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Carlos Correa Won't Rule Out New Deal

Apr 15, 2017 11:50 AM

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says he would consider an early long-term deal "if the price is right," one day after his agent said he wouldn't.

"Carlos is never going to do an [early] multiyear contract," agent Greg Genske told FanRag Sports Network on Thursday.

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Agent: Carlos Correa Doesn't Want Long-Term Deal Now

Apr 14, 2017 7:33 AM

Carlos Correa isn't interested in signing a long-term deal at this point, according to his agent.

"Carlos is never going to do an (early) multiyear contract," Greg Genske told FanRag Sports.

The Houston Astros shortstop in making the Major League minimum $535,000 this season. He is still two years from arbitration and five years from free agency.

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Astros Shut Down Collin McHugh For Six Weeks

Apr 8, 2017 3:08 PM

Astros right-hander Collin McHugh will not throw for the next six weeks after being diagnosed with a posterior impingement in his right elbow, GM Jeff Luhnow announced Saturday.

McHugh threw only one inning in a Triple-A rehab start Thursday before leaving the game with elbow discomfort. He had been scheduled to pitch five innings.

"It's unfortunate that he had what looks like a setback because he didn't finish his outing," manager A.J. Hinch said Friday. "I'm certainly disappointed for him."

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Astros, Braves, Pirates Interested In Jose Quintana

Mar 22, 2017 8:13 AM

Jose Quintana continues to be mentioned in trade rumors as Opening Day approaches.

The Chicago White Sox are committed to rebuilding, but will only move Quintana for the right package.

The Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to the left-hander as of late.

Quintana is owed $15.85 million in total over the next two seasons and two more club options at $10.5 million apiece that add up to four years at $36.85 million.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brian McCann On Trade: 'Best-Case Scenario For Both Sides'

Mar 20, 2017 7:02 AM

Brian McCann enjoyed his time with the New York Yankees, but admitted that the offseason trade that sent him to the Houston Astros was good for both parties.

"I can still catch at this level, and I can catch at a high level, too," he said. "I wasn't going to (stay and) catch once a week and DH. I still have a lot left in the tank. I feel great. When this was presented, it was a no-brainer because I went to a team filled with talent ... young talent that's going to be together for a while.

"I think it was a best-case scenario for both sides. Gary's [Sanchez] going to be there for a long time and I get to come here (to the Astros) and fill in this lineup, catch this staff."

McCann lost time to Sanchez, who was promoted for good in August and hit 20 home runs in 53 games.

"Gary put on a clinic, but he's got a great swing," McCann said. "He hits the ball to all fields. He's got pop. In my three years there, I thought Gary made strides every year. He's a mature guy. He works hard. He cares. ... You knew his time was coming."

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Jeff Bagwell Working With Yuli Gurriel At First Base

Mar 15, 2017 8:21 AM

The Houston Astros have Yuli Gurriel working with Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell as he gets more familiar with first base.

"It's an honor to work with him," Gurriel said. "It's a player that I've watched growing up even as a little kid in Cuba."

Bagwell made the transition from third to first base in his career, a move Gurriel is now trying to complete.

"He's doing well," A.J. Hinch said of Gurriel. "He's learning and adapting. We don't talk a lot about defensive timing, but the timing at first base has been a little bit better. He looks a little bit more comfortable."

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Jacob deGrom Has Solid Spring Debut

Mar 5, 2017 1:51 AM

Jacob deGrom was in optimal form in his 2017 Grapefruit League debut.

After missing all of September because of surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, deGrom returned to action Saturday in the Mets' 3-1 victory over the Astros. He retired six straight Houston hitters and sailed through two innings on 26 pitches before calling it a day.

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Clubs Still Expressing Trade Interest In Jose Quintana

Feb 27, 2017 10:30 AM

Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors for much of the offseason and clubs remain interested in the Chicago White Sox left-hander.

The Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees remain interested. The White Sox are focused on getting quality prospects in return, not necessarily quantity.

"As we sit here right now, it's more a function of continuing on the conversations we have had," Rick Hahn said earlier in the week. "We will see if we can build off of those."

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Chris Carter May Be Considering Offers In Japan

Feb 1, 2017 10:34 AM

Coming off the best season of his Major League career, Chris Carter might be forced to continue his baseball career in Japan, according to a report.

"I think at some point we have to make it a serious consideration," Dave Stewart, the former Major League ace-turned-agent told FOX Sports. "It's getting late there, too. Those teams are filling their spaces, too."

