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Astros Recall Yulieski Gurriel To DH

Aug 21, 2016 1:42 AM

The Houston Astros are bringing Cuban defector Yulieski Gurriel to the big leagues.

After signing a five-year contract in July and spending some time in the minors, the 32-year-old third baseman will join the Astros at Camden Yards on Sunday.

His recall from Triple-A Fresno comes after Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena experienced a setback Saturday in his attempt to come back from a right hamstring strain.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Carlos Gomez Signs Minor League Deal With Rangers

Aug 20, 2016 7:01 PM

Free-agent outfielder Carlos Gomez has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.

The Houston Astros had designated Gomez for assignment on Aug. 10 after he posted a .210 average with five home runs and 29 RBIs in 85 games this season.

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Tags: Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Astros Request Release Waivers On Carlos Gomez

Aug 19, 2016 4:30 PM

The Houston Astros have requested unconditional release waivers on Carlos Gomez.

Gomez will hit the open market in two days, assuming he goes unclaimed.

He is owed $2.21 million over the remainder of the season.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor

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Jose Altuve Is Fastest To 1,000 Hits In Astros History

Aug 17, 2016 7:51 AM

Jose Altuve hit a single in the ninth inning on Tuesday night to give him 1,000 hits in his Major League career.

"I'm so proud of that guy," A.J. Hinch said. "He continues to be exceptional, and to have that moment where, in front of our home crowd, he can get his 1,000th hit in a very short time in his career is a real highlight in my career."

Altuve reached the milestone in 786 games, making him the fastest to do so in Houston Astros history and second-fastest among active players behind Ichiro Suzuki, who did it in his 696th game.

"I feel right now like I don't want to stop," Altuve said. "I want to keep getting better and help my team, and I'm not going to be [satisfied] until I take my team to the World Series."

At 26 years and 102 days old, Altuve is the ninth-youngest in Major League history to reach 1,000 hits, older than only Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Alex Rodriguez, Robin Yount, Hank Aaron, Tris Speaker, George Brett and Derek Jeter.

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Cardinals Exploring Trade For Carlos Gomez

Aug 12, 2016 3:02 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals are exploring the possibility of a trade for Carlos Gomez after Matt Holliday broke his thumb on Thursday, according to a source.

Gomez has cleared waivers and is available. Jeff Francoeur is as well, according to a source.

The New York Mets are also interested in adding Gomez.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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

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Astros Designate Carlos Gomez For Assignment

Aug 11, 2016 7:18 AM

The Houston Astros have designated Carlos Gomez for assignment.

"I know I didn't do my best," Gomez told the Houston Chronicle. "I wish the best to them. They have a great team and organization."

Gomez had a .210 average in 85 games for the Astros this season.

"This has nothing to do with Carlos' effort," Jeff Luhnow said. "Carlos has put in 100 percent. We all see how much he enjoys playing the game and how much he cares about what happens. It's one of those situations where, for whatever reason, it didn't work out here in the way he wanted to and the way we wanted to."

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Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor

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Astros Promote Yulieski Gurriel To Double-A Corpus Christi

Aug 8, 2016 3:33 PM

The Houston Astros have promoted Yulieski Gurriel to Double-A Corpus Christi.

The Astros signed Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million deal last month.

Double-A is expected to be Gurriel's final stop before a promotion to the Major Leagues.

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Astros Aren't In Play For Jonathan Lucroy

Jul 28, 2016 4:51 PM

The Houston Astros aren't among the teams in play to acquire Jonathan Lucroy from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Houston's interest in Lucroy was previously overstated, according to a source.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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Former Cardinals Executive Sentenced To Jail For Astros Hack

Jul 18, 2016 4:35 PM

Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for hacking the Houston Astros' player personnel database and email system in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.

The decision was handed down by a federal judge.

Correa had pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St. Louis. He was fired last summer and now faces 46 months behind bars and a court order to pay $279,038 in restitution. He had faced up to five years in prison on each count.

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Astros GM: Getting Gurriel 'Huge Deal For Us'

Jul 16, 2016 6:54 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow first saw Yulieski Gurriel play a decade ago in a tournament in Amsterdam.

He imagined him playing in the major leagues and made that dream a reality Saturday when he signed the Cuban free agent to a five-year deal with the Astros.

"To be able to get him now really in the prime of his career ... is a huge deal for us," Luhnow said. "It's probably the most exciting day since I've been here except for the wild-card win against the Yankees."

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Source: Cuban Star Yulieski Gurriel Agrees To Deal With Astros
Infielder Yulieski Gurriel has agreed to a five-year, $47.5M contract with the Astros, according to multiple reports.

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Astros Won't Promote Alex Bregman This Weekend
A.J. Hinch did say that Alex Bregman could help the Major League club "probably in the near future."

MLB Network Radio

Carlos Gomez Wouldn't Mind Trade From Astros
According to people around the Astros, Carlos Gomez wouldn't mind a trade from the club.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Astros Focused On Acquiring Starting Pitching
The Astros are focused on improving their starting rotation ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Jose Altuve On Pace For Historic Season For Second Baseman
Jose Altuve is on pace for one of the best seasons from a second baseman in the past 50 years.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Astros Have Done 'Homework' On Yulieski Gourriel
Yulleski Gourriel was recently declared a Major League free agent and is working out privately for teams.

Jake Kaplan/Houston Chronicle

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex
Andrew Heaney became the first player to enter into an agreement with Fantex last September, taking a $3.34 million up-front payment in exchange for 10 percent of his future earnings.

BusinessWire

Astros Sign Cuban Infielder Anibal Sierra
The Astros have signed Cuban infielder Anibal Sierra to a Minor League contract valued at $3.5 million, according to sources.

ESPN

Luke Gregerson To Close For Astros
Luke Gregerson, 31, had a career-high 31 saves in 36 chances and a 3.10 ERA as Houston's closer last season.

ESPN

Astros-Yankees Opener Postponed Until Tuesday
Monday afternoon's season opener between the Astros and Yankees at Yankee Stadium has been postponed because of a forecast for bad weather.

Associated Press

Padres Acquire Dan Straily From Astros For Erik Kratz
Houston had been searching for another catcher after losing presumed reserve Max Stassi to injury.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Ken Giles Surprised By Magnitude Of Trade To Astros
The Astros raised some eyebrows when they traded five players to the Philadelphia Phillies for Ken Giles and 17-year-old infield prospect this winter.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Astros Looking For Catching Help
The Astros are looking for a catcher outside the organization in the wake of an injury to reserve Max Stassi.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

McCullers: ' MRI Came Back 100 Percent Clean'
Astros pitcher Lance McCullers has soreness in his pitching shoulder and his recovery is on a day-to-day basis.

ESPN.com

Astros In No Rush To Name Starting First Baseman
The Astros are in no rush to decide on a starting first baseman and will wait until the conclusion of the exhibition season, according to Jeff Luhnow.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Astros Reward A.J. Hinch With Extension
The Astros have extended the contract of A.J. Hinch ahead of the 2016 season.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Astros Tried To Acquire Jonathan Lucroy From Brewers
The Astros tried to acquire Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers in January, but they were not able to come to terms on a deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Luke Gregerson Thinks He Should Close For Astros
The Astros acquired Ken Giles this offseason, but Luke Gregerson believes he should be closing games for the club.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Astros, Evan Gattis Agree To $3.3M Deal
The two sides had a hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN