HOUSTON ASTROS NEWS

MLB Rumors: Astros Listening on Castro, Fowler

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Houston Astros are interested in trading catcher Jason Castro and/or centerfielder Dexter Fowler. The 28 year-old Fowler is projected by Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors to get $9 million through arbitration this offseason, while the 27 year-old Castro is projected at $3.9 million for his 2015 salary. While the Astros have an interest...
Via On-Base Talk
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros show interest in David Robertson

The Houston Astros have contacted Scott Leventhal, David Robertson‘s agent, to express the interest in the free agent reliever, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. Previously, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reported that the Astros were aggressively pursuing a top closer. He named Robertson, Sergio Romo and Andrew Miller. As many as a six teams have reached out to the...
Via On-Base Talk
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston interested in closer David Robertson

The Houston Astros have been vocal about the desire to add a closer in the offseason. They have been linked to closing options Sergio Romo and Andrew Miller, but now you can add the top closer on the market, David Robertson, to the list. #456407084 / gettyimages.com Ken Davidoff of the New York Post says that according to sources, the Astros have contacted Robertson's agent...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers claim RHP Zeid on waivers from Astros

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have claimed right-handed reliever Josh Zeid on waivers from the Houston Astros. The Tigers made the move Thursday. The 27-year-old Zeid was 0-0 with a 6.97 ERA in 23 games for the Astros. He went on the disabled list in late July and needed season-ending surgery on both feet because of a painful condition called bilateral sesamoiditis.
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Add Nesbitt and Machado, Claim Zeid From Houston

Additions to the 40-Man: The Tigers announced several roster moves today. They added minor leaguers Angel Nesbitt and Dixon Machado to the 40 man roster to protect them from the MLB’s Rule 5 Draft which takes place on December 11th. The deadline to protect players from this draft is at midnight tonight, November 20th. Dixon Machado as a member of AA Erie in 2014. Machado, whom...
Via The Majors Detroit
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros agree to 1-year deal with OF Alex Presley, avoid arbitration

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract with Alex Presley, avoiding arbitration with the outfielder. Terms of the deal weren't released. The 29-year-old hit. 244 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 89 games for Houston last season. He played all three outfield positions, starting in 29 games in left field, 20 in right and 14 in center. It was his first year...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Looking to Acquire Catcher Jason Castro?

It’s no secret that current White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has underwhelmed during his time on the South Side. Flowers, the top prospect the Sox acquired in a 2008 trade with the Atlanta Braves for Javier Vazquez, is a career .218 hitter that strikes out way too much and has been a complete bust. He did post the best season of his career in 2014 however batting .244 with 15 home...
Via Sports Mockery
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Astros 'have checked in on' SS Hanley Ramirez

The Houston Astros are only a few years away from serious postseason contention, and if what FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted Tuesday is true, then they could make that contention happen sooner rather than later. Rosenthal tweeted that the Astros "have checked in on" free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has rejected the $15.3-million qualifying offer from the...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Get Their Jose Molina

Sometimes, a transaction is so immediately obvious you don’t have to spend any time at all trying to work out the rationale behind it. Other times, a transaction only seems that immediately obvious, because we’re not privy to all of the relevant information. In each case, though, we get to pretend like the move in […]
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels deal catcher Hank Conger to Astros for two players

  The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels got right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Conger played 80 games with 70 starts last season for the Angels. A first-round pick in 2006, Conger hit .221 with four homers and a career-high 25 RBI. Houston general...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels trade C Hank Conger to Astros

The Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels The Angels got right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Conger played 80 games with 70 starts last season for the Angels. A first-round pick in 2006, Conger hit .221 with four homers and a career-high 25 RBIs. Houston general manager...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros get C Conger from Angels for RHP Tropeano

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels got right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Conger played 80 games with 70 starts last season for the Angels. A first-round pick in 2006, Conger hit .221 with four homers and a career-high 25 RBIs. Houston...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: Mike Elias, Houston Astros Director of Amateur Scouting

Scheduling Note: This week’s Sunday Notes column will appear in its usual format on Tuesday. Today we have a long conversation with Mike Elias on the subject of amateur scouting. Enjoy! —— Mike Elias was hired as director of amateur scouting for the Houston Astros in August, 2012. The 31-year-old former Yale University lefthander is […]
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Judge OKs plan to put Astros, Rockets games on most Houston TVs

