Catcher Jason Castro, Astros argue salary arbitration case

PHOENIX (AP) Catcher Jason Castro and the Houston Astros argued their salary arbitration case despite a difference of only $250,000. Castro asked arbitrators Matt Goldberg, Gary Kendellen and James Oldham for a raise from $4 million to $5.25 million during Monday's hearing, and the Astros argued for $5 million. A decision is expected Tuesday. The 28-year-old was an All-Star in...
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2016 Houston Astros Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The Houston Astros weren't expected to grow up so fast, but a few young stars burst onto the scene and helped the Astros jump out to a hot start. After taking the eventual champs to five games in the ALDS, Houston will look to ride their young bats and quality pitching staff to an even deeper postseason run. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's...
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2016 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Profile: Alex Bregman

The Houston Astros had a huge image to overcome in the 2015 draft. In 2014, they drafted Brady Aiken first overall and failed to sign him. Something came up during his physical and they pulled their offer off the table. Ironically, he ended up having Tommy John surgery during the winter of 2015. As a result of the failed signing, Astros fans were excited when they had the second...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: 2016 Offseason Report Card

After three consecutive years of finishing 40.0 or more games out of their division from 2011 to 2013 (moving from the National League Central to the American League West after 2012), the Houston Astros showed signs of life in 2014. They won 70 games for the first time since 2010, but still finished fourth in the AL West, 28.0 games behind the division champion Los Angeles Angels...
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2016 Prospects: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects by Christopher Crawford and BP Prospect Staff

Houston, we have a prospect. Don`t @ me.
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Houston Astros Projected 2016 Lineup + Rotation

Houston Astros Lineup and Rotation Projection Batting Order: 1- Jose Altuve 2-George Springer 3- Carlos Correa 4-Evan Gattis 5-Carlos Gomez 6- Marwin Gonzalez 7- Colby Rasmus 8-Jason Castro 9-AJ Reed or Jon Singleton For the most part, this starting lineup remains the same because it worked for the Astros last year. However, there are two main differences in that Marwin Gonzalez...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros’ Very Early Season Preview

There are 64 days and about 20 minutes as of the publication of this article until the MLB season begins. So does that mean that it’s too early to do a 2016 season preview for the Houston Astros? Please, of course not. Nobody has been this excited about the team since the 2005 World Series when the team faced off the Chicago White Sox. After the sweep, the Astros grew worse and...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister Signs One-Year Deal With Houston Astros

After what seemed like an eternity, one right handed pitcher has finally found a new home. According to MLB.com, former Detroit Tiger and Washington National Doug Fister has signed a one year deal with the Houston Astros. Fister’s deal is worth $7 million, but can reach up to over $10 million if his performance bonuses. Throughout the last few seasons, baseball analysts and fans...
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2016 Fantasy Baseball: Houston Astros Sign Doug Fister

The Houston Astros checked off the last offseason checklist item on Thursday when they signed free agent starter Doug Fister to a one-year contract for a guaranteed seven million dollars. The contract could possibly reach 12 million if he reaches all of the incentives in the contract. The move leaves Yovani Gallardo as the only plug-and-play starter currently on the market. Why the...
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Doug Fister lands one-year, $7 million deal with Astros

Fresh off their first playoff berth since 2005, the Houston Astros are looking to keep their momentum going. On Thursday, the team fortified their starting rotation by signing free agent righthander Doug Fister to a one-year deal worth $7 million, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The agreement also comes with up to $12 million in incentives. Source: Fister gets 1-year, $7M deal...
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Astros address huge back-end rotation need with Doug Fister signing

Houston Astros starting pitching was a huge plus in 2015. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a revelation, posting his best season to date with a 20-8 record, 1.02 WHIP, and 2.48 ERA, earning his first career Cy Young. Behind him was Collin McHugh, a waiver claim turned perfect number two. The 28-year-old won 19 games, threw over 200 innings, and had a 3.89 ERA. Behind the duo was rookie...
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Astros address huge back-end rotation need with Doug Fister signing

Houston Astros starting pitching was a huge plus in 2015. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a revelation, posting his best season to date with a 20-8 record, 1.02 WHIP, and 2.48 ERA, earning his first career Cy Young. Behind him was Collin McHugh, a waiver claim turned perfect number two. The 28-year-old won 19 games, threw over 200 innings, and had a 3.89 ERA. Behind the duo was...
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Astros Take the Doug Fister Chance

