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Astros, Blue Jays Are Front-Runners For Samardzija

Jun 30, 2015 4:03 PM

The Chicago White Sox have disappointed this season and Jeff Samardzija is expected to be discussed in trades this summer.

"It's only a matter of time before he's dealt; the [Houston] Astros and the [Toronto] Blue Jays are the early front-runners," writes Jim Bowden.

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Tags: Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros, Daz Cameron Agree To $4M Bonus

Jun 29, 2015 8:10 PM

The Houston Astros have agreed to a deal with No. 37 overall pick Daz Cameron that will include a $4 million signing bonus.

Cameron was in Houston on Monday afternoon to sign the contract and will reportedly be introduced at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday.

A high school outfielder from Georgia, Cameron was rated by most as a Top 15 talent in this year's draft, but signability issues caused him to slip.

Jim Callis/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Draft, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Astros Haven't Received Subpoena As Part Of Federal Investigation

Jun 26, 2015 9:54 AM

The Houston Astros say they did not receive a subpoena as part of the government's investigation into the hacking of their private database and computer systems.

The New York Times previously reported that the Astros had been subpoenaed in recent months "for more information from their network."

"The Astros have never been subpoenaed in this matter," general counsel Giles Kibbe said. "We've cooperated with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office throughout this investigation and provided them with everything they've asked for. And we will continue to do so."

Major League Baseball is not conducting its own investigation currently but may have to if the government does not share its findings with the league.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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

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Astros Nearing Agreement With Daz Cameron

Jun 24, 2015 8:25 AM

The Houston Astros are getting closer to finalizing contract agreements with No. 2 pick Alex Bregman and No. 37 pick Daz Cameron.

Nothing will be announced on Wednesday, but Jeff Luhnow is hopeful that the pair will be signed during the club's upcoming homestand.

Cameron is expected to sign well over the slot value for his selection.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Astros, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Report: Hamels Blocked Trade To Astros

Jun 23, 2015 8:19 PM

Cole Hamels has blocked a potential trade to the Houston Astros, according to a report by KHOU-TV.

The Philadelphia Phillies left-hander can block a trade to 20 teams of his choosing each season.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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FBI Struggling To Pinpoint Who Hacked In Astros' System

Jun 23, 2015 7:01 AM

FBI agents are struggling to pinpoint exactly who within the St. Louis Cardinals organization repeatedly hacked into the Houston Astros' closely guarded baseball intelligence network.

The investigation is focused on a group of Cardinals employees who specialize in statistical analysis and computer programming and had access to a computer in a residence near the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla., during spring training last year.

Federal agents were able to trace at least one of the breaches directly back to that computer. At least four members of the team's baseball operations staff have hired criminal defense lawyers, according to people briefed on the investigation.

"To put it simply, investigators are trying to match up the intrusions with the different times that different Cardinals front-office personnel were on the computer," said one person briefed on the case. "It has been very difficult."

Another person briefed on the investigation added, "The FBI has some sense of how long different guys were on the computer, but it hasn’t been easy."

Michael S. Schmidt/New York Times

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

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Mark Appel Near Promotion To Triple-A

Jun 23, 2015 6:44 AM

The Houston Astros are close to promoting Mark Appel to Triple-A Fresno and may do so before his next start, according to sources.

Appel turned in an excellent outing on Sunday, but the move wasn't immediately made.

In five starts since his ERA ballooned to 6.03 on May 22, the first No. 1 overall pick has allowed seven earned runs in 29 innings — good for a 2.14 ERA — with 24 strikeouts and just eight walks. He’s lowered his overall ERA to 4.26.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Carlos Correa Is Second-Youngest Player In 100 Years With Three Steals

Jun 19, 2015 7:07 AM

Carlos Correa stole three bases against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday afternoon, becoming the second-youngest player (behind Rickey Henderson) to do so in the last 100 seasons.

Henderson, who was born on Dec. 25, 1958, stole three bases on Aug. 23, 1979, when he was 20 years and 241 days old. Correa was 20 years and 269 days old on Thursday.

