Astros decline option on Albers

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have declined a $3 million team option for right-hander reliever Matt Albers. The team will pay $200,000 to buy out the contract of Albers, who appeared in eight games this year before missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Houston also outrighted first baseman Jesus Guzman and left-hander Rudy Owens off the team's 40-man roster...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Alex Presley, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain

Houston Astros outfielder Alex Presley will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Tri-City on Tuesday, reports Brian McTaggart of McTaggart adds that the club is hoping injured relief pitchers Matt Albers and Jesse Crain will be able to return before the end of the season:#451405836 / gettyimages.comPresley strained his right oblique on July 7 while swinging at a pitch....
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

After light bullpen, Matt Albers renews optimism for pitching again this season

Injured righthanded reliever Matt Albers felt well enough after a light 20-pitch bullpen Friday to renew hope that he might be able to return this season. Albers has been out with right shoulder tendinitis since April 22. Barring a setback, he might be able to throw another bullpen session at some point next week.
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe blasted by Reds for second straight night

The Battle of Ohio packed up and headed from Cleveland to Cincinnati last night. The Reds carried over their “big homers from non-homer hitters” act, and the Indians were silent with the bats until the eighth inning when it was far too late. When it looked like the Indians might just dip their toes into serious wild card contention, they’ve fallen back to .500 after two straight...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: George Springer, Matt Albers, Josh Zeid

The Houston Astros (43-64) have been struggling all season with various injuries and their luck does not look like it will be getting better anytime soon.  Rookie outfielder George Springer took batting practice for the first time on Tuesday, according to Brian McTaggart of  Pitchers Matt Albers and Josh Zeid will continue to be on the disabled list indefinitely, but...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Dexter Fowler, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain

The Houston Astros don’t expect to get center fielder Dexter Fowler, relief pitcher Matt Albers or relief pitcher Jesse Crain back off the disabled list anytime soon, reports Brian McTaggart of / gettyimages.comFowler has been on the disabled list since June 27 with an intercostal strain in his right side. The Astros hoped Fowler would be fully recovered following...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Albers, Anthony Bass hopeful of return prior to All-Star break

getty images The Houston Astros have been without relief pitcher Matt Albers since April 21. Fellow right hander Anthony Bass has been out since May 10. Both pitchers remain hopeful that they can return prior to the All-Star break even as they are currently in Florida rehabbing. Albers, 31, has been dealing with right-shoulder tendinitis while Bass has a right intercostal strain.
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Qualls takes over as full-time closer for Astros

After going with a closer by committed for the first quarter of the season, Astros manager Bo Porter on Friday proclaimed veteran Chad Qualls would be handling the closing duties from now on. Qualls, 35, had been one of a handful of relievers who have been in the mix to close this season, including Josh Fields, Anthony Bass and Matt Albers. Bass and Albers are on the disabled list...
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Injury updates on Astros' Matt Albers and Jesse Crain

The Houston Astros have had little to cheer about on the field this season, finishing the first quarter of the season with a record of 13-27, last place in the American League West. The Astros have been equally inept offensively and on the mound, ranking 27th in runs scored and in ERA. There is hope for some good news on relievers Matt Albers and Jesse Crain, who are battling...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Updates: Matt Albers, Scott Feldman, Jesse Crain, Delino Deshields Jr

The Houston Astros continue their four-game series with Oakland today.  Oakland took the first game 10-1 but the story centered around Jed Lowrie being targeted again by Houston for his bunt single last weekend.  They should probably focus more on the games and trying to stay healthy.  We have updates on a trio of pitchers & an update on a much talked about minor leaguer...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros' Matt Albers dealing with shoulder tightness

The Houston Astros are off to a 7-14 start, last in the American League West. They are 29th in runs scored and 26th in ERA. But the Astros have played better of late, winning their last two on the road against the Seattle Mariners. There is some concern with relief pitcher Matt Albers, who has shoulder tightness. He is unavailable tonight and his status for tomorrow is up in...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen arms and anti-regression velocity

In a post yesterday, I pondered relief pitchers like Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Jake McGee who have unexpectedly increased their fastball velocity with age. Their careers piqued my curiosity. And so I took a look at pitchers who have pitched in relief since 2010 and if their velocity has regressed or not. Let me share what I have discovered.First, let me disclaim a few things...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros get best of Yankees, improve to 2-0

The Astros’ war cry this winter was a promise the bullpen would be better. If nothing else, they would fix the worst relief corps around. Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the Yankees was the first full-length test. Four relievers — Jerome Williams, Kevin Chapman, Matt Albers and Josh Fields — backed up starter Jarred Cosart, who looked excellent early before his pitch count...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen arms with velocity increasing with age

