake up the odds. The Red Sox and Astros, the past two World Series champions,..." October 29

  • Report: Dallas Keuchel may want to pitch in New York or LA

    Yardbarker "Dallas Keuchel was not quite as effective in 2018 as he was in seasons past with the Houston Astros, but that will not prevent him from getting a massive contract when he becomes a free agent this winter. If he wants to pitch in some of the biggest markets in sports, the price tag is sure to be..." October 26

  • Goldschmidt and Greinke could make Arizona and Houston potential trade partners at Winter Meetings

    The Crawfish Boxes "Now that the Astros’ World Series dreams for 2018 are dashed, it’s time to start thinking ahead. The Winter Meetings are in a month and a half, and as we saw last year, even the best teams can’t afford to rest on their laurels, and even a champion could use a Gerrit..." October 24

  • Astros to focus on starting pitcher, catching in offseason

    Houston Chronicle "After the greatest regular season in the franchise’s 57-year existence, a 103-win odyssey offset by an unceremonious five-game exit in the American League Championship Series, the Astros do not require an offseason overhaul. Their four most productive hitters return. Justin..." October 23

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • Verlander: 'I'm going to play until the wheels fall off'

    Yardbarker "Justin Verlander doesn’t plan on shutting it down any time soon, it seems. Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle quotes Verlander in a tweet: “I’m going to play until the wheels fall off.” In 2018, Verlander surpassed 200 innings and 200 strikeouts..." October 20

  • Astros star Jose Altuve had knee surgery on Friday

    ESPN "Houston Astros star second baseman Jose Altuve underwent surgery Friday on his injured right knee, according to Altuve served as Houston's designated hitter in the final three games of their five-game ALCS loss to the Boston Red Sox because of what had been described as a..." October 20

  • McCullers says he was pitching through 'a lot of stuff' in postseason

    The Score "Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. says he wasn't 100 percent healthy throughout the playoffs after a forearm injury cost him nearly the entire regular-season stretch run. "I was pitching through a lot of stuff," he told The Athletic's Jake..." October 19

  • Alex Bregman thinks this year’s Astros were better than last year’s

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2018 Houston Astros were considered by many to be one of the best teams in MLB history, but they are headed home after winning just one game in the ALCS. Despite their surprising shortcomings, Alex Bregman still feels this year’s Astros team had more talent than the one that won a..." October 19

  • Morton Plans To Continue Playing, Would “Love” To Return To Astros

    MLB Trade Rumors "If there was any doubt as to whether Charlie Morton would continue his playing career following comments in which he openly pondered retirement, the right-hander indicated last night that he hopes to return for a 12th big league season at the very least (Twitter..." October 19

  • Astros promise to be good again in 2019 but a busy offseason awaits as Verlander, Cole near free agency

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros were eliminated from postseason contention on Thursday after losing the American League Championship Series to the Boston Red Sox by a 4-1 margin. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise stellar season that saw the Astros win 103 games and..." October 19