Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 20
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
MLB.com "After two years in Oakland, veteran shortstop Jed Lowrie is returning to the Astros. Lowrie, who spent the 2012 season in Houston before being traded to the A's, has signed a three-year contract to play shortstop for the Astros with an option for '18. He will make $23 million over three the..." December 16
Heard Dan Johnson is signing a minor league deal with the #Astros.
CBSSports.com "The Astros and unsigned draftee Jacob Nix have quietly and confidentially come to a monetary settlement over the team's decision to nix an agreed-upon $1.5-million deal that was negotiated but never signed, following last June's first-year player draft. By all accounts, Nix and the Astros had..." December 15
Source confirms: Lowrie agrees to 3-yr, $23M deal with #Astros with 4th-yr option that could push total value to $28M. @EvanDrelich 1st.
Houston Chronicle "Super agent Scott Boras has met with the Astros, he said Wednesday at the winter meetings. A person familiar with the conversation said the talk was focused on relief pitching and shortstop Stephen Drew, but not top starting pitcher Max Scherzer. “We’ve had meetings and talked and we have..." December 12
Houston Chronicle "The Astros were hit hard in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, losing three players in the major league phase of the draft. With the third pick in the draft, the Rangers took Delino DeShields Jr., a toolsy outfielder who’s reached Class AA. With the sixth pick, the Red Sox took righty Jandel..." December 11
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
The Houston #Astros, who tried to sign Andrew Miller and David Robertson, now closing in on Pat Neshek after Gregerson"s $18.5 million deal
After missing out on Robertson and Miller, #Astros still intend to acquire multiple relievers. Exploring trades as well as free agents.
The Score "The Houston Astros continue to make headlines this offseason, and the latest hot stove rumor is linking them to free-agent shortstop Jed Lowrie. Sources tell Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that the Astros are pursuing a reunion with the 30-year-old infielder in an effort to shore up a position..." December 08
The Astros continue to pursue closer David Robertson. Could be his most lucrative offer comes from Houston.
Astros were high bidder for miller, in range of $40M for 4 yrs
New York Post "The Astros are telling people they are getting used by David Robertson and his representative. Multiple employees of other big league clubs said Tuesday the Astros believe Robertson’s interest in the Astros serves another purpose other than leaving The Bronx for Houston. “They think he is..." December 03
Hardball Talk "According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays and Astros have had discussions regarding center fielder Dexter Fowler, who is a year away from free agency. One year after acquiring him from the Rockies, the Astros see Fowler as expendable with both George Springer and Jake Marisnick..." December 03
if astros dont get robertson, they may turn to sergio romo
Hardball Talk "In a move that presumably signals his retirement as a player, longtime big leaguer Carlos Pena has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst for the upcoming season. Pena was the 10th overall pick in the 1998 draft and played 14 seasons in the majors for eight different teams, including a brief..." December 01
The Crawfish Boxes "The Houston Astros ranked dead last in bullpen ERA last season, in all of baseball. With plenty of optimism surrounding the approaching season, many are advocating that the dire bullpen of last season needs a makeover. It isn't hard to understand why, either. However, don't be fooled by their..." November 25
New York Post "A year ago, a Yankees homegrown All-Star bolted for a lousy American League West team. Could David Robertson follow the trail blazed by Robinson Cano? The Astros have communicated with Robertson’s agent Scott Leventhal to express their interest in the Yankees’ closer, an industry source..." November 23
Hear the Astros are going hard to get one of the top closers on the market. Among those on the wish list: Miller, Robertson, Romo.
New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13
Jeff Luhnow said that George Springer’s fully healed and his offseason will rev up normally
Sources: #Astros, looking for help on left side of IF, have checked in on Hanley. Team has Correa coming at SS; Moran, Ruiz at 3B. So...
Houston Chronicle "It's an early November evening, and Mark Appel is shagging fly balls in left field during the tail end of batting practice at Salt River Fields. An Arizona Fall League media relations member approaches Appel and inquires whether the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft is available for an..." November 10
#Astros release 1B Bobby Borchering and RHP Matt Heidenreich, two prospect acquisitions from 2012 trades of Chris Johnson and Brett Myers.