Carter considered offers from Japan last offseason as well. He tied Nolan Arenado for the National League lead in home runs this past season with 41.

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Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Chris Correa Maintains Astros First Stole From Cardinals

Feb 1, 2017 10:20 AM

Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa says he accepts responsibility for a breach of the Houston Astros' baseball operations database, but he maintains that the Astros were the team that first stole information.

Correa issued a statement on Twitter saying his actions came as the result of finding out that the Astros first stole the Cardinals' data.

"On December 21, 2011, a Houston Astros employee accessed proprietary data on a St. Louis Cardinals server. Later, I would learn -- through unlawful methods -- that Cardinals' data were used extensively from 2012 through 2014," Correa said in the statement, which he said would be his last while he serves a 46-month prison sentence.

"Houston Astros employees used the data to replicate and evaluate key algorithms and decision tools related to amateur and professional player evaluation. Many individuals throughout the Houston organization, including the General Manager and Assistant General Manager, were included in e-mail discussions about these efforts."

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Correa asked his family to release the statement once Major League Baseball had completed its investigation.

Rob Manfred on Monday placed Correa on the "permanently ineligible list" and penalized the Cardinals, who must pay the Astros $2 million and give them their top two picks in the 2017 draft (Nos. 56 and 75 overall).

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MLB Orders Cardinals To Give Astros Two Top Picks, $2M
After completing its investigation regarding the breach of the Astros' baseball operations database by a former Cardinals' employee, Major League Baseball has ordered the Cardinals to give the Astro

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Dallas Keuchel Set For First Bullpen Session Of 2017
Dallas Keuchel plans to throw his first bullpen session of the offseason on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

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Astros Likely Done Making Significant Additions
The Astros have been connected to big-name starting pitchers such as Chris Archer, Sonny Gray and Jose Quintana in trade rumors, but Jeff Luhnow has effectively shut those down.

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Astros Remain In Contact With A's On Sonny Gray
The Astros continue to look for upgrades in their starting rotation and have been in contact with the Athletics regarding Sonny Gray.

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White Sox Holding Jose Quintana Trade Talks Daily
The Astros, Pirates and Yankees have all been involved in talks.

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Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion
While it appears as though the Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

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Astros Interested In Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura
The Astros are looking to fortify their starting rotation and are interested in Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura of the Royals.

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Astros, Cionel Perez Agree To Deal With $2M Signing Bonus
Cuban pitcher Cionel Perez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Houston Astros.

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Indians Made Run At Signing Carlos Beltran
The Indians made a run at signing Carlos Beltran, but ultimately weren't able to compete with the one-year, $16 million deal he received from the Astros.

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Astros Won't Include Alex Bregman In Deal For Starting Pitcher
The Astros would like to add an ace-caliber pitcher via trade this offseason, but they won't include Alex Bregman as part of a package.

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Carlos Beltran Signs One-Year, $16M Deal With Astros
The Astros missed the playoffs last season, after winning the AL wild card in 2015.

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Astros, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees In 'Full Pursuit' Of Rich Hill
Rich Hill is drawing a lot of interest as a free agent as the Astros, Dodgers, Rangers and Yankees are in "full pursuit" of the left-hander.

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Market For Carlos Beltran Down To Four Teams
Carlos Beltran is expected to land a one-year deal in the $15 million to $18 million range.

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Mike Napoli Drawing Interest From Astros
Mike Napoli, 35, hit .239/.335/.465 with a career-high 34 home runs and 101 RBIs for the Indians in 2016.

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Jason Castro Has Multiple Offers On Table
Jason Castro is drawing interest from five teams and has multiple offers on the table, according to a report.

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Josh Reddick Agrees To Four-Year, $52M Deal With Astros
Josh Reddick hit .281/.345/.405 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 155 games split between the Dodgers and Athletics this past season.

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Astros Acquire Brian McCann From Yankees
The Yankees have traded Brian McCann to the Astros for prospects Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.

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Astros Agree To Two-Year Deal With Charlie Morton
Charlie Morton made just four starts last season before suffering a torn left hamstring that ended his year.

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Carlos Beltrain Drawing Interest From Astros, Jays, Red Sox, Yankees
The Rangers were believed to be in the mix as well, but aren't currently.

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Alex Cora Joins Astros As Bench Coach
The Astros have hired Alex Cora as their new bench coach, sources have confirmed.

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