Houston Astros Wiretap

Astros Could Be Dark Horse For Hamels

Dec 16, 2014 7:25 AM

The sleeper team in trade talks with the Philadelphia Phillies for Cole Hamels could be the Houston Astros.

The Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers are all interested in the left-hander.

Hamels has as many as five years and $110 million left on his contract.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

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

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Astros Reach $23M Agreement With Lowrie

Dec 15, 2014 4:55 PM

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

Lowrie, 30, is a .261 hitter over seven Major League seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics.

He is expected to play shortstop for the Astros.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Bolster Bullpen With Gregerson, Neshek

Dec 10, 2014 11:03 AM

The Houston Astros are working hard to fortify their bullpen this offseason.

Houston has agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million deal with Luke Gregerson and will also sign Pat Neshek, according to sources.

Gregerson is expected to become the team's closer with Neshek working in the back of the bullpen.

ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Giants Unlikely To Offer Headley Fourth Year

Dec 9, 2014 12:18 PM

There is a lot of interest in Chase Headley, but the San Francisco Giants aren't willing to offer him a four-year deal.

Headley reportedly has a four-year, $65 million deal on the table, but it remains to be seen which team made the offer.

The New York Yankees would like to re-sign Headley, while the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros have been linked to him as well.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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If They Can't Sign Robertson, Astros Looking At Romo

Dec 2, 2014 8:09 AM

The Houston Astros could use Sergio Romo as a backup plan if they aren't able to sign David Robertson, according to a report.

Despite being removed as closer by the San Francisco Giants, Romo bounced back and pitched fairly well down the stretch.

 

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Executive: Robertson Has $39M Offer On Table

Dec 1, 2014 9:38 AM

David Robertson has a three-year, $39 million offer on the table, according to a rival executive.

The New York Yankees hope to re-sign the closer, but they don't want to go to four years and Robertson may be waiting for such an offer.

The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays are two clubs that are in need of a closer this offseason.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Donaldson, Carter, Herrera Have Super 2 Status

Nov 12, 2014 4:29 PM

Josh Donaldson, Chris Carter and Kelvin Herrera have all achieved Super 2 status.

The trio are among 26 players with less than three years of Major League service who have qualified for salary arbitration.

Jenrry Mejia, David Phelps, Dee Gordon and Garrett Richards also are among the so-called Super 2s.

ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Looking At $20M Increase In Payroll

Nov 11, 2014 4:32 PM

The Houston Astros are still in line for a $20 million payroll increase for the 2015 season.

Astros owner 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

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Trade Tropeano, Prospect To Angels For Conger

Nov 5, 2014 4:56 PM

The Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Angels, according to an ESPN.com report.

The Angels got right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday.

ESPN.com

Tags: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Palm Beach County Approves $108M Funding For Astros-Nationals Complex

Oct 22, 2014 3:51 PM

Palm Beach County has approved $108 million in public funding for a two-team, $135 million complex for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.

However, there is currently no site for the project.

The vote doesn't mean a complex will definitely be built. The teams must now find a site somewhere in Palm Beach County, which also houses a facility shared by the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins in Jupiter.

"The Board of Commissioners took a major step today toward keeping the tradition of major league baseball's spring training in Palm Beach County and on the east coast of Florida," the Nationals and Astros said in a joint written statement.

"The teams will now work to find a location here in Palm Beach County that will serve our needs, those of the youth sports commission and area tourism for decades to come. We will continue our efforts to accomplish that goal."

James Wagner/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros

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Hillman To Become Astros Bench Coach
Trey Hillman is close to being announced as the bench coach of the Astros under new manager A.J. Hinch, according to a source.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Astros Payroll Could Increase By $20M
The Astros began the 2014 season with a $50 million payroll.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Astros Hire A.J. Hinch As Manager
The Astros have hired A.J. Hinch as their new manager, according to multiple reports.

ESPN

Jose Altuve Wins AL Batting Title
Astros' second baseman Jose Altuve ended the season with a .341 batting average.

ESPN.com

Astros Tight-Lipped On Managerial Search
Despite being very vocal about their front office operations in recent years, the Astros have been tight-lipped about their managerial search.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Altuve Passes Biggio With Club-Record 211th Hit
Jose Altuve, hitting .343, could become the first member of the Astros to win a batting title.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Altuve Approaching Houston's Hit Record
Jose Altuve notched his 200th hit of the season on Wednesday night, making him just the second player in Astros history to achieve the milestone.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Astros Owner Confirms Friction Between Luhnow, Porter
The Astros fired Bo Porter on Monday.

Jerome Solomon/Houston Chronicle

Astros Fire Bo Porter
The manager was reportedly at odds with Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow.

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Jared Cosart Aims To Make Astros Regret Trade
After shutting out the Braves over seven innings on Saturday, Jarred Cosart took a shot at the Astros, who traded him to the Marlins in July.

Craig Davis/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Tension Building Between Luhnow, Porter In Houston
Bo Porter is believed to have expressed his frustration with Jeff Luhnow to owner Jim Crane in a conversation earlier this month.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Astros 'Highly Unlikely' To Be Able To Sign Aiken
The Astros are "highly unlikely" to be able to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken after the July 18 deadline, according to a source.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Selig Doesn't Deny Astros Can Still Sign Aiken
The two sides weren't able to reach a deal before the July 18th deadline.

10 News/San Diego

Astros Could Still Reach Deal With Brady Aiken
"The expectation from those close to the negotiations" is that the two sides will reach an agreement around the time of Jacob Nix's grievance hearing.

Mark Berman/FOX Sports 26

Nix Focus Of Draft Grievance Against Astros
The grievance filed against the Astros after two high draft picks went unsigned last month was filed on behalf of fifth-round pick Jacob Nix, not No. 1 pick Brady Aiken, according to a pair of sources

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Marlins Acquire Jarred Cosart From Astros
Houston gets top prospect Colin Moran as well as a compensation pick in next June's First-Year Player Draft.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Astros Fielding Calls For Cosart, Not Shopping Keuchel
Jarred Cosart, 24, has a 4.41 ERA in 116.1 innings this season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Astros Offering Feldman, But Contract Is A Hurdle
Scott Feldman signed three-year, $30 million last offseason.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Astros Reluctant To Trade Dallas Keuchel
Jeff Luhnow said this week that the Astros are open to trading a starting pitcher, because "you could make an argument that we could give one up and still be fine."

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

MLB Trade Deadline Resources
The deadline, which is 4:00 PM EST on Thursday, could come and go without fireworks -- or it could include big names like Jon Lester, David Price and John Lackey.

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