#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
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