Astros Rumors & News

  • Bautista, Encarnacion may be done with Blue Jays, here's where they could land

    CBS Sports "Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, the 2016 Blue Jays season came to an unceremonious end with a loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS (CLE 3, TOR 0). Toronto is the first team to lose the ALCS in back-to-back years since the Mariners in 2000 and 2001. "This group's come a..." October 20

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Manfred: MLB Nearing Completion Of Investigation Into Cardinals-Astros Hacking Case

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says that the league is nearing the end of its investigation into the improper accessing of the Astros’ computer systems by at least one Cardinals employee, as the Associated Press reports (via USA Today). “We are in the process of finishing up our investigation,”..." October 06

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Astros minor leaguer tweets sexist comment about ESPN broadcaster

    Houston Chronicle "Amid the National League's wild card game between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets, Astros farmhand Brooks Marlow decided the time was right to criticize ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza. Marlow, 23, tweeted that "no lady" should be on ESPN commenting on a baseball game, "specially..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Altuve serenaded by Astros after win over Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Despite a frustrating season that ended short of expectations, champagne flowed in the Houston Astros' clubhouse Saturday night. Jose Altuve practically ensured his second American League batting championship in three seasons by going 2-for-4 in a 3-0 win over the Los..." October 02

  • Altuve finishes strong, but Trout, Angels rout Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Houston Astros have a batting champion. Will the Los Angeles Angels have the American League's most valuable player? Jose Altuve secured his second batting championship in three seasons in the Astros' 8-1 loss to the Angels on Sunday in front of 28,063 at Angel..." October 02

  • Bregman sparks Astros' win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez endured his fair share of problems in two prior starts against the Houston Astros, yet entering the sixth inning Tuesday night, he found a groove befitting his ace status. Then, he collapsed. Rookie Alex Bregman emerged from a..." September 28

  • Cano belts three-run homer as Mariners jolt Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano struck one last devastating blow in a season full of them at Minute Maid Park and, in the process, snuffed the life out of the Houston Astros' dwindling postseason aspirations. Cano belted his 36th homer in the first inning and the Seattle Mariners kept afloat their..." September 28

  • Curt Schilling's Dead Serious About Political Career, Eyes White House in 2024

    TMZ "President Curt Schilling??? It's possible ... because the ex-MLB superstar tells TMZ Sports he's 100% serious about launching his political career ... starting with a senate run in Massachusetts in the VERY near future. Schilling is a staunch republican and says he's seriously leaning..." September 28

  • Cano homer lifts Mariners past Astros in 11 innings

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano brutalizing the Astros wasn't much of a surprise. That he was presented a chance to do so yet again late Monday night was far more shocking than the result of that opportunity. Cano homered twice, including with two outs in the 11th inning, to..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Big finish propels Angels past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Just when it appeared that Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels had done enough critical damage to the Houston's fading playoff hopes, they mounted another late-inning rally to push the Astros one step closer to elimination. Pujols stroked a game-tying single in..." September 25

  • Astros' Colby Rasmus: Still unavailable

    CBS Sports "Rasmus (undisclosed) remains unavailable Saturday, Brian McTaggart of reports. The situation surrounding Rasmus remains clouded, but he'll be unavailable Saturday, marking his sixth consecutive absence." September 25

  • Giles diagnosed with wrist contusion after BP injury

    CBS Sports "Giles has been diagnosed with a right wrist contusion, Brian McTaggart of reports. In a stroke of bad luck, Giles was hit on the wrist by a line drive in batting practice Saturday as he was going through his normal pregame routine in the outfield. " September 25

  • Musgrove helps Astros keep postseason hope alive

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Injuries and underperforming veterans have forced the Houston Astros to rely on a rotating collection of rookies who have occasionally scuffled under the pressure of a postseason chase. During other moments, the kids have been all right. Rookie right-hander Joe Musgrove worked..." September 25

