Astros willing to consider 'rental' on trade market

With a week remaining before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday the club would be willing to trade for a "rental player" who would be a free agent at the end of the season. They Astros did that last year by acquiring pitcher Scott Kazmir, who signed with the Dodgers in the winter.
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Astros give $1.5M deal with Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra

HOUSTON (AP) Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus as part of his minor league contract with the Houston Astros. The 22-year-old played for Avispas de Santiago from 2012-14 in Cuba. He appeared in 91 games, playing 47 games at second base and 26 games at shortstop. ''Anibal is an athletic shortstop who can hit and play multiple positions, and...
Via Associated Press
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Astros: A Chance to “Sale” Away to the Playoffs

A top of the line starting pitcher is arguably the missing piece on this year’s Astros team. The Houston Astros rotation is a quality one right now. Dallas Keuchel has begun to pitch well once again. Lance McCullers is a pitcher on the rise. Collin McHugh is a solid mid-rotation piece. Heck, even Mike Fiers […] Astros: A Chance to “Sale” Away to the Playoffs - Climbing Tal...
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9 hours ago

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers have had a nice little rivalry since the Astros moved over to the American League, and it appears the hate between the two organizations runs through the veins of the minor league system. On Sunday, players and coaches from the Double-A affiliates of the Astros and Rangers threw punches and more during a second-inning bench-clearing brawl. The...
Via The Comeback
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Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Players of the Week- Week 17

A Look at Fantasy Baseball Through the Lens’ of an Astros Fan Looks like @ABREG_1 is getting a warm welcome from the guys. 🤘 (via @TeamCJCorrea's Instagram) — Houston Astros (@astros) July 25, 2016 Here is how I did in Week 16: Week 16 Hitter: Carlos Correa– 9/21 H/AB, 3 R, 1 HR, 7 […] Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Players of the Week- Week 17 ...
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Scouting Astros Call-Up Alex Bregman

At birth, Alex Bregman was touched by the Baseball Gods. He is not very big, not very fast, not especially graceful, and yet he somehow finds a way to do everything you can ask of a baseball player. He turned an unassisted triple play at age four. He was already very clearly the best high-school baseball player in the history of New Mexico before his senior year when a bad hop broke...
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Baseball's top prospect called up to majors by Astros

On Sunday, the Astros called up top prospect Alex Bregman to the big leagues. The 22-year-old Bregman is expected to make his major league debut on Monday in Houston against the New York Yankees. The only question left to answer is where exactly he will be playing defensively. Though primarily a shortstop, Bregman has the ability to play multiple infield positions. Each spot on...
Via The Comeback
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Altuve's 2 homers, 6 RBIs lead Astros over Angels 13-3

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve hit two of Houston's season-high five homers and had a career-high six RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to a 13-3 win on Sunday for a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Luis Valbuena, Preston Tucker and Evan Gattis also homered for the Astros, who extended their winning streak against the Angels to 11 games. There were runners at first and second...
Via Associated Press
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Gattis hits 2 home runs in Astros' 7-2 win over Angels

HOUSTON (AP) Evan Gattis doesn't know why he hits better when he catches compared to when he's the designated hitter. ''I've seen the stats and heard it's kind of a big split, but I just want to pretend like I'm catching when I'm not,'' Gattis said. He was catching Saturday night, and his bat came alive. Gattis had two home runs and four RBIs in his return to the lineup, Collin...
Via Associated Press
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Report: Prince Fielder could be done for the season

The Texas Rangers were dealt bad news on Wednesday. Prince Fielder’s 2016 season may be over. Prince Fielder has another neck herniation....may be done for the season....know more after Friday exam — TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) July 20, 2016 Any time neck injuries enter into the equation, the news in very bad. In the case of Fielder, it’s even worse. He missed nearly...
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Top Astros prospect Alex Bregman suggests he’ll be called up Friday

One of baseball’s best prospects may be making his way to the majors soon. In an interview on Tuesday, Houston Astros star prospect Alex Bregman was asked whom he may be making his debut against. Bregman’s answer hinted that his arrival may be forthcoming. “I don’t know,” Bregman said to Sean Pendergast, Rich Lord and Ted Johnson on SportsRadio 610. “I think...
Via Sportsnaut
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Carlos Correa Looks Historically Great

Carlos Correa placed second last week on the trade-value list that Dave Cameron puts together every season. That placement seemed to surprise some, given that Correa is having a very good, but not great season. Correa’s 120 wRC+ is hardly spectacular, even if that number increases to 150 if you start with the latter part of May. He has improved over the last few months, but even...
Via Fangraphs
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Astros announcer is mesmerized by… sideline reporter’s blue eyes?

During a normal regular season matchup between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics, something definitely abnormal happened on the Astros telecast. In-game reporter Julia Morales of Root Sports filed a piece during the bottom of the 8th inning. The response from the Astros broadcast booth and play by play announcer Alan Ashby was to comment on how enchanted he was with Morales’...
Via Awful Announcing
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WATCH: Ryan Blakney gives overly enthusiastic strike two call

It’s not uncommon to see a Major League Baseball umpire with an emphatic motion to signal strike three. Some have their own signature moves. On Sunday, Ryan Blakney gave an overly enthusiastic call for a strike that wasn’t the third one. With a two ball, one strike count during the top of the fifth inning of a game between the Astros and Mariners, Mike Montgomery delivered a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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The Wind Up: Yulieski Gurriel and Houston’s Rotation

He is 32 years old. He will always be a Cuban legend. His name is Yulieski Gurriel, and for the next five years—ideally—he will be a member of the Houston Astros. As for where he will fit, as for his production—well, that remains to be seen. From the age of 17, when Gurriel first stepped foot onto the field for Sancti Spiritus, the Cuban National Series had a star on their...
Via The Sports Post
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Yulieski Gurriel is a Smart Addition for the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros made a splash move by signing cuban talent Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year $47.5 million contract. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has had his eye on Gurriel for over a decade now when he first saw him play in a tournament in Amsterdam. Lunhow is thrilled to finally bring Gurriel to the Astros after having the dream of this for so long. “To be able to...
Via The Sports Journal
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Houston Astros inks Cuban star for 5-year, $47.5 million

The Yulieski Gourriel sweepstakes has a winner. The Houston Astros reached an agreement with the Cuban infielder on a sizable 5-year, $47.5 million deal Friday afternoon. Source: INF Yulieski Gurriel agrees to 5-year, $47.5 million deal with #Astros #Cuba More on — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 15, 2016 Gourriel...
Via The Comeback
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Astros to sign Yulieski Gurriel

The Astros have agreed to a five-year, $47.5MM deal with infielder Yulieski Gurriel, Jesse Sanchez of reports on Twitter. The 32-year-old infielder makes for an interesting pre-deadline addition for the streaking Houston franchise.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
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The Resurgence of Ken Giles

There’s a maddening midseason tradition of realizing April performances have subconsciously impacted our perceptions of players in foolish ways. No matter how many times we tell ourselves that the baseball season is long and small sample sizes are fickle tricksters, we inevitably look up in July to find out that a player written off for dead in April is actually doing quite well...
Via Fangraphs
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Former MLB pitcher accuses Altuve of PED use

Rob Dibble is skeptical of Jose Altuve. During Tuesday’s All-Star game, the former pitcher took to Twitter to say that he doesn’t believe Altuve’s power numbers are entirely clean. Yea Altuve was hitting 5 or 7 HRs a year, now he has 14 in 89 games? So No PEDs and No Juiced Balls...Please — Rob Dibble (@robdibble49) July 13, 2016 When a fan accused Dibble of juicing...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

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