"That's a big name when you say Rickey Henderson," Correa said. "He had a lot of stolen bases throughout his career and is obviously a Hall of Famer, and is a great player. To be behind him in that stat, it means a lot. I'm just going to go out there and help my team win in some way. If that means stealing bases, I'll do it."

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Stats

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Report: Cardinals Hacked Astros As Early As 2012

Jun 19, 2015 6:56 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals had unauthorized access to Houston Astros information as early as 2012, a year earlier than was previously known, according to a report.

The initial New York Times report indicated that the Cardinals first hacked the player database in 2013.

The extent of the Cardinals’ reach inside the Astros’ organization isn’t yet fully known but was not limited to one or two occasions, a person familiar with the details of the investigation said.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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

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Cardinals Chairman: 'Rogue' Behavior To Be Punished

Jun 19, 2015 6:49 AM

St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. blamed "roguish behavior" for the team's involvement in the alleged hacking of the Houston Astros' player personnel database.

The club is still investigating the matter but said no more than a handful of individuals in an operation that numbers in the hundreds -- describing it as a "needle in a haystack" -- were responsible.

"I still don't know the reason for it," DeWitt said. "I can't come up with a reason for it. It goes against everything we stand for. We don't know who did what here."

DeWitt and general manager John Mozeliak met with media at Busch Stadium a day after an attorney hired by the team said high-level executives were not involved in the scandal.

Both teams have said they are cooperating with authorities.


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

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Luhnow: Passwords Weren't Old, Says He Took Nothing From Cardinals
Jeff Luhnow has spoken out about the report that the Cardinals hacked into the front office database of the Astros.

Ben Reiter/SI

Cardinals: Anyone Involved In Hacking Will Be 'Held Accountable'
Cardinals chairman and CEO William O. Dewitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak have issued statements on the hacking scandal that came to light on Tuesday.

Chris Cwik/Yahoo! Sports

Report: FBI Focusing On 4-5 Cardinals Employees In Hacking Scandal
The FBI investigation of the Cardinals for allegedly hacking into the database of the Astros is expected to end soon, according to people familiar with the situation.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

FBI Traced Astros' Data Breach To Florida House
The FBI is investigating the Cardinals for possibly breaching the Astros' computerized database and stealing information, according to a New York Times report.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Cardinals Under Investigation By FBI For Hacking Astros' Database
The attack represents the first known case of corporate espionage in which a professional sports team has hacked the network of another team.

Michael S. Schmidt/New York Times

McHugh's Struggles Make Houston's Need For Starter More Immediate
The Astros have needed to add a starting pitcher for some time, but Collin McHugh's struggles have made that need more immediate.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Astros To Promote Vincent Velasquez
Vincent Velasquez will start on Wednesday against the White Sox.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Astros Call Up Top Prospect Carlos Correa
The Astros announced Sunday night that Carlos Correa will join the club in Chicago on Monday.


Astros To Get Rid Of Tal's Hill After Season
The Astros plan to get rid of Tal's Hill at Minute Maid Park after the season.


Astros Prospect Drives In 12 Runs In Cal League Debut
Derek Fisher established a new California League by driving in 12 runs for Lancaster on Saturday night.


Astros Won't Second-Guess Decision To Keep Carlos Correa In Minors
The Astros are winning, but that won't change their line of thinking regarding Carlos Correa's development.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Keuchel Off To Best Start For Astros Pitcher Since Clemens
Dallas Keuchel allowed six hits and no earned runs in seven innings against the Athletics on Wednesday, improving to 6-0 on the season and lowering his ERA to 1.67.

Associated Press

Astros Acquire International Bonus Slot From Orioles
The Astros will have an additional $391,500 and $264,300, respectively, to make international offers for the July 2 signing season.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Astros Promote Carlos Correa To Triple-A
He hit .385/.459/.726 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 117 at-bats with Double-A and earning a promotion to Triple-A.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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