Astros Rumors & News

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • Report: Athletics acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros

    Baseball Essential "The Oakland Athletics have acquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros, according to Jane Lee of Other pieces in this deal are not yet known. This is a reunion for Lowrie, as he previously played for the Athletics back in 2013 and 2014, where he hit a combined .271 with 21 home runs..." November 25

  • Astros lack heat, which puts heat on Gregerson

    Houston Chronicle "Cool Hand Luke didn’t waver. If the Astros do acquire a reliever who becomes their closer — someone who becomes clearly their best high-leverage, typical ninth-inning option — it’s not because Luke Gregerson was a problem for them. Signed last year to a three-year deal, the righthanded..." November 24

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    David Price @DAVIDprice14

    I can always tell the big rumor days...tons of mentions when I haven't even said anything!! I love you all BUT I'm going to play in Japan

  • Keuchel: 'I've made pitches to Price' to join Astros

    The Score "Dallas Keuchel wants to bring a championship to Houston, and he's campaigning for the Astros to break the bank and sign one of the top pitchers available on the free-agent market this fall to make that goal a reality. Keuchel, who earned his first Cy Young Award with a brilliant 2015 campaign,..." November 23

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • Could the Orioles bring back Hoes?

    Masn "I wrote last month that the Orioles would have interest in bringing back outfielder L.J. Hoes if the Astros made him available. Well, the Astros designated Hoes for assignment on Friday to clear a spot on their 40-man roster. To update my earlier post, the Orioles still have interest in Hoes..." November 22

  • Astros’ Dallas Keuchel heads for payday, long-term talks after Cy Young

    Houston Chronicle "It’s hard to imagine flying higher than Dallas Keuchel will be this winter, and he already took a trip in the cockpit of a stunt jet this winter. Not only has the 27-year-old Astros ace won the American League Cy Young, he’s about to receive his first seven-figure salary because he’s..." November 22

  • Teams are saying the Astros are “hell-bent to get a closer”

    Hardball Talk "Luke Gregerson did a fine job in the closer role for the Astros this past season, posting a 3.10 ERA and 59/10 K/BB ratio over 61 innings while going 31-for-37 in save opportunities. He’s still under contract for two more seasons, but the Astros are apparently making it priority No. 1 to upgrade..." November 21

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • Roger Clemens: I Would Want Red Sox Hat On Hall Of Fame Plaque If Inducted

    NESN "Roger Clemens donned many baseball caps during his career. But which one would he want to wear on his plaque if he gets inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame? “It would obviously be a Boston (Red Sox) hat,” Clemens said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” on Thursday. “That’s where I..." November 20

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #Astros, #Marlins among teams to check in on Giles, sources say. #Phillies also could wait until July or next off-season to move him.

  • Brewers Acquire Jonathan Villar From Astros

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers announced that they’ve acquired shortstop Jonathan Villar from the Astros in exchange for minor league right-hander Cy Sneed." November 19

  • Braves, Astros Reportedly Discussed Blockbuster Trade Involving Freeman

    Yahoo! Sports "Complete rebuilds, by their very nature, are ugly little messes that go against the whole point of sports, which is to win. It’s why even after the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs showed just how effective a to-the-studs teardown can be, a certain cognitive dissonance among fans still exists...." November 19

  • Astros ace Dallas Keuchel wins AL Cy Young award

    Yahoo! Sports "Dallas Keuchel arrived this season. In 2015, he proved his breakout season from a year earlier wasn't a fluke. He became the legitimate ace of the Houston Astros, winning 20 games, leading the AL in innings pitched and guiding his team to the postseason. For all that, Keuchel earned on..." November 18

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • Astros’ assistant hitting coach Alan Zinter leaves for Padres

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros need a new assistant hitting coach. Alan Zinter, who spent one year with the team working under Dave Hudgens, is headed to the Padres, who have hired them to be their lead hitting coach. “You get into coaching, you want to be able to work your way to the top,” said Zinter, 47. “Hudge..." November 17

  • 5 teams that could trade for Aroldis Chapman "If the Reds wanted to add a touch of theatrics to this thing, they'd set up shop in the lobby of the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., next month and ask teams hoping to trade for closer Aroldis Chapman to take a number. The Astros certainly would be there to grab one. The Tigers probably..." November 17

  • Astros' Carlos Correa named 2015 AL Rookie of the Year

    CBS Sports "On Monday, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was named the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year. He beat out Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Twins DH Miguel Sano. Correa was with his family in Puerto Rico when it was announced he won the Rookie of the Year award live on MLB Network...." November 17

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    Houston Astros @astros

    Congrats #Astros SS @TeamCJCorrea, the 2015 @officialBBWAA AL Rookie of the Year! #Represent #CorreaROY

  • Deadline day: 3 of 20 free agents accept $15.8 million qualifying offer

    Hardball Talk "This year a record 20 free agents received a qualifying offer valued at $15.8 million for one season and 16 of them declined it, hitting the open market. Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, and Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson accepted the one-year, $15.8 million..." November 14

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • Top hitters honored with Silver Slugger Awards "The best hitters in the American League and the National League were commemorated for their 2015 campaigns on Thursday, as the Silver Slugger Awards were announced during an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Awards, presented by Louisville Slugger, are handed out annually to..." November 13

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Reasonable to assume that #Astros again want Chapman or Kimbrel. SD hard to predict, but likely willing to move Kimbrel for big return.

