Houston Astros Wiretap

Astros Determined To Sign Closer

Nov 22, 2015 2:21 AM

The Astros are very determined to get a closer, other teams have told ESPN's Jayson Stark, as Houston is looking at both trade and free-agent options.

The Astros have checked in on Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman, Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller, Philadelphia's Ken Giles and Tampa Bay's Brad Boxberger, according to Stark.


Tags: Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Braves Discussed Freeman With Astros

Nov 20, 2015 7:21 AM

Reports of the Atlanta Braves considering a Freddie Freeman trade are true, according to three sources that told Jeff Passan a deal was discussed with the Houston Astros.

A mega-trade was discussed between the Astros and Braves that would've included more than five players.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brewers Acquire Jonathan Villar From Astros

Nov 19, 2015 5:05 PM

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired Jonathan Villar from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league right-hander Cy Sneed.

Villar, 24, provides the Brewers with some much-needed infield depth and will be reunited with David Stearns, who left the Astros to become the general manager of the Brewers this offseason.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Dallas Keuchel Named AL's Best Pitcher

Nov 18, 2015 8:16 PM

Dallas Keuchel won the American League Cy Young award on Wednesday after winning 20 games with the Houston Astros this season.

Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

David Price of the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers finished second, drawing eight first-place votes and 143 points. Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics finished third.

Keuchel led the league in wins, going 20-8 and helping Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005.


Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Correa Edges Lindor As AL Rookie Of The Year

Nov 17, 2015 7:14 AM

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa won American League Rookie of the Year honors on Monday.

The 21-year-old received 17 first-place votes and 13 second-place votes, for a total of 124 points. Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was second, with 13 firsts, 14 seconds and two thirds for a total of 109 points. Minnesota Twins designated hitter Miguel Sano was third with 20 points.

Correa began this year in Double-A. Then he hit .279 with 22 home runs (tops among AL rookies), 68 RBIs and 14 steals after his June 8 call-up.


Tags: Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Source: Colby Rasmus Accepts Qualifying Offer From Astros

Nov 13, 2015 5:41 AM

Colby Rasmus has accepted the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Houston Astros, according to a source.

Rasmus is the first free agent to accept a qualifying offer since it was introduced three years ago.

When a player rejects the offer to test the market, his former team receives an additional high selection in the June draft if he signs somewhere else.

Rasmus, 29, hit .238 with a career-high 25 home runs and 61 RBIs in his first season with the Astros.

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Alex Gordon Likely To Opt For Free Agency

Oct 31, 2015 3:35 PM

Alex Gordon is not expected to exercise his $14 million player option with the Kansas City Royals.

The Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros are among teams rumored to have interest in Gordon.

Gordon is likely to receive an offer in the four-year range.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Reds Could Sell Off Talent To Rebuild With Top Picks

Oct 22, 2015 7:11 AM

There is growing sentiment within the Cincinnati Reds organization for them to trade veterans this winter.

The plan would be to go for a bottom-out rebuild in the style of the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Astros Unlikely To Issue Rasmus Qualifying Offer

Oct 16, 2015 5:07 PM

He was the team's hottest hitter in the postseason, but the Houston Astros aren't expected to issue Colby Rasmus the $15.8 million qualify offer.

There are concerns about his "quirky" personality and lapses in left field, writes Jon Heyman.

Rasmus, 29, has hit .423/.571/1.038 in 35 postseason plate appearances.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Postpone Plan To Remove Tal's Hill

Oct 16, 2015 7:27 AM

The Houston Astros have postponed plans to remove Tal's Hill and shorten the distance from the plate from 436 to 409 feet in center field at Minute Maid Park.

Club president Reid Ryan says the Astros still plan to complete the renovations but the construction timelines in the bidding process made clear the project could not be finished by next year's home opener.

Houston said its playoff run coupled with an international cricket match in November impacted the construction timelines.

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Orioles, Colby Rasmus Flirted With Deal Last Offseason
Not much went right for the Orioles this season and one of the questionable decisions was not signing Colby Rasmus as a free agent last winter.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Salvador Perez Expected To Play In Game 5
Salvador Perez didn't finish Game 4 as the Royals rallied to force a deciding game.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Teams Set Record With 21 Home Runs On Monday
The 61 total runs scored Monday also set a postseason record.


Carlos Correa Youngest SS To Ever Homer In Postseason
Among all positions, Carlos Correa is the 11th youngest to go deep in the playoffs.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Biggio Argues Against Rule Change Following Tejada Injury
Craig Biggio expressed sympathy for the injury Ruben Tejada suffered on a controversial takeout slide by Chase Utley in the NLDS, but added that he hopes Major League Baseball doesn't respond by enac

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Dallas Keuchel Improves To 14-0 At Home
Dallas Keuchel allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings against the Angels at Minute Maid Park on Monday night, improving his home record to 14-0 with a 1.47 ERA.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Red Sox To Interview Quinton McCracken For GM Role
Ben Cherington stepped down as Boston's GM when Dave Dombrowski was hired as president last month.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Barry Zito Thrilled To Be Pitching Again
A's pitcher Barry Zito gave up two runs, two hits, and a walk in the eighth inning on Sunday against the Astros.


Brewers Hire David Stearns As New GM
David Stearns has been the assistant GM of the Astros for the past three seasons.


Dallas Keuchel Dominating At Minute Maid Park
Dallas Keuchel is just the third pitcher in 60 years to go 12-0 at home.

ESPN Stats & Info

Astros Place Jason Castro On DL With Quad Strain
The Astros have recalled catcher Max Strassi from Triple-A Fresno.


Dallas Keuchel, Astros Discuss Contract Extension
Dallas Keuchel will have surpassed three years of service time at the end of this season.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Astros Success May Make David Stearns Popular GM Target
It remains to be seen if Jeff Luhnow's top assistant, David Stearns, would entertain offers to leave, but he may soon receive interview requests.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Benches Clear As Gomez Tells Girardi, Yankees' Dugout To 'Shut Up'
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Carlos Gomez to "play the game the right way" during the sixth-inning incident.


Mark Teixeira Back In Yankees' Lineup
Mark Teixeira has missed a full week of action with a bruised shin.


Fiers Denies Using Illegal Substance During No-Hitter
Social media photos appeared to show a shiny substance on Mike Fiers glove.


Astros' Mike Fiers No-Hits Dodgers
Mike Fiers struck out 10 and walked three, while retiring the final 21 batters.


Hinch Scolds Correa For Tackling Altuve In Celebration
A.J. Hinch called Carlos Correa into his office for a little talk after the rookie tackled Jose Altuve in postgame celebration after Altuve's game-winning single on Sunday.


Carlos Correra Open To Stint With Houston Texans
Carlos Correa set the internet ablaze over the weekend when he tackled Jose Altuve following a walk-off hit for the Astros.

Gemma Kaneko/MLB

Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley
The Angels, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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