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Astros To Sign Cuban Left-Hander Cionel Perez

Sep 12, 2016 3:39 PM

The Houston Astros have agreed to sign Cuban left-handed prospect Cionel Perez for a $5.15 million signing bonus.

Perez, 20, was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball just last week after having left Cuba back in May of 2015.

He qualifies as an international amateur, meaning he is subject to international bonus pools. The Astros are already over their $2.197MM pool allotment, so the signing of Perez will come with a 100 percent luxury tax.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Signing

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Carlos Correa Sent To Houston With Shoulder Inflammation

Sep 8, 2016 5:04 AM

The Houston Astros have sent Carlos Correa back home because of inflammation in his left shoulder.

The club remains optimistic that Correa will be able to play when they host the Chicago Cubs this weekend.

"Carlos is a little beat up, so we sent him to see our doctors," A.J. Hinch said. "He had tests today, so we felt that was the right decision."

Correa experienced soreness in his shoulder in Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians and told Hinch he was uncomfortable upon waking Wednesday.

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Injury

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Astros-Indians Game Disrupted After Midges Swarm Field

Sep 8, 2016 4:55 AM

Wednesday night's game between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians was disrupted after midges swarmed the field.

Players brushed away the bugs with Carlos Carrasco becoming the primary victim. He appeared to get one of the pesky bugs in his eye on his first pitch to Yulieski Gurriel, who singled after Carrasco was briefly attended to by a trainer.

Colby Rasmus, the next batter, hit a two-run home run.

"It doesn't feel good," Carrasco  said. "That's the first time this has happened to me, but I had to come back and get people out."

The scene brought back memories of the 2007 playoff games between the Indians and New York Yankees. The bugs distracted Joba Chamberlain, who stepped off the mound several times and caused numerous delays.

"They were everywhere," Terry Francona said. "In the dugout, it's hard to sense it, but when you get on the field, man, they were all over the place."

ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros

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Dallas Keuchel To Undergo Tests On Sore Shoulder

Sep 6, 2016 7:36 AM

Dallas Keuchel will undergo tests on his sore shoulder and miss at least his next two starts.

"Dallas flew back to Houston to get further evaluated," A.J. Hinch said. "He played catch in Texas the last day and didn't feel great, so he flew back to see our doctors, had some tests. He's been diagnosed with shoulder inflammation, which we knew.

"It just hasn't resolved, and he hasn't been able to play catch, so we're going to shut him down for the time being. He won't make tomorrow's start. He won't make his start this weekend, either. We'll get back to Houston and evaluate what's next for him, but he went back to Houston."

Keuchel had been slated to start Friday against the Texas Rangers. There is some doubt as to whether he'll start again this season.

"We'll have to get back and see how all these tests come back and how he continues to feel," he said. "We tried to give him some gaps in time and give him some rest period, but that hasn't solved it. He's going to go see the doctors he needs to see, and until he's pain free, he's not throwing. Where we are in the calendar is going to bring the obvious questions, but we just don't know right now."

ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Injury

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Astros Push Back Dallas Keuchel's Next Start

Sep 1, 2016 7:52 AM

Dallas Keuchel was slated to start Friday when the Houston Astros open a three-game series with the Texas Rangers, but A.J. Hinch announced Wednesday that Keuchel's next start would be pushed back a day or two.

"This time of season, all of our guys deal with fatigue, and Dallas is going through a little thing here where he's got a little bit of fatigue that we'd like to give him an extra day," Hinch said.

Doug Fister will start in Keuchel's place. Hinch said the move also keeps Fister on a regular rotation.

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Astros Recall Yulieski Gurriel To DH

Aug 21, 2016 1:42 AM

The Houston Astros are bringing Cuban defector Yulieski Gurriel to the big leagues.

After signing a five-year contract in July and spending some time in the minors, the 32-year-old third baseman will join the Astros at Camden Yards on Sunday.

His recall from Triple-A Fresno comes after Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena experienced a setback Saturday in his attempt to come back from a right hamstring strain.

ESPN.com

Tags: Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Carlos Gomez Signs Minor League Deal With Rangers

Aug 20, 2016 7:01 PM

Free-agent outfielder Carlos Gomez has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.

The Houston Astros had designated Gomez for assignment on Aug. 10 after he posted a .210 average with five home runs and 29 RBIs in 85 games this season.

ESPN.com

Tags: Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Astros Request Release Waivers On Carlos Gomez

Aug 19, 2016 4:30 PM

The Houston Astros have requested unconditional release waivers on Carlos Gomez.

