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Craig Kimbrel Linked To Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals, Yankees

Jul 28, 2015 7:07 AM

The Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals and New York Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in trading for San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.

Houston, however, is concerned with the financial commitment that Kimbrel carries. He is owed a total of $24 million over the next two seasons.

The Yankees may have faded from the picture a bit as they remain hesitant to deal any of their top prospects.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros Reportedly Making 'Big Push' For Cole Hamels

Jul 27, 2015 9:08 PM

Despite acquiring Scott Kazmir last week, the Houston Astros are still pursuing Cole Hamels in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Astros are making a "big push" for Hamels, sources told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Houston is one of the teams on Hamels' no-trade list, so the left-hander could prevent a move.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Indians, Rangers Have Inquired About Carlos Gomez

Jul 27, 2015 4:10 PM

The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers are among the teams that have inquired with the Milwaukee Brewers about Carlos Gomez, according to Major League sources.

The Indians (23rd) and Rangers (28th) both rank near the bottom of baseball in OPS from the center-field position.

The San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros are also interested in Gomez, but the Giants may not have the prospects to make a deal and the Astros are focused on bullpen help, according to sources.

Gomez, 29, is owed $8 million this season and will make $9 million in 2016.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals Have Interest In Kimbrel

Jul 27, 2015 3:40 PM

The San Diego Padres have gotten calls from the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals about reliever Craig Kimbrel.

The Astros, however, are concerned with the money Kimbrel is owed going forward.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Biggio, Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz Join Hall Of Fame

Jul 26, 2015 5:01 PM

Craig Biggio has been added to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The multitalented native of Smithtown, New York, on Long Island, was enshrined on Sunday, becoming the first Astro to make the Hall of Fame.

He is being honored along with Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz as the Hall of Fame's 2015 class.


Tags: Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Astros Discussed Samardzija With White Sox Before Kazmir Deal

Jul 24, 2015 7:00 AM

The Houston Astros engaged in trade talks with the Chicago White Sox about Jeff Samardzija before dealing for Scott Kazmir on Thursday, according to sources.

Houston ultimately opted to make the deal for Kazmir because they were more comfortable with the Oakland Athletics' asking price.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros Acquire Kazmir From Athletics For Prospects

Jul 23, 2015 2:19 PM

The Houston Astros have acquired Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jacob Nottingham and Daniel Mengden.

Kazmir, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, was supposed to start for the Athletics on Thursday.

"Scott Kazmir is one of the best pitchers in the American League and strengthens our rotation," Jeff Luhnow said in a release. "His addition gives the Astros a better chance of reaching and succeeding in the postseason. It has been a while since the Astros have been relevant late in the summer and winning now is a priority."

Nottingham, 20 is a catcher. He was a sixth-round pick by the Astros out of Redlands, Cal., High School in the 2013 MLB first-year player draft. In 168 professional games, he's a .280 hitter with an .816 OPS.

Mengden, a 22 right-hander, was drafted in the fourth round by Houston out of Texas A&M in 2014. He has 101 strikeouts in 99 1/3 professional innings pitched.


Tags: Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Astros Determined Not To Trade Prospect Brett Phillips

Jul 23, 2015 7:35 AM

The Houston Astros are reportedly looking to add a starter before next week's non-waiver trade deadline, but there is one piece they are unlikely to move in the process.

Houston has a deep farm system, but seems determined not to move outfield prospect Brett Phillips.

One team source called Phillips "an absolute stud." He is a former sixth-round pick.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros Have Discussed Acquiring Cashner, Ross From Padres

Jul 22, 2015 6:53 AM

The Houston Astros and San Diego Padres have had at the very least preliminary trade discussions regarding Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross, according to a report.

The Astros continue to evaluate a number of options -- including Cole Hamels -- and nothing is imminent with the Padres.

Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday that Houston is prepared to deal from among its best prospects "if that's what is required and that was our best option to improve this team."

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Royals, Astros Have Las Vegas Concerned

Jul 17, 2015 6:51 AM

Las Vegas sports books are worried about the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros as the Major League Baseball season winds down.

