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Dallas Keuchel, Astros Discuss Contract Extension

Aug 28, 2015 7:01 AM

The Houston Astros and Dallas Keuchel have broached the topic of a contract extension.

The two sides have discussed a multi-year deal, according to Keuchel’s agent, Darek Braunecker of Frontline Athlete Management.

"This is all I've known, and it's where I want to be," Keuchel said. "I know we're in a great position for the next probably five, 10 years, and that's what it's all about, it's all about winning. Me personally, it's not about the dollar amount. It's about winning, because it doesn't last forever. I know that. So at the end of the day, I just want to win. I want one of those rings.

"With that being said, it's got to be something that's fair and that's right for both parties. I'm not trying to break the bank. I'm just out here to have fun and pitch and do the best I can."

Keuchel will have surpassed three years of service time at the end of this season.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Success May Make David Stearns Popular GM Target

Aug 28, 2015 6:46 AM

A byproduct of the success that the Houston Astros have had this season may be interest in their executives.

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.

"There's several people in our organization that have GM potential, and David's one of them," Luhnow said. "I expect over the coming years, as we have success, they’ll get opportunities at least to interview."

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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Benches Clear As Gomez Tells Girardi, Yankees' Dugout To 'Shut Up'

Aug 26, 2015 1:00 AM

During the Astros' win over the Yankees Tuesday night, Carlos Gomez told Joe Girardi and the Yankees' dugout to "shut up," causing the benches to clear.

During the sixth-inning incident, Girardi instructed the "emotional" Gomez to "play the game the right way." In the eighth, Gomez nailed a three-run homer.

After the blowout, Gomez added he is not listening to Girardi, anyway.

"I don't care what Joe Girardi says," Gomez told ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera.

Gomez said he understood the Yankees' frustration, but felt he wasn't trying to show them up.


Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Mark Teixeira Back In Yankees' Lineup

Aug 25, 2015 5:35 PM

After missing a full week with a bruised shin, Mark Teixeira is in the Yankees' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros, according to an ESPN.com report.

"He feels better," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Teixeira fouled a ball off his right shin on August 17. Teixeira and the Yankees were thankful nothing was broken and decided not to put Teixeira on the disabled list in hopes he could return within in two weeks. 


Tags: New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Fiers Denies Using Illegal Substance During No-Hitter

Aug 22, 2015 8:13 PM

One day after throwing a no-hitter against the Dodgers, Astros right-hander Mike Fiers denied he had an illegal substance on his glove during the win, shooting down speculation that began when photos on social media that zoomed in on the glove appeared to show a shiny substance.

"I mean you can try to pick out a lot of things through a lot of games," Fiers said Saturday. "I don't know what they are talking about. It could be a different lighting or camera angle or a lot of things. I don't know."


Tags: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Astros' Mike Fiers No-Hits Dodgers

Aug 22, 2015 1:28 AM

Mike Fiers pitched the second no-hitter in the major leagues in nine days, leading the Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night, according to an ESPN.com report.


Having never even gotten an out in the ninth inning in his five-year career, Fiers was dominant. He struck out 10 and walked three, retiring the final 21 batters.


Tags: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Hinch Scolds Correa For Tackling Altuve In Celebration

Aug 18, 2015 6:48 AM

Houston Astros manager 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 with two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Hinch did not appreciate seeing the 6-foot-4 Correa take down the much smaller second baseman.

"You're about to give me a heart attack to see those two rolling around on the field," Hinch said. "It was pretty good form, but we have to find a different way."

"I love the win and walk-offs, but the rolling around has to be replaced. What happened to the high five?"

Correa insisted he knew what he was doing when he chased down Altuve. He pointed to the teammates' close relationship and said they are "like brothers." Still, he agreed, at Hinch's behest, to not do it again.

"I said I knew what I was doing, and I tackled him before, so it was not a first," Correa said. "It was a fun time. He was like, 'If he got hurt, I will hurt you too.' Just joking, you know?"


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Carlos Correra Open To Stint With Houston Texans

Aug 17, 2015 3:22 PM

Carlos Correa set the internet ablaze over the weekend when he tackled Jose Altuve following a walk-off hit for the Astros.

"I always take it easy on [Altuve]," said Correa about the tackle. "So, everything we do is just having fun. We're like brothers, and when you're brothers, you play around a lot, and that's what we do all the time."

Altuve noted that Correa might have a future in the NFL with the nearby Texans.