Was there ever an age when so many different bullpen pitchers pitched with such high velocity? Nowadays, it seems that every bullpen has three to five guys who can throw the ball 95 MPH or higher. It's crazy. I happened to think of this last night while watching Chad Qualls and Matt Albers of the Astros pitch. Both pitchers came in throwing gas. Qualls averaged 94.8 MPH on...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Closer by Committee in Houston

Astros Manager Bo Porter announced he will begin the season with a closer by committee. The committee will include Chad Qualls, Josh Fielders and Matt Albers. We at FFLockerRoom have felt all along that Qualls would be given the first crack at save opportunities simply based on his experience and success last season. That being said don’t be surprised to see the 28 year old Fields...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Preview: Houston Astros

Last season the Houston Astros moved to the American League West from the National League Central in a move designed to give both leagues 15 teams each. Things didn’t go well for the Astros in their first season in the American League as they stumbled to a 51-111 record. Additions: Matt Albers, Jesus Guzman, Chad Qualls, Scott Feldman, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Bass, Jesse Crain and...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to know about the Astros

Five things to know about the Houston Astros as they start spring training: SPENDING MONEY: The Astros put some money into the major league team after several years of focusing on restocking their once-barren farm system. They had the lowest payroll in the majors last season at less than $30 million and it lost a franchise-worst 111 games. Houston signed Scott Feldman to a three...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros' farm system ranked No. 1 by ESPN

With seven of the top 100 Minor League prospects in's rankings, the Astros have compiled the best farm system in baseball, according to rankings released Tuesday by's Keith Law. The Astros have stockpiled talent by trading away veterans for multiple prospects and securing the top pick in the Draft for the last two years (they'll pick first again this...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Relievers The Houston Astros Should Consider Signing

Yes, I know. The Houston Astros have already improved their bullpen a tremendous amount from last season. Trust me, I absolutely love it, but I don’t want them to be finished quite yet. When the Astros entered the offseason, they knew that fixing the bullpen was high on their priorities list. Going out and signing Matt Albers, Jesse Crain, and Chad Qualls will do wonders for the...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Astros' Acquisitions

In the past three seasons, the Astros have combined to lose a total of 324 games. That's an average of 108 losses per season.  Do you remember when they were swept in the 2005 World Series? Yes, the Astros competed in the World Series nine seasons ago. They even last had a winning season in 2008. Yet from 2011-2013, they posted marks of 56, 55, and 51 wins. Their payroll in...
Via The Sports Post
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros, Albers complete $2.45M, 1-year deal

The Astros have finalized a $2.45 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Matt Albers. The 30-year-old Albers gets $2.25 million next season under Tuesday's agreement, and Houston has a $3 million option for 2015 with a $200,000 buyout. He 6-2 in 119 appearances over the last two seasons with a 2.77 ERA, including 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 56 appearances for Cleveland...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB News: Matt Albers signs with Houston Astros

Amid a busy two days in Cleveland Indians free agency news, one 2013 pitcher officially left as well: Reliever Matt Albers has reached a one-year deal with the Houston Astros, as first reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal is worth $2.25 million with a $3 million option for 2015 and a $200K buyout. The soon-to-be 31-year-old earned $1.75 million last year with the Tribe...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Reports: Astros add Chad Qualls, Matt Albers to bullpen

The Astros have reportedly made a pair of moves aimed at improving the bullpen. First, they agreed to terms with right-hander Chad Qualls to a two-year, $6-million deal, and then, as Ken Rosenthal of reports, they locked up right-hander Matt Albers with a one-year pact worth $2.45 million. Qualls, 35, last season pitched to a 2.61 ERA and 2.58 K/BB ratio in 62 innings...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros sign Matt Albers to one-year deal

The Houston Astros have signed relief pitcher Matt Albers to a one-year deal. Albers began his career with the Astros and is coming off a strong season with the Cleveland Indians where he compiled a 3.14 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 56 games. The 30-year-old Albers should begin the season in a set-up role for the Astros. He will make $2.25 million in 2014 while his contract includes an...
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Indians Matt Albers could be the next member of bullpen to leave

Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that several teams have shown interest in free agent Tribe right handed reliever Matt Albers. Hoynes believes one of the teams strongly interested in the 30 year old rihty could be division rivals Detroit Tigers or the Chicago White Sox. Albers made $1.75 million in his only season with the Tribe after coming over from Arizona...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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