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Reds Acquire Dan Johnson From Astros

Mar 26, 2015 5:10 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have acquired Dan Johnson from the Houston Astros for a player to be named or cash.

Johnson played in 15 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs.

He left as a free agent after the season and signed with Houston in December.

Associated Press

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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Biggio: Bagwell Hall Of Fame Worthy

Mar 16, 2015 3:02 PM

A week after Jeff Bagwell arrived in the Astros' spring training camp and said he doesn't expect to get elected to the Hall of Fame, his longtime teammate, newly elected Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, said he disagrees.

"He's a Hall of Famer to me," Biggio said Monday of Bagwell. "I played next to that guy for 14, 15 years. He's a good friend. And you just look at what his numbers were offensively and defensively, the way that he played the game. He's a Hall of Famer to me.

"Just look at it," Biggio said. "As far as first basemen in the Hall of Fame, he's the only guy that has ever done 30 [homers]-30 [steals], not once, but he did it twice. And that's pretty impressive."


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Bagwell Doesn't Expect To Make HOF

Mar 11, 2015 4:40 PM

Jeff Bagwell is happy that former teammate Craig Biggio will enter the Hall of Fame, but he doesn't expect to receive the call.

"I don't expect to get in [to the Hall of Fame]. I'm just glad that Craig got in," Bagwell said. "It's about time, 3,000 hits, man. The only problem with that is I've got to go and watch four guys get into the Hall of Fame, and listen to them all talk in July."

Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame in January in his third year of eligibility after falling two votes short last year.

Bagwell, who retired in 2005, received 55.7 percent of writers' Hall of Fame votes in his fifth attempt, falling shy of the 75 percent threshold required for induction.


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Nine Braves Combine For 10-Inning No-Hitter, And 2-2 Spring Tie

Mar 8, 2015 6:37 PM

Cody Martin and eight Braves pitchers combined for a wild 10-inning no-hitter for Atlanta in a 2-2 tie with a Houston Astros split-squad on Sunday. 

"I've never seen anything like that -- only in spring training" said Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez. "A 10-inning no hitter and a 2-2 tie. Some balls were hit pretty well, but the wind was blowing in."


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Vogelsong Returned To Giants After Astros Decreased Offer

Mar 6, 2015 7:34 AM

Ryan Vogelsong, who had a deal in place with the Houston Astros before re-signing with the San Francisco Giants, had his offer reduced following a physical.

The Astros tried to lower the value of his contract following an examination in Houston, according to sources.

Vogelsong's original agreement with the Astros was reportedly worth the same $4 million he received from the Giants upon his return.

The right-hander said only in interviews at the time he was "uncomfortable" with the Astros situation, which he characterized as "weird."

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Aiken To Pitch At IMG Academy, Be Eligible For Draft

Feb 26, 2015 4:33 PM

Brady Aiken will pitch this spring for the postgraduate team at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, according to a source.

The move will make Aiken, the first overall pick in 2014, eligible for this year's draft.

Aiken will join Jacob Nix, who reported to IMG in early February and has already made several starts for the postgraduate team.

Both Aiken and Nix were selected by the Houston Astros, but did not come to terms with the team by the July 15 signing deadline.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Astros, Nationals Keeping Spring Training Homes In Florida

Feb 12, 2015 6:22 PM

Gov. Rick Scott says the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros will keep their spring training homes in Florida.

Scott said in a statement ithat the two major league clubs "have chosen to stay in Florida for the next 30 years."

Associated Press

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Zito Holds Pitching Session, Astros Attend

Feb 11, 2015 8:40 AM

Barry Zito held a pitching session in Houston on Tuesday in hopes of landing a Major League contract.

The Houston Astros attended Zito's session, according to sources.

Four to five teams have seen Zito throw in all, but it isn't known how many clubs were at Tuesday's audition.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.

First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Astros 'Looking At' Kevin Correia
Houston is looking to add depth to the back of their rotation after missing out on Ryan Vogelsong.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Giants Maintaining Contact With Vogelsong
Ryan Vogelsong has been linked to a number of other clubs, but the Giants have maintained contact with the right-hander.

Chris Haft/MLB

Astros, Rangers Discussing Corporan Trade
The Astros and Rangers are discussing a Carlos Corporan trade after he was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Colby Rasmus Nearing Deal With Astros
Rasmus, 28, is a .246 career hitter with 116 home runs in six big-league seasons with the Cardinals and Blue Jays.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Vogelsong, Astros May Be Close To Deal
Ryan Vogelsong, who has been in talks with the Astros, arrived in Houston on Monday.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Cubs Acquire Dexter Fowler From Astros
The Cubs have acquired Dexter Fowler from the Astros in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-hander Dan Straily.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Astros Have Money To Spend On Starter, Corner Infielder
The Astros have some money to spend as the offseason winds down.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rangers Wanted Gattis, But Price Was Too High
The Braves dealt Evan Gattis to the Astros on Wednesday.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Braves Trade Evan Gattis To Astros
Atlanta will receive three minor league prospects -- right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman -- in the deal.


Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio Elected To Hall Of Fame
Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

RealGM Staff Report

Astros Could Be Dark Horse For Hamels
Cole Hamels has as many as five years and $110 million left on his contract.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Astros Reach $23M Agreement With Lowrie
Jed Lowrie has agreed to a three-year, $23 million contract with the Astros, according to a source.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Astros Bolster Bullpen With Gregerson, Neshek
The Astros are working hard to fortify their bullpen this offseason.


Giants Unlikely To Offer Headley Fourth Year
Chase Headley reportedly has a four-year, $65 million deal on the table, but it remains to be seen which team made the offer.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

If They Can't Sign Robertson, Astros Looking At Romo
Despite being removed as closer by the Giants, Sergio Romo bounced back and pitched fairly well down the stretch.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Executive: Robertson Has $39M Offer On Table
The Yankees hope to re-sign the closer, but they don't want to go to four years and David Robertson may be waiting for such an offer.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Donaldson, Carter, Herrera Have Super 2 Status
The trio are among 26 players with less than three years of Major League service who have qualified for salary arbitration.


Astros Looking At $20M Increase In Payroll
Jim Crane acknowledged in October that roughly $20 million could be added in payroll, which puts Houston at about $70 million.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Astros Trade Tropeano, Prospect To Angels For Conger
The Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Angels.


Palm Beach County Approves $108M Funding For Astros-Nationals Complex
There remains no site for the two-team spring training complex.

James Wagner/Washington Post