  • Colby Rasmus to accept qualifying offer from Astros

    Hardball Talk "Historic news from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, who hears that Colby Rasmus will accept his qualifying offer from the Astros and return on a one-year, $15.8 million contract. Rasmus becomes the first player to accept a qualifying offer. As Rosenthal notes, all 34 players who were extended..." November 12

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

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    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich

    Carlos Correa a finalist for BBWAA AL Rookie of Year award with Lindor and Sano.

  • Report: Cubs, Orioles, Astros showing early interest in Alex Gordon

    The Score "Alex Gordon is the best defensive outfielder on the free-agent market, and three teams are indicating early interest in the four-time Gold Glover. The Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and Houston Astros are all vying for Gordon's services, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Gordon has been..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • Donaldson takes top prize from peers at Players Choice Awards

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson continues to collect the accolades coming off the best season of his five-year career. After being named the American League Hank Aaron Award winner last month, Donaldson was named the 2015 Player of the Year at the Players Choice Awards on Monday..." November 10

  • MLB hopes to have Cardinals-Astros hacking issue settled before next season

    Houston Chronicle "Finally, this scandal could go offline. If all goes according to plan from MLB’s perspective, the Cardinals-Astros hacking drama will not bleed into next season. “I’m hopeful that that situation will be taken care of during the offseason,” commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday in Florida...." November 09

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

  • Astros extend qualifying offer to Colby Rasmus

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros extended veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus a qualifying offer of $15.9 million for one year. By making the qualifying offer, the Astros would get compensation (a draft pick) if Rasmus decides to sign elsewhere. Rasmus, who hit a career-high 25 home runs in the regular season after..." November 06

  • Lance Berkman Believes Tolerance Is ‘Killing This Country’

    Uproxx "Lance Berkman used to play baseball for the Houston Astros. You’ve probably heard of him. He was quite good at what he did. In fact, for awhile there in the early to mid-2000s, he was among the best in Major League Baseball. But this post isn’t about Lance Berkman, the formerly wildly talented..." November 05

  • Houston Astros named top farm system by

    CBS Sports "After averaging 104 losses over the past four seasons, the Houston Astros made a meteoric rise to World Series contender in 2015, winning 86 games during the regular season and coming within one game of the ALCS. No less important to the future of the franchise, if not more so, the minor leagues..." November 05

  • MLB free agents 2015: Predicting top targets for each American League team

    Sporting News "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the end of one major league season sparks the life of the next. Baseball, like any sport, is predicated on its players. Each team comes with a rabid fan base anxiously awaiting what moves will be made during the offseason. This year, there are plenty of..." November 04

  • Astros decline 2016 option on Chad Qualls

    Hardball Talk "Houston has declined its $3.5 million option on Chad Qualls for 2016, buying out the veteran right-hander for $250,000. Qualls was effective in his second go-around with the Astros, posting a 3.84 ERA and 89/14 K/BB ratio in 101 innings during the past two seasons, but he struggled down the..." November 03

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • MLB free agent class highlighted by David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann

    SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends DraftKings partnership, says fantasy sports ‘not gambling’

    New York Daily News "Rob Manfred isn't a participant in daily fantasy leagues, but Major League Baseball's commissioner reiterated his support for the industry and the league's partnership with DraftKings. "I really don't have regrets about our involvement with fantasy," Manfred said. "I think that fantasy is an..." October 27

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants MLB to hire more minority managers

    SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants the league to hire more minority managers and coaches, the Associated Press reports. “We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,” Manfred said “I think it’s incumbent upon us to come up..." October 27

  • Sporting News MLB awards 2015: Astros' Carlos Correa voted AL Rookie of the Year

    Sporting News "Carlos Correa was a rookie in 2015. No, really. If you watched the Astros shortstop much this season, though, you might not believe he was a rookie who didn’t turn 21 until late September. “His poise, his calmness has been the thing that's kind of impressed us all,” teammate George..." October 26

  • What would Jackie Robinson say about lack of minority managers in MLB?

    Sporting News "One. Forty-three years after Jackie Robinson made what would be his last public appearance at Riverfront Stadium during the 1972 World Series, there is just one manager Latino or African-American or manager in MLB: Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. Is this..." October 26

  • MLB considering disciplining playoff teams over on-field champagne celebrations

    Sporting News "MLB has message to teams that carry their postseason champagne celebrations onto the field to spray fans: Put a cork in it. According to ESPN, there could even be disciplinary action involved. First, there's the image of players, manager and coaches consuming alcohol on the field (never mind..." October 22

  • Nationals and Astros expect to begin construction on new spring training facility in ‘next two weeks’

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros found the site they wanted for their new spring training home, drew up plans for how they’d use it, and made sure it passed inspections. They helped negotiate a deal between the City of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County to get the land under the..." October 21