The Royals are the consensus World Series favorites in Vegas. They are listed at 4-1 at the MGM sportsbook and have been attracting some significant wagers since early in the season.

"We took some pretty heavy action on the Royals the first weekend of the season," MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood said. "A gentleman bet them three times, at 18-1, 15-1 and 10-1, all the way down, between $25,000 and $30,000 a pop."

The Astros, after opening at 100-1, are down to 8-1 at MGM.

"We're on the hook for a seven-figure risk at 100-1 [on the Astros]," Rood said.

David Purdum/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Union Monitoring Whether Cardinals Hacking Affected Player Market
As the federal investigation into the Cardinals continues for hacking into the computer database of the Astros, the player's union has an interest to learn whether any information obtained may have a

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Cueto Believed To Be Houston's Top Target
The Astros could look to add before the non-waiver trade deadline and Johnny Cueto of the Reds appears to be their top target, according to people familiar with their thinking.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Greinke, Keuchel To Start All-Star Game
Zack Greinke is 8-2 with a 1.39 ERA and Dallas Keuchel is making his first All-Star Game appearance.


Astros Pleased With Draft Haul After Issues In 2014
The Astros have signed all their top picks after an impressive 2015 amateur draft, a welcome development after a disappointing run last year.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Astros Looking For Hard-Throwing Bullpen Arm
The Astros have one of the better bullpens in baseball, but Jeff Luhnow says he's still on the lookout for additions.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Big Papi Gets Rare Start At First Base
David Ortiz is replacing a struggling Mike Napoli at first base.


Astros, Blue Jays Are Front-Runners For Samardzija
The White Sox have disappointed this season and Jeff Samardzija is expected to be discussed in trades this summer.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Astros, Daz Cameron Agree To $4M Bonus
The Astros have agreed to a deal with No. 37 overall pick Daz Cameron that will include a $4 million signing bonus.

Jim Callis/MLB

Astros Haven't Received Subpoena As Part Of Federal Investigation
The Astros say they did not receive a subpoena as part of the government's investigation into the hacking of their private database and computer systems.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Astros Nearing Agreement With Daz Cameron
The Astros are getting closer to finalizing contract agreements with No. 2 pick Alex Bregman and No. 37 pick Daz Cameron.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Report: Hamels Blocked Trade To Astros
Cole Hamels has blocked a potential trade to the Astros, according to a report by KHOU-TV.

Joey Nowak/MLB

FBI Struggling To Pinpoint Who Hacked In Astros' System
FBI agents are struggling to pinpoint exactly who within the Cardinals organization repeatedly hacked into the Astros' closely guarded baseball intelligence network.

Michael S. Schmidt/New York Times

Mark Appel Near Promotion To Triple-A
The Astros are close to promoting Mark Appel to Triple-A Fresno and may do so before his next start, according to sources.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Carlos Correa Is Second-Youngest Player In 100 Years With Three Steals
Carlos Correa stole three bases against the Rockies on Thursday afternoon, becoming the second-youngest player (behind Rickey Henderson) to do so in the last 100 seasons.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Report: Cardinals Hacked Astros As Early As 2012
The initial New York Times report indicated that the Cardinals first hacked the Astros player database in 2013.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Cardinals Chairman: 'Rogue' Behavior To Be Punished
Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. blamed "roguish behavior" for the team's involvement in the alleged hacking of the Astros' player personnel database.


Luhnow: Passwords Weren't Old, Says He Took Nothing From Cardinals
Jeff Luhnow has spoken out about the report that the Cardinals hacked into the front office database of the Astros.

Ben Reiter/SI

Cardinals: Anyone Involved In Hacking Will Be 'Held Accountable'
Cardinals chairman and CEO William O. Dewitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak have issued statements on the hacking scandal that came to light on Tuesday.

Chris Cwik/Yahoo! Sports

Report: FBI Focusing On 4-5 Cardinals Employees In Hacking Scandal
The FBI investigation of the Cardinals for allegedly hacking into the database of the Astros is expected to end soon, according to people familiar with the situation.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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