  • Angels rally in ninth inning to defeat Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- While eight games remain in their regular season and their postseason aspirations are mathematically intact, the devastating, come-from-ahead loss the Astros suffered on Friday night felt like a fatality to their playoff legitimacy. C.J. Cron, whose throwing error in the sixth..." September 24

  • Carlos Correa injured in Astros’ loss to Angels

    Today's Knuckleball "In addition to their game against the visiting Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros lost the services of Carlos Correa as the shortstop exited the 10-6 defeat with an apparent left shoulder injury. Correa was hurt during Los Angeles’ six-run rally in the ninth inning. He attempted a diving..." September 24

  • Giles 'not in good shape' after taking ball off wrist during BP

    Houston Chronicle "Ken Giles was struck on his right wrist by a line drive during early batting practice Saturday, potentially bringing an end to an up-and-down season for the Astros' closer. “It wasn’t good,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “It looked like the ball off of the bat hit him pretty hard, so he was..." September 24

  • Nolasco, Pujols lead Angels past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- It's easy to lose sight of the effectiveness with which Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco has pitched of late, particularly given the lack of stakes facing Los Angeles down the home stretch. On Thursday night, the Houston Astros caught a glimpse. Nolasco continued his recent..." September 23

  • Astros' Alex Bregman runs for the first time since hamstring injury

    Houston Chronicle "Alex Bregman ran for the first time Thursday since suffering a right hamstring strain that remains likely to cost the touted rookie the remainder of his season. The running was very light and occurred on a treadmill, so the step in Bregman's recovery doesn't start a clock or push up any..." September 23

  • Bill Brown retiring as Astros television broadcaster

    Houston Chronicle "Longtime Astros television broadcaster Bill Brown will retire after the 2016 season, the team announced today. Brown joined the Astros in 1987 and served as the team's primary TV voice for the past 30 years. His final scheduled broadcast will be the Astros home finale Sept. 28 against the..." September 22

  • Astros slip past A's in 10 innings

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND -- Houston Astros rookie outfielder Tony Kemp didn't get into the Tuesday game against the Oakland Athletics until the top of the seventh inning. There was still plenty of time left for Kemp to hit two doubles, drive in the game-tying run and score the winning run in the Astros' 2-1,..." September 21

  • Keuchel, McCullers will only return if Astros make playoffs

    The Outside Corner "If the Houston Astros want to make the postseason, they’ll have to do it without top starters Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. At 79-71, Houston sits 3.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles for an AL Wild Card spot. The Astros are 9.5 games back of Texas for the..." September 21

  • Astros pick on A's bullpen, rally for win

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Houston Astros first baseman Marwin Gonzalez was hitless in his past 12 at-bats when he came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning Monday night with no outs and the bases loaded during a tie game against the Oakland A's. Gonzalez grounded right-hander Ryan Madson's..." September 20

  • Astros notch important win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- On a night when Seattle starter James Paxton flirted with a perfect game for five innings, Houston's Mike Fiers was the one feeling perfectly satisfied. Fiers bounced back from his worst outing of the season to throw six scoreless innings, and third baseman Yuli Gurriel delivered..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Astros' Dallas Keuchel still yet to resume playing catch

    Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel has still yet to resume playing catch in his rehabilitation from shoulder inflammation. The Astros' ace lefthander may take that step this week, but only if the team's already slim postseason chances are still alive. "At this point it's kind of in limbo just because of the..." September 17

  • MLB: Investigation into hacking remains 'ongoing'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With the announcement this week that the San Diego Padres’ general manager had been suspended and the franchise fined for withholding medical information about traded players from interested teams, Major League Baseball concluded another of its investigations into the conduct of its member clubs...." September 17

  • Astros' Alex Bregman's season likely over because of hamstring injury

    Houston Chronicle "Alex Bregman's promising rookie season has likely come to a premature end. Diagnosed with a strained right hamstring, Bregman did not accompany the Astros to Seattle and will not join them in Oakland for the second leg of their road trip, either. If this were any month but September, when..." September 17