Gomez will hit the open market in two days, assuming he goes unclaimed.

He is owed $2.21 million over the remainder of the season.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor

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Jose Altuve Is Fastest To 1,000 Hits In Astros History

Aug 17, 2016 7:51 AM

Jose Altuve hit a single in the ninth inning on Tuesday night to give him 1,000 hits in his Major League career.

"I'm so proud of that guy," A.J. Hinch said. "He continues to be exceptional, and to have that moment where, in front of our home crowd, he can get his 1,000th hit in a very short time in his career is a real highlight in my career."

Altuve reached the milestone in 786 games, making him the fastest to do so in Houston Astros history and second-fastest among active players behind Ichiro Suzuki, who did it in his 696th game.

"I feel right now like I don't want to stop," Altuve said. "I want to keep getting better and help my team, and I'm not going to be [satisfied] until I take my team to the World Series."

At 26 years and 102 days old, Altuve is the ninth-youngest in Major League history to reach 1,000 hits, older than only Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Alex Rodriguez, Robin Yount, Hank Aaron, Tris Speaker, George Brett and Derek Jeter.

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Cardinals Exploring Trade For Carlos Gomez

Aug 12, 2016 3:02 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals are exploring the possibility of a trade for Carlos Gomez after Matt Holliday broke his thumb on Thursday, according to a source.

Gomez has cleared waivers and is available. Jeff Francoeur is as well, according to a source.

The New York Mets are also interested in adding Gomez.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Trade Rumor

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Astros Designate Carlos Gomez For Assignment
"I know I didn't do my best," Carlos Gomez told the Houston Chronicle. "I wish the best to them. They have a great team and organization."

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Astros Promote Yulieski Gurriel To Double-A Corpus Christi
The Astros signed Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million deal last month.

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Astros Aren't In Play For Jonathan Lucroy
Houston's interest in Lucroy was previously overstated, according to a source.

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Former Cardinals Executive Sentenced To Jail For Astros Hack
The decision was handed down by a federal judge.

Associated Press

Astros GM: Getting Gurriel 'Huge Deal For Us'
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow first saw Cuban free agent Yulieski Gurriel play in Amsterdam ten-years ago.

ESPN.com

Source: Cuban Star Yulieski Gurriel Agrees To Deal With Astros
Infielder Yulieski Gurriel has agreed to a five-year, $47.5M contract with the Astros, according to multiple reports.

ESPN.com

Astros Won't Promote Alex Bregman This Weekend
A.J. Hinch did say that Alex Bregman could help the Major League club "probably in the near future."

MLB Network Radio

Carlos Gomez Wouldn't Mind Trade From Astros
According to people around the Astros, Carlos Gomez wouldn't mind a trade from the club.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Astros Focused On Acquiring Starting Pitching
The Astros are focused on improving their starting rotation ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Jose Altuve On Pace For Historic Season For Second Baseman
Jose Altuve is on pace for one of the best seasons from a second baseman in the past 50 years.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Astros Have Done 'Homework' On Yulieski Gourriel
Yulleski Gourriel was recently declared a Major League free agent and is working out privately for teams.

Jake Kaplan/Houston Chronicle

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex
Andrew Heaney became the first player to enter into an agreement with Fantex last September, taking a $3.34 million up-front payment in exchange for 10 percent of his future earnings.

BusinessWire

Astros Sign Cuban Infielder Anibal Sierra
The Astros have signed Cuban infielder Anibal Sierra to a Minor League contract valued at $3.5 million, according to sources.

ESPN

Luke Gregerson To Close For Astros
Luke Gregerson, 31, had a career-high 31 saves in 36 chances and a 3.10 ERA as Houston's closer last season.

ESPN

Astros-Yankees Opener Postponed Until Tuesday
Monday afternoon's season opener between the Astros and Yankees at Yankee Stadium has been postponed because of a forecast for bad weather.

Associated Press

Padres Acquire Dan Straily From Astros For Erik Kratz
Houston had been searching for another catcher after losing presumed reserve Max Stassi to injury.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Ken Giles Surprised By Magnitude Of Trade To Astros
The Astros raised some eyebrows when they traded five players to the Philadelphia Phillies for Ken Giles and 17-year-old infield prospect this winter.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Astros Looking For Catching Help
The Astros are looking for a catcher outside the organization in the wake of an injury to reserve Max Stassi.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

McCullers: ' MRI Came Back 100 Percent Clean'
Astros pitcher Lance McCullers has soreness in his pitching shoulder and his recovery is on a day-to-day basis.

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