The Player's Tribune "Yesterday, I had Tommy John surgery to fix my left arm. I’m obviously extremely disappointed. I wanted to let my pitching speak for itself, but now there are going to be new distractions. For that reason, I wanted to be the one to tell people what’s happened and make this a fresh start. Since..." March 26
#Astros reassign Mark Appel, Andrew Aplin, option Dan Straily to minor league camp, GM Jeff Luhnow announced this morning.
Evan Gattis to take live BP today. Could ramp up quickly after that if it goes well
Brett Oberholtzer will throw in bullpen today. Says he'll pitch in game Wednesday. He's feeling good.
Evan Gattis took about 15-20 swings off tee and said he didn't feel pain. Went for MRI yesterday which he said showed no structural damage
Astros announce Dallas Keuchel as Opening Day starter.
Houston Chronicle "Slugger Evan Gattis, who was scratched Sunday with right wrist discomfort, has still not been cleared to swing a bat. “He’s seen the doctor and we’re going to keep evaluating him day to day,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He seems to be progressing nicely. We’re going to ramp up his..." March 17
Evan Gattis scratched from lineup today with right wrist discomfort.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said LHP Brett Oberholtzer has mild lat soreness
The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14
CBSSports.com "Veteran right-hander Ryan Vogelsong's apparent deal with the Astros fell through after the team tried to lower its deal with him following his medical examination in Houston, sources familiar with the situation say. Vogelsong hasn't said specifically to this point what scuttled the original..." March 07
Houston Chronicle "Even though slugger Evan Gattis participated in the catchers’ meeting on Saturday, the catcher-outfielder will work primarily in left field this spring with the Astros. Gattis spent most of his first two seasons in the majors with the Braves behind the plate, catching in 136 of his 213 games...." March 01
Houston Chronicle "Pitcher Brady Aiken, the Astros’ No. 1 pick in last year’s draft, has enrolled at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to help prepare for the 2015 draft. A lefthander from Cathedral Catholic H.S. in San Diego, Aiken didn’t sign with the Astros last year because of issues with his ulnar collateral..." February 26
Hinch says Villar might play some second and third base to help him in utility competition.
Astros have signed right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
MLB.com "Evan Gattis talks about his life struggles candidly, which is clearly a signal they're behind him and that he is more eager about what the future holds. The future now lies with the Astros, who traded for the former Braves slugger last month with hopes he'd post career numbers at Minute Maid..." February 04
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Astros great Jeff Bagwell, who is the franchise leader in home runs, has accepted new manager A.J. Hinch's invitation to serve as a guest instructor in spring training, according to the Houston Chronicle. Bagwell officially accepted the invite when he spoke with president Reid Ryan on..." January 27
astros are among teams looking at free-agent starter kevin correia. houston seeks back-end SP.
#Astros discussed Kyle Kendrick as back-end starter option before failed pursuit of Vogelsong. Not sure if they'll revisit.
Houston Chronicle "The Astros’ word of the day is “comfortable.” A pitcher who nearly signed with the Astros gave head-scratching answers Friday when asked why he went back to his old team instead of coming to Houston, where he visited for a physical and meetings with the staff this week. Ryan Vogelsong, a..." January 25
Marwin Gonzalez settles at $1.0625M with astros
Houston Chronicle "It’ll be breezy at Minute Maid Park. The strikeouts are coming. Colby Rasmus’ signing on Tuesday added a productive but whiff-heavy bat to a lineup already stocked with big swings and — misses. “We probably will have a few strikeouts because of the types of players that we have, but the..." January 21
Houston Chronicle "A day after trading away one center fielder, the Astros are close to deal with another. Colby Rasmus was in Houston and close to finalizing a deal with the Astros, a person familiar with the talks told the Chronicle. FOX Sports reported the deal would be worth more than $4 million when finished..." January 20
Free agent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is n Houston.He told FOX26 Sports he's not ready to comment at this point on his situation with the Astros
Sporting News "The Astros continued their busy offseason Tuesday by closing in on deals with two free agents, outfielder Colby Rasmus and right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. Houston signed Rasmus, the best remaining outfielder in free agency, to a one-year deal, according to FOX Sports. "I've..." January 20
Source said the Vogelsong deal would be for one year, if it gets done. That’s what you’d expect too — it’s that time of year, Scherzer aside
#Astros and Ryan Vogelsong are hopeful for a deal and working through some final steps, says a BB source.
Source: #Astros talking to Rasmus. Reports earlier today said he was in Houston.
#Astros officially acquire IF Luis Valbuena and RHP Dan Straily from the Cubs in exchange for OF Dexter Fowler.
Breaking news -Cubs close to completing trade for Houston CF Dexter Fowler .
ESPN Chicago "The Houston Astros have traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-handed pitcher Dan Straily. The Cubs announced the move on Monday. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros, who acquired..." January 19
Hardball Talk "After acquiring Evan Gattis from the Braves last week and swapping Dexter Fowler to the Cubs today for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily, the Astros might have another move up their sleeve soon. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are in “serious discussions” with free agent..." January 19
Hardball Talk "Potentially adding to what has already been a busy offseason, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are targeting free agent starter Ryan Vogelsong. Earlier in the offseason Vogelsong made it clear that he wanted to re-sign with the Giants, but San Francisco hasn’t..." January 18
MLB.com "Are the Astros poised to have their first winning season in nearly a decade? General manager Jeff Luhnow thinks so. Appearing on MLB Network's High Heat on Friday afternoon, Luhnow told host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo that he believes the days of losing records in Houston are over: "The Astros,..." January 18
Sporting News "Minor league outfielder Terrell Joyce and major league reliever Kameron Loe have both been suspended 50 games for positive drug tests, MLB announced on Thursday. Both players are currently free agents. Their suspensions would begin if and when they sign with new teams." January 16
#Astros already have discussed Castro/Corporan and Fowler in trades. Marisnick or Springer could play center, with Gattis mostly in LF.
The Astros have agreed to terms with Chris Carter and Carlos Corporan on one-year contracts for the 2015 season.
ESPN.com "The Houston Astros have acquired slugger Evan Gattis in a trade with the Atlanta Braves. The rebuilding Braves received three minor league prospects -- right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman -- in the trade, which also sent right-handed minor..." January 15
Houston Chronicle "As expected, Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Hank Conger, Carlos Corporan, Dexter Fowler, Tony Sipp and Marwin Gonzalez filed for salary arbitration by Tuesday’s deadline." January 14
Astros are planning to have 7 dates to honor Craig Biggio throughout the season, in honor of his number and reaching the HOF.
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
#Astros Gregorio Petit cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA.
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 21
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