HOUSTON ASTROS NEWS

After surprising 2015, Astros' goal is to 'win a championship'

The Houston Astros are coming off a surprisingly successful 2015 campaign which included a trip to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years for the franchise, eventually losing to the World Series champion Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.While the Astros won't be sneaking up on anyone in the standing in 2016 with expectations running high in Houston, the club's general manager...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Spring Training Preview

When the Houston Astros found themselves playing baseball in October last season for the first time since their World Series campaign in 2005, when they were a member of the National League, fans could not have really cared less on how the team got there. All they knew is that the years of losing were over. After squandering their first place lead of 51 days that was held from...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter was Almost a Houston Astro?

It’s fun to play what might have been, right? Did you know that instead ending up with the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter was real close to being a member of the Houston Astros? It’s true. The Astros had the first pick in the 1992 draft and they were looking long and hard at the future Hall of Famer, but were scared off due to money concerns. In short…Houston thought Jeter would...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Lew Temple (Part One)

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk to actor (and former Houston Astros scout!) Lew Temple. In the first part of what ends up being a spectacular baseball discussion, Lew tells the boys about his days as a Houston Astros scout, the team drafting Craig Biggio, passing on Derek Jeter and shares his thoughts on steroids. Also, Lew drops some nuggets about his friendship with...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Are in a Sweet Spot

As of Wednesday night, there were 57 position players projected via our depth charts to produce three wins or more. The Astros had four of them: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Carlos Gomez and George Springer. That they had four of these 57 players isn’t especially unique. Houston is one of five teams to have at least four such players. But what is interesting is just how much room...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros designated hitter Gattis has sports hernia surgery

HOUSTON (AP) Houston designated hitter Evan Gattis underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia. Gattis had the surgery on Tuesday and will be out four to six weeks. He will join the Astros on time for spring training and rehabilitate with the team's medical staff in Florida. In his first year with the Astros last season, he led the team with 27 homers and 88 RBIs, both career...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros' Evan Gattis reportedly sidelined 4-6 weeks after hernia surgery

Houston Astros DH Evan Gattis will be sidelined for four to six weeks after recent hernia surgery, MLB.com reports.After his condition worsened a week ago, Gattis had an MRI exam that revealed the problem. He told MLB.com that he is optimistic he will he be ready by the start of the regular season or shortly afterward.Gattis slugged 27 homers in his first season with the Astros in...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Teams get first arbitration win as Astros beat Jason Castro

PHOENIX -- Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro became the first player to lose in salary arbitration this year.Castro was awarded $5 million on Tuesday by arbitrators Matt Goldberg, Gary Kendellen and James Oldham, who heard arguments a day earlier. Castro had asked for a raise from $4 million to $5.25 million.The 28-year-old was an All-Star in 2013. He hit .211 last season, his...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros beat Castro in arbitration, catcher gets $5 million

PHOENIX (AP) Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro became the first player to lose in salary arbitration this year. Castro was awarded $5 million on Tuesday by arbitrators Matt Goldberg, Gary Kendellen and James Oldham , who heard arguments a day earlier. Castro had asked for a raise from $4 million to $5.25 million. The 28-year-old was an All-Star in 2013. He hit .211 last season...
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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...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via The Fantasy Fix
6 days 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...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Prospects: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects by Christopher Crawford and BP Prospect Staff

Houston, we have a prospect. Don`t @ me.
Via Baseball Prospectus
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via TopSportsReport
13 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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14 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...
Via Hot Stove MLB
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via The Fantasy Fix
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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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16 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Bloguin Best
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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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17 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fangraphs
18 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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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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