Astros Agree To New Deal With Cuban Lefty Cionel Perez

The Astros and young Cuban left-hander Cionel Perez have agreed to a new deal that comes with a $2MM signing bonus, reports’s Jesse Sanchez (via Twitter). Houston and Perez had originally agreed to a $5.15MM signing bonus back in September, but in October it was reported by Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen and ESPN’s Keith Law that the deal had been voided for medical reasons...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 hour ago

Astros Minors News: Hauschild, Stubbs, Laureano, and Martes

Could Francis Martes start the year with the Astros? The Astros pack their bags with the conclusion of the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings. After being very active before the meetings, Jeff Luhnow walks away short a pitching prospect. Wednesday, there was a buzz around baseball that the Astros were in talks for Jose Quintana. However, […] Astros Minors News: Hauschild, Stubbs, Laureano...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
4 hours ago

Astros: Could Houston be in on the Japanese Babe Ruth, Shohei Otani?

The Astros have a chance to sign one of the biggest international stars in recent memory. Japanese pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Otani could come to America for a hefty price tag north of $300 million. Otani will most likely be coming to the American majors sometime during the 2017 off-season. At which time, virtually any team […] Astros: Could Houston be in on the Japanese...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
22 hours ago

2017 ZiPS Projections – Houston Astros

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Houston Astros. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Chicago NL / San Diego / Toronto...
Via Fangraphs
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros set up potential post-Meetings moves

The Astros roared into the Winter Meetings as one of the most aggressive teams of the offseason, making four significant additions to their lineup and getting a starting pitcher before landing in the nation's capital. Things quieted down as the Meetings progressed, at least publicly. Behind the scenes, Houston was working to land another starting pitcher and some bullpen help, though...
23 hours ago

Astros: Will Jake Marisnick make the 2017 roster?

Jake Marisnick has forged a spot in Houston the past few years as a speedy outfielder that plays spectacular defense, but those were weaker Astros teams with less talent. Can he keep his job? The 2017 Houston Astros are looking to be loaded position player wise. The acquisitions of Brian McCann, Nori Aoki, Josh Reddick, […] Astros: Will Jake Marisnick make the 2017 roster? - Climbing...
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1 day ago

Astros lose RHP Hauschild to Rangers in Rule 5 Draft

Right-handed pitcher Mike Hauschild, who was drafted in the 33rd round by the Astros in 2012 and went 9-10 with a 3.22 ERA in 24 starts last season at Triple-A Fresno, was taken by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft on Friday.
1 day ago

Astros could dangle prospects to get pitching

With general manager Jeff Luhnow remaining firm in his belief he doesn't want to trade any players who are essential to the core of the team's production next season in his pursuit of pitching, the Astros may have to swallow hard in parting with some of their top prospects.
1 day ago

The Key to the 2017 Astros

The Astros have had an interesting offseason thus far. They’ve signed Josh Reddick to play the outfield, claimed Nori Aoki off waivers, rolled the dice on Charlie Morton to beef up their rotation, and doled out perhaps a bit too much to acquire Brian McCann. They just signed Carlos Beltran to be their DH, too.  If nothing else, we may very well figure out if there’s a critical...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Claim Ashur Tolliver From Angels

The Astros have claimed left-hander Ashur Tolliver off waivers from the Angels, tweets Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The 28-year-old reliever made his big league debut with the Orioles last season after impressing with a 2.23 ERA, 10.2 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 44 1/3 innings across three minor league level. However, Tolliver was still designated for assignment when the Orioles...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Beltran, Astros finalize $16 million, 1-year contract

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Beltran and the Houston Astros have finalized a $16 million, one-year contract. Beltran was to be introduced Monday at Minute Maid Park. The Astros have been busy boosting their lineup since missing the playoffs, trading for catcher Brian McCann and adding free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick. Beltran turns 40 in April. He hit a combined .295 with 29 home runs...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Gauging Interest In Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers

The Astros are known to be looking for a front-end arm to add to their rotation, but they’re also “dangling” right-handers Collin McHugh and Mike Fiers in an effort to create flexibility on their roster and in the payroll, reports ESPN’s Jayson Stark. McHugh, 29, has been one of the Astros’ best finds since Jeff Luhnow took over as the team’s general manager. Plucked...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago

Nearly 12 Years Later, Houston Re-Signs Carlos Beltrán

In April, Carlos Beltrán will be 40 years old. He will also be at the beginning of his 20th Major League Baseball season. A season that will begin and end with the Houston Astros, a club he last played for in 2004. But for a better part of the last 12 years, Astros faithful haven’t been his biggest fans. This stems from the winter of 2005, when Beltrán opted for the New York...
Via The Sports Post
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros not on Reddick's radar at beginning of free agency

HOUSTON (AP) Josh Reddick never expected to hear from the Houston Astros. ''I didn't know if I was on these guy's radar,'' the outfielder said Wednesday after finalizing a $52 million, four-year contract. ''It was something that came out of nowhere for me, not in a bad way. I was very excited to hear from them. Texas is something that brings me a little closer to home.'' Reddick...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Acquire Veteran Game Caller Brian McCann

Without looking at either team too hard, you might think the Astros needed major league pitching and the Yankees needed major league pitching. So of course the Yankees traded catcher Brian McCann to the Astros for prospect right-handers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. We’ll learn more about the prospects (other than their high velocity fastballs) later, but the major league teams...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick reportedly agrees to four-year deal with Astros

The Houston Astros aren’t playing around this offseason. According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Thursday, the Astros have agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, pending a physical. Sources: Astros have agreed to a deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, pending a physical. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Braves showing serious interest in Jason Castro

Looking to put a 68-93 season behind them, the Atlanta Braves continue to turn to the free agent market in the hopes of retooling their roster. According to a report by Buster Olney of ESPN on Wednesday, the Braves are among the most serious bidders for free agent catcher Jason Castro. The Braves are also among the most serious bidders for catcher Jason Castro, as they look at...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

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