  A Houston judge has approved a bankruptcy reorganization plan allowing AT&T and DirecTV to buy Comcast SportsNet Houston and convert it to Root Sports Houston, allowing Houston Astros and Rockets games to be seen by a much wider television audience. Comcast and several cable providers including AT&T and DirecTV never agreed to carriage rights for the network, leaving the...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros, Rockets games to have wider TV audience

HOUSTON (AP) A Houston judge has approved a bankruptcy reorganization plan allowing AT&T and DirecTV to buy Comcast SportsNet Houston and convert it to Root Sports Houston, allowing Houston Astros and Rockets games to be seen by a much wider television audience. Comcast and several cable providers including AT&T and DirecTV never agreed to carriage rights for the network...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston preparing for an active offseason

Although they have not been competitive for years, the Houston Astros are prepping for a highly active offseason according to team beat writer, Brian McTaggart.  McTaggart reported that the team is expected to have at least 20 million dollars to spend, which could be used to strengthen the bullpen and add power to their young lineup.#455535992 / gettyimages.comThis is a huge change...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros could ditch Tal’s Hill in Minute Maid Park renovations

Minute Maid Park may be losing one of MLB’s most distinct — but likely not beloved — features in an upcoming renovation. The Houston Astros are planning updates to their home ballpark and the team announced it’s hired an architectural firm, MSA Architects, to explore possibilities for changes to the center field area during the 2016 offseason. Team president Reid Ryan said...
Via Bloguin Best
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros could ditch Tal’s Hill in Minute Maid Park renovations

Minute Maid Park may be losing one of MLB’s most distinct — but likely not beloved — features in an upcoming renovation. The Houston Astros are planning updates to their home ballpark and the team announced it’s hired an architectural firm, MSA Architects, to explore possibilities for changes to the center field area during the 2016 offseason. Team president Reid Ryan said...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Lure Away Cardinals Scout Charlie Gonzalez

First reported by the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Astros have lured away another member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Area scout Charlie Gonzalez has agreed to become a special assistant to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. With the Cardinals, Gonzalez worked on the amateur side under scouting director Dan Kantrovitz. Based in Florida, Gonzalez had a hand in signing...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Jesus Guzman will play in Japan next season

As the Houston Astros continue to move towards respectability, it appears that Jesus Guzman will not be part of their rebuild.  Team beat writer Brian McTaggart is reporting that Guzman will not be playing for any team in the MLB next season, but instead he will be playing in Japan.  #455537146 / gettyimages.comJesus Guzman will play in Japan next year, for Hiroshima.— Brian...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston expected to add to bullpen this offseason

The Houston Astros won 70 games and finished 28 games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West this past season. Although 21st in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 25th in ERA, the Astros showed marked improvement over the 51-win team of 2013.  The Astros expect to be very busy this off season. Owner Jim Crane, pictured below, said the team will increase payroll...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Scott Feldman on Scuffed Balls, Lopsided Balls, and Pitching Up

Scott Feldman knows a lot about pitching — the 31-year-old Houston Astros righthander just completed his tenth big-league season – which means he knows a lot about baseballs. When he gets a new one on the mound, Feldman immediately recognizes its specific shape and texture. Not every baseball feels exactly the same. Feldman is likewise […]
Via Fangraphs
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Mark Appel's stock is rising

During 2014 Houston Astros' prospect Mark Appel got a lot of attention for the wrong reasons.  He although he was pitching poorly, he was promoted throughout levels of the minor league system because of what many felt was simply because he was a former number one overall pick.  But this fall while pitching against the best prospects the league has to offer in the Arizona Fall...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Appel thriving in AFL, has tossed 12 scoreless frames

Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel has thrown 12 scoreless innings in his three starts in the Arizona Fall League. After struggling to open the season at High-A Lancaster the 23-year-old picked it up upon a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi. ON Monday Appel threw five scoreless innings. Overall he has allowe djust four hits and owns a 12/3 K/BB ratio over his three starts. “I...
Via Tireball.com
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Hudgens Lands Job With Astros

Word the Houston Astros hired former Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens raised the simple question: What’s going on in the Mets’ search to fill that position? The Mets are interested in Dave Magadan and former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. The Yankees are also pursuing Magadan. Hudgens’ philosophy is to work deep into the count, but when the Mets’ sputtered to start the...
Via New York Mets Report
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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