  • Astros top Rangers to avert series sweep

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Marwin Gonzalez has long provided the Astros exceptional, and often underappreciated, value as a utility performer but on Wednesday night, his contributions both at the plate and in the field were impossible to overlook. After playing three infield positions due to injuries,..." September 15

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Rangers trip Astros on Odor's 12th-inning homer

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Manager A.J. Hinch utilized the best arms in the Houston bullpen to stifle the Texas Rangers' bats while his club's offense clawed back from a modest deficit, but with those options exhausted and the game merely tied, things quickly turned sour for the Astros. Rougned Odor homered..." September 13

  • Rangers score two in ninth, beat Astros 3-2

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Just when it appeared that the Rangers had finally exhausted their fortuitous bounces in this lopsided series against their in-state rivals, good fortunate smiled upon Texas again and subsequently left the Houston Astros staggered and in disbelief. Elvis Andrus delivered a..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Carlos Correa pulled in fourth inning against Cubs after returning to lineup

    Houston Chronicle "Carlos Correa returned to the Astros lineup Sunday night, doing so without thinking twice about limitations after missing four games due to left shoulder inflammation. But his return didn't last very long as Astros manager A.J. Hinch pulled his star shortstop in the fourth inning. The Cubs led..." September 12

  • Astros To Sign Cuban Left-Hander Cionel Perez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have agreed to sign left-handed pitching prospect Cionel Perez for a $5.15MM signing bonus, reports’s Jesse Sanchez (via Twitter). The 20-year-old Perez, a client of Octagon according to Sanchez, was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball just last week after having left..." September 12

  • Cubs shut down Astros behind Lester, Bryant

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Even before Cubs left-hander Jon Lester recorded the biggest and final out of his evening, the Houston Astros had their chances. That none of them failed to materialize into anything substantial spoke more to Lester than the Astros' failings. Lester continued his exceptional..." September 10

  • Keuchel avoids structural damage in throwing arm

    Houston Chronicle "The good news, Dallas Keuchel said before Friday's game, is there's nothing structurally wrong with his throwing shoulder, which has been diagnosed with inflammation, forcing the Astros to shut down their best starter in the middle of a playoff race. The bad news is there's no timetable for his..." September 10

  • Bregman, bullpen deliver win for Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Despite being hamstrung by an injury-ravaged rotation and an overworked bullpen, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch somehow managed to set up his pitching on Saturday to cover four high-leverage innings with his best relievers. Shortstop Alex Bregman hit an opposite-field home run..." September 10

  • Astros GM doesn't regret passing on Bryant in draft

    Chicago Sun-Times "On June 27 in Cincinnati, Kris Bryant – the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft – became the first player in history to hit three home runs and two doubles in a major-league game. And a National League MVP campaign was launched. Two days later, right-hander Mark Appel – the player selected..." September 10

  • Santana, Lindor power Indians past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- It was a certifiably crazy play. How crazy? "Everybody in the ballpark saw what happened except the four (umpires) who made the call," said Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch. A wild two-run, bases-loaded wild pitch keyed a four-run third inning for the Cleveland Indians in..." September 08

  • Blame MLB's faulty replay rules for not saving the Astros and umpire Jim Joyce

    Sporting News "David Cone warned us all about this, and he was right. On Tuesday night, the former pitcher was in the booth for the YES Network, calling the Yankees-Blue Jays game, when Dellin Betances appeared to strike out Edwin Encarnacion in the ninth inning. Umpire Mark Wegner, however, called it a..." September 08

  • Carlos Correa Sent To Houston With Shoulder Inflammation

    Real GM Baseball "The Houston Astros have sent Carlos Correa back home because of inflammation in his left shoulder. The club remains optimistic that Correa will be able to play when they host the Chicago Cubs this weekend. "Carlos is a little beat up, so we sent him to see our doctors," A.J. Hinch said." September 08