Hardball Talk "Once upon a time Hank Conger was viewed as the Angels’ long-term answer behind the plate, but the 2006 first-round draft pick never emerged as more than a backup for manager Mike Scioscia and now they’ve traded him to the Astros. Chris Iannetta‘s presence as a full-time catcher allows the..." November 05
Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05
Houston Chronicle "Tal’s Hill will be reimagined this offseason. No earth will be moved, but it’s possible this season could be the last for the unique center field design the Astros have at their home ballpark. Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan said the team has hired MSA Architects, a Cincinnati..." October 28
Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23
Houston Chronicle "The Astros and Nationals received an encouraging vote on funding for a new spring training facility in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area, but are now on the clock to find a site to build a new complex for the two teams. The Palm Beach County Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve $108 million in..." October 22
Astros hire Dave Hudgens as hitting coach, Gary Pettis as 3B coach and OF/baserunning coach & Rich Dauer as 1B coach and infield instructor.
MLB.com "Astros hitting coach John Mallee has accepted the position as the Cubs’ Major League hitting coach. Mallee just finished his second season with the Astros and helped Jose Altuve win the American League batting title while the club made offensive strides as a whole. Mallee could have returned..." October 09
Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01
New York Daily News "For a moment, Citi Field was loud. For four years there have been promises about meaningful games in September and talk about the young kids that were going to get the Mets there. On Sunday, the 8-3 win over the Astros was largely meaningless, but there was a moment as the crowd of 34, 897 rose to..." September 29
#Astros update: Jose Altuve is in the starting lineup for today's game at second base.
New York Post "Jacob deGrom was skipped in what was to be his final start of the season, but fellow rookie Rafael Montero did a decent impersonation in his place. Montero, taking the mound instead of the National League Rookie of the Year front-runner, allowed just one run over 5¹/₃ innings and struck out..." September 28
Houston Chronicle "Seventy is sweet, and wasn’t promised six months ago. The Astros recorded win No. 70 in their third-to-last try Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Mets. It’s not all that different a number from 69, really. Had the ‘Stros stayed at 69 wins to end the year — they had a three-game losing..." September 27
Dallas Morning News "The Rangers staged their second “Rookie Dress Up Night” of the season Wednesday. The first time, they were all stuffed into silly costumes for a road trip. On Wednesday, they all wore Rangers uniforms. With seven rookies in the starting lineup and another who came on to pitch in relief, the..." September 25
SB Nation "Jose Altuve's value is inexorably tied to his batting average. Batting average is one of the more overrated traditional baseball stats. It would logically follow, then, that Jose Altuve is overrated. How dare you. No, Altuve is one of the best things going in baseball. He's also rated..." September 23
Astros ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel says pitching coach Brent Strom told him he'll be shut down the rest of the year.
Seattle Times "Mike Zunino had a job to do, and he was going to do it properly. With runners on first and second — thanks to two errors on routine plays by the Houston infield — and no outs, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon asked his slugging catcher to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into..." September 20
Cleveland Plain Dealer "A night after Corey Kluber set a career high with 14 strikeouts, Carlos Carrasco decided to see if he could do the same. Carrasco struck out a career-high 12 batters and threw a two-hitter Wednesday night in the Indians' 2-0 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. If it wasn't for Jose..." September 18
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The stopper arrived Tuesday night for the Indians. That would be Corey Kluber. The K stands for strikeout. Kluber not only stopped a four-game losing streak, but he struck out a career-high 14 batters as the Indians beat Houston, 4-2, at Minute Maid Park. It was the fourth time Kluber (16-9,..." September 17
CBSSports.com "Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is only 24 years old and he's already a two-time All-Star. And he's already a record-holder in the Astros' franchise history, because Tuesday night he picked up hits 210 and 211 on the season, the latter breaking Craig Biggio's club record." September 17
Peacock dealing with lower back tightness. So he's out of rotation for now Astros going back to five man and will reinsert him when/if ready
Houston Chronicle "Closer Chad Qualls (right hip) said he was feeling better Saturday but wasn’t sure in the early afternoon, before throwing if, he was quite ready to return. George Springer (left quad) is continuing to do his work, interim manager Tom Lawless said. Springer’s window for a return is naturally..." September 14
L.A. Daily News "Angels starter Jered Weaver retired Houston Astros leadoff hitter Robbie Grossman on a grounder to start Saturday night’s game at Angel Stadium. He struck out Jose Altuve and then Chris Carter to end a very impressive first inning. Thirteen pitches, thirteen strikes. Weaver then got a..." September 14