"I think if the Texans see that, they [are] going to put [Correa] out there," said Altuve.

The 20-year-old Correa is 6-foot-4 and at 210 pounds, still growing into his frame.

"I actually played football in Puerto Rico, but it's not big in Puerto Rico," said the shortstop. "But I just did it for fun. But if the Texans offered me something, I would like to try out … I can play two sports. I don't mind that."

But he also noted, "I don't think the Astros would be really happy with that."

Gemma Kaneko/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley

Aug 14, 2015 7:13 AM

The San Francisco Giants aren't the only team seriously interested in Chase Utley.

According to sources, several teams have made trade offers for the Philadelphia Phillies infielder.

The Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Utley has a $15 million club option for 2016 that no longer will vest automatically based on plate appearances. His club option would then drop to $11 million, but the Phillies would be expected to take the $2 million buyout instead.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Evan Gattis Putting Together Historic Triples/Steals Line

Aug 11, 2015 7:26 AM

Evan Gattis has seven triples and no stolen bases for the Houston Astros this season.

The 28-year-old has never stolen a base in his Major League career and entered 2015 with just one triple in his first two seasons.

Johnny Mize holds the Major League record for most triples without a steal. He had 16 triples and no steals in 1938 and followed that up with a 14/0 season in 1939.

Players didn't run a lot back in the 1930s, which helps explain Mize's line.

Of the 14 times a player hit at least 10 triples and stole zero bases, nine came between 1933 and 1940 (and the other five came between 1926 and 1962).

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Astros Acquire Oliver Perez From Diamondbacks
The Astros have acquired Oliver Perez from the Diamondbacks for a Minor League pitcher.

Associated Press

Astros Designate, Option Dan Straily
The Astros have optioned Dan Straily, indicating that he was only designated off of the active roster for purposes of passing him through optional assignment waivers.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Carlos Correa Has More HRs Through 50 Games Than Any Other Shortstop
Carlos Correa has 13 home runs in his first 50 Major League games, more than any other shortstop in history.

Paul Casella/MLB

Astros Re-Sign Joe Thatcher
Joe Thatcher had elected free agency after being designated for assignment late last month.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Report: Arizona No Longer Discussing Aroldis Chapman
The Diamondbacks' trade talks regarding Aroldis Chapman are now dead.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Astros, Padres Working On Significant Deal
Tyson Ross and Craig Kimbrel have both been discussed. Houston is still looking for bullpen help after adding Scott Kazmir to the rotation and Carlos Gomez to the outfield.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Astros Looking To Acquire Bullpen Help
Reports have linked the Astros to Craig Kimbrel, Joaquin Benoit, Brad Boxberger, Jake McGee and Aroldis Chapman.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Astros Get Carlos Gomez, Mike Fiers From Brewers
The Astros will acquire Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers from the Brewers in exchange for outfield prospects Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser and lefty Josh Hader.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Source: Hamels Wouldn't Accept Trade To Astros
Houston is looking to further bolster their rotation after acquiring Scott Kazmir last week.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Five Teams Show Initial Interest In David Price
The Astros, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees are among the teams to show initial interest in David Price now that the Tigers are accepting offers.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Astros, Padres 'Gaining Steam' On Deal
The Astros and Padres are making headway on a trade that would send some pitching to the American League contenders.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Craig Kimbrel Linked To Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals, Yankees
The Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals and Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in trading for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Astros Reportedly Making 'Big Push' For Cole Hamels
Despite acquiring Scott Kazmir last week, the Astros are still pursuing Cole Hamels in a trade with the Phillies.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Indians, Rangers Have Inquired About Carlos Gomez
The Indians and Rangers are among the teams that have inquired with the Brewers about Carlos Gomez, according to Major League sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals Have Interest In Kimbrel
The Astros, however, are concerned with the money Craig Kimbrel is owed going forward.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Biggio, Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz Join Hall Of Fame
Craig Biggio is the first Astro to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Astros Discussed Samardzija With White Sox Before Kazmir Deal
Houston ultimately opted to make the deal for Scott Kazmir because they were more comfortable with the Oakland Athletics' asking price.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Astros Acquire Kazmir From Athletics For Prospects
The Astros have acquired Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jacob Nottingham and Daniel Mengden.


Astros Determined Not To Trade Prospect Brett Phillips
The 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.

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Astros Have Discussed Acquiring Cashner, Ross From Padres
The Astros and Padres have had at the very least preliminary trade discussions regarding Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross, according to a report.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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