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Justin Verlander Agrees To Two-Year, $66M Extension With Astros

Mar 23, 2019 4:26 PM

The Houston Astros and Justin Verlander have agreed to a two-year, $66 million extension. The deal runs through the 2021 season.

Verlander would have become a free agent after the 2019 season.

Verlander was traded from the Detroit Tigers to Houston on Aug. 31, 2017, and helped the Astros win their first World Series that season.

Verlander is entering his 15th season and is now 36 years old.



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

Astros, Justin Verlander Mutually Interested In Extension

Mar 23, 2019 10:15 AM

The Houston Astros and Justin Verlander are mutually interested in a contract extension, according to owner Jim Crane.

Crane said that if a deal is agreed upon, it would most likely be before the season.

"I don't think anything is final, but if it's going to get done, it's going to get done before we get out of here," Crane said of Florida, where the Astros are for Spring Training. "He doesn't really like to do it during the season, but that could change, too. There's interest on both sides, so we'll see what happens."

Verlander will be a free agent after the 2019 season.


Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Alex Bregman: Slow Market Didn't Impact Extension

Mar 23, 2019 10:11 AM

Alex Bregman signed a long-term deal with the Houston Astros, but says the decision wasn't impacted by baseball's second-straight slow free agent market.

"I wanted to play here," he said. "I didn't want to play anywhere else. I wanted to be in orange and blue for as long as I possibly can. I love this organization. I want to win here for a long time."

Bregman signed a five-year, $100 million contract covering 2020-24.

The Astros picked Bregman with the No. 2 overall pick in 2015.

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Ryan Pressly Gets Two-Year, $17.5M Deal With Astros

Mar 20, 2019 8:05 AM

The Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year, $17.5 million contract with reliever Ryan Pressly, according to a source.

The agreement will buy out two years of free agency for Pressly. The right-hander was acquired from the Minnesota Twins in July for a pair of prospects.

There is an option to buy out Pressly's deal for a third free-agent year on top of that, according to the report.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Astros Extend Alex Bