Astros' Luhnow talks about his first trade

Jeff Luhnow was named Astros general manager only six days ago. His first nine years in baseball were with the Cardinals. So, how is it that he pulled off a trade so quickly, and one that two rival executives called a win for the Astros? Allow Luhnow to explain how he and new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington negotiated the deal that sent reliever Mark Melancon to Boston on...
December 14, 2011  |  Discuss

ESPN's Law: On the move again?

Keith Law is a unique figure in baseball, a person who has shifted between front-office and media positions. He soon may be on the move again. Law, a senior baseball writer for, interviewed last week for a number of front-office roles with the Houston Astros, including the job of scouting director, according to major-league sources. Law met with both new club president...
December 29, 2011  |  Discuss

Astros playing too well to sell - so far

If run differential is an indicator of underlying performance, then the Houston Astros qualify as nearly as big a surprise in the National League as the Baltimore Orioles are in the American League. The Orioles’ plus-34 run differential ranks second in the AL behind the Rangers’ plus-47. The Astros are tied with the Washington Nationals for third in the NL at plus-14, trailing...
May 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Invisible Statistical Rerun From Green

The Major League Baseball season is not a race; it’s a test. It’s an exam meant to test your guts, will, but most importantly, your brains and your mouth. You come up with new ideas and deny, shush, deny, shush, and then in all likelihood, you pass; your brain grinds to an empty halt or you boast your ingenious skull, and you are gutted, thanked, and given an “F” that lasts...
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April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Who's on first?

According to a tweet from Houston Chronicle reporter, Jose de Jesus Ortiz, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday that the club's first base job will be a "good healthy competition" in spring training. Chris Carter, the 27-year-old, first baseman, who is approaching the 30 home run plateau in his peak years, is slated to bat in the six hole as the DH, that...
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

HOT STOVE - Review of the Astros December Transactions

After three consecutive seasons of record breaking losses, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow had a busy and productive December to close out the year. 12/31/31 - Astros signed RHP Jesse Crain to a one-year, $3.25 million contract. The Astros closed out the year with an announcement that took most fans by surprise, by signing Crain to a one year contract. Last season Crain posted...
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros future is closer than you think

Last season after spending 51 years in the National League, the Houston Astros, the worst team in baseball for the last three seasons, became the first team in Major League history to move from the National League to the American League. On March 31 at Minute Maid Park, in Houston Texas, in a nationally-televised game that kicked off the 2013 season for Major League Baseball, the...
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros All-Star Catcher Jason Castro and infielder Jesus Guzman file for arbitration

Astros All-Star catcher Jason Castro and recently acquired infielder Jesus Guzman were among the 146 major-league players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday. Castro, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, made $496,000 last season, a season where he played in a career-high 120 games and had put together the finest offensive season by a catcher in franchise history....
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ryan Express may be making another stop in Houston?

Can the old school Nolan Ryan and the new age Astros GM Jeff Luhnow co-exist? According to multiple sources and reports in the last 24 hours, Hall of Famer and former Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan and the Houston Astros have both expressed an interest in exploring a working relationship that would reunite the Texas legend with his son, Reid Ryan, the president of business operations...
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros offered Tanaka over $100 million

According to Brian McTaggert at, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday the club made an offer for Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka, who reached an agreement with the Yankees on Wednesday for seven years and $155 million. … Luhnow wouldn’t say how much the Astros offered Tanaka, but a source told it was more than $100 million.
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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