Houston Astros Wiretap

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

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MLB Orders Cardinals To Give Astros Two Top Picks, $2M

Jan 31, 2017 8:12 AM

After completing its investigation regarding the breach of the Houston Astros' baseball operations database by a former St. Louis Cardinals' employee, Major League Baseball has ordered the Cardinals to give the Astros two top picks and $2 million.

Former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will also be placed on the "permanently ineligible list," effective immediately. The $2 million is to be paid within 30 days.

"We respect the Commissioner's decision and appreciate that there is now a final resolution to this matter," chairman and CEO William O. DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. "Commissioner Manfred's findings are fully consistent with our own investigation's conclusion that this activity was isolated to a single individual."

"This has been a long and challenging process for all of us, especially those within our baseball operations department," John Mozeliak said in the statement. "We have learned a great deal along the way and we have taken additional steps to ensure that something like this doesn't ever happen again."

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

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Dallas Keuchel Set For First Bullpen Session Of 2017

Jan 30, 2017 8:04 AM

Dallas Keuchel plans to throw his first bullpen session of the offseason on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

Keuchel hasn't pitched off a mound since late August, when he made the final start of his injury-shortened season.

"It's going to feel a little bit better than what it usually does just based on the amount of time I've missed," he said. "I'm looking forward to hopefully playing until November this year, and I'm just going to take every day as it is."

Keuchel missed the final five weeks of the 2016 season because of a shoulder injury.

Jake Kaplan/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Astros, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Astros Likely Done Making Significant Additions

Jan 23, 2017 7:32 AM

The Houston Astros are likely done making significant additions to their Major League roster, according to Jeff Luhnow.

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

Luhnow said, this is "probably the roster that we're going to have to start the season. We're always open to considering ways to improve it, but right now I'd set the expectations low that there's going to be any major changes."

Jake Kaplan/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros Remain In Contact With A's On Sonny Gray

Jan 16, 2017 5:25 PM

The Houston Astros continue to look for upgrades in their starting rotation and have been in contact with the Oakland Athletics regarding Sonny Gray.

Gray had a down 2016 season after performing as one of baseball's best pitchers from 2013-15.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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White Sox Holding Jose Quintana Trade Talks Daily

Jan 5, 2017 7:09 AM

The Chicago White Sox have maintained daily trade talks centered around Jose Quintana, according to a report.

The Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees have all been involved in talks.

At this point, the Yankees are considered a "long shot" to acquire Quintana.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion

Dec 22, 2016 7:52 AM

While it appears as though the Toronto Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

The Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins have all been linked to Encarnacion to some degree.

All of the offers Encarnacion has received are believed to be for multiple years, while some include opt-outs after the 2017 season.

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Interested In Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura

Dec 12, 2016 7:34 AM

The Houston Astros are looking to fortify their starting rotation and are interested in Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals are open to dealing a number of players in order to cut payroll. They already made headlines by trading Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs.

Duffy is entering his final season of arbitration, while Ventura is locked up through at least 2019 with a pair of team options for 2020 and 2021.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros, Cionel Perez Agree To Deal With $2M Signing Bonus

Dec 10, 2016 1:27 AM

A 20-year-old Cuban pitcher has agreed to a minor league contract with the Houston Astros that includes a $2 million signing bonus.

The agreement involving left-hander Cionel Perez was announced Friday and is part of the last international signing period without a cap on bonuses. 

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Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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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.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

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.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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.

SB Nation

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.

ESPN

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

Jon Morosi/MLB

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.

ESPN

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.

ESPN

Astros Interested In Brian McCann
The Yankees are believed to be open to moving Brian McCann given the emergence of Gary Sanchez at catcher.

Jon Morosi/MLB

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

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Carlos Correa Sent To Houston With Shoulder Inflammation
Carlos Correa experienced soreness in his shoulder in Tuesday night's game against the Indians and told A.J. Hinch he was uncomfortable upon waking Wednesday.

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Astros-Indians Game Disrupted After Midges Swarm Field
Wednesday night's game between the Astros and Indians was disrupted after midges swarmed the field.

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Dallas Keuchel To Undergo Tests On Sore Shoulder
Dallas Keuchel will undergo tests on his sore shoulder and miss at least his next two starts.

ESPN

Astros Push Back Dallas Keuchel's Next Start
Dallas Keuchel was slated to start Friday, but A.J. Hinch announced Wednesday that Keuchel's next start would be pushed back a day or two.

ESPN

Astros Recall Yulieski Gurriel To DH
Cuban defector Yulieski Gurriel will join the Astros at Camden Yards on Sunday.

ESPN.com

Carlos Gomez Signs Minor League Deal With Rangers
The Astros had designated Carlos Gomez for assignment on August 10.

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