Just gonna go ahead and borrow from a colleague: I wonder what kind of odds you could have gotten on “Doug Fister and Rich Hill will sign almost the same FA contract” 12 months ago. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) January 28, 2016 Rich Hill signed for a year and a guaranteed $6 million. He’s nearly 36 years old, and he just started all of four games for the Red Sox, and...
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Right-hander Doug Fister, Astros agree to $7M, 1-year deal

HOUSTON (AP) Right-hander Doug Fister and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $7 million, one-year contract. The 31-year-old was 5-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 15 starts and 10 relief appearances last season for Washington. He was 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA for the Nationals in 2014, when he finished eighth in NL Cy Young Award voting. Fister is 65-63 with a 3.42 ERA 167 starts and 13 relief...
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Doug Fister signs one-year deal with Astros

A down season led to Doug Fister finding a tough market. That has allowed the Astros to sign the 31-year-old to a one-year deal worth $7 million guaranteed. Fister can earn another $5 million via incentives. He is believed to have been seeking a two-year deal north of $20 million but such a deal never came. By taking the one-year deal Fister can rebuild his stock in 2016 and try...
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George Springer, In Progress

Last September, at one point, the Astros staged an improbable ninth-inning comeback against the Angels. I don’t remember a whole lot of the details anymore, but there is still one play that sticks out in my mind, because it stuck out in my mind back then. George Springer neither started the rally nor ended it, but he did keep it alive with the bases empty and the Astros down to...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros sign lefty Wandy Rodriguez to minor league contract

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have signed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. The Astros said Tuesday that lefty Edwar Cabrera and infielder Danny Worth also got minor league deals and were invited to camp. The 37-year-old Rodriguez was 6-4 with a 4.90 ERA for Texas last season. He pitched in parts of eight big league seasons...
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Missouri suspends QB Maty Mauk indefinitely after alleged cocaine snorting video surfaces

Missouri has suspended quarterback Maty Mauk from the football program indefinitely as they investigate a video that allegedly shows the Tigers QB snorting cocaine. The video below was circulated on social media, and it shows a man snorting a white powder substance off a table: Matty Mauk missing the line, just like he misses his receivers. #Mizzou #Rocktober #MattyIce @TMAFanpage...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros minor leaguer killed in motorcycle accident

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros say minor league pitcher Jose Rosario was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic. The team said Monday the 20-year-old Dominican died Sunday night. Rosario pitched the last two seasons in the Astros minor league system, splitting 2015 between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League. He was signed by the Astros as...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Houston Astros Team Preview

2015 Quick Overview The Astros finished 86-76 on the 2015 season. That marked a 16-game improvement from the previous season and a 35-game improvement over a two year period. Most interested observers believed 2016 would be the season where they would burst onto the playoff scene, but it came a season early. In fact, they brought the Royals closer to elimination than any other team...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Precedent for Evan Gattis’ Triples

Evan Gattis was probably never fast. That is, he wasn’t fast in comparison to many baseball players he was around while coming up through the minors. He certainly isn’t fast now, and at this point, we can confidently say that he probably never will be. And that’s fine, because speed isn’t really his game: coming into the 2015 season, he had zero stolen bases and one triple...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Carlos Correa plays 'baseball' during NY blizzard

Parts of the East Coast were battered by blizzard on Saturday that dumped over 20 inches of snow in some areas. Among those in the northeast was Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who had a little fun in the snow. Correa was in New York for a Baseball Writers Association of America event that was ultimately cancelled due to the weather. During the day, the 21-year-old played...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Astros “exploring the possibility” of signing Doug Fister

The Houston Astros, who are on the lookout for another starting pitcher, are “exploring the possibility” of signing free agent right-handed pitcher Doug Fister, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. In addition to Fister, Cafardo says that the Astros have discussed Yovani Gallardo, Alfredo Simon and Kyle Lohse. The Astros’ preference, however, is […]
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa plays baseball with snowballs in blizzard (Video)

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was in New York City this weekend as Winter Storm Jonas hit, giving him the opportunity to see snow for the first time.Correa's weekend plans opened up as Saturday night's BBWAA dinner was cancelled, so he spent some time outside during the blizzard playing baseball (what else?) with snowballs. Snow can't stop baseball❄️😂⚾️ #blizzard2016...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB.com reporter tweets Astros told her they had real Tina Turner at gala, then changed their tune

Things got a little weird at the Houston Astros’ Diamond Dreams gala Friday, at least according to MLB.com national correspondent Alyson Footer. The charitable event to benefit the Astros’ Foundation and New Hope Housing was billed as featuring singer/songwriter James Taylor, along with numerous Astros’ players and manager A.J. Hinch, but Footer tweeted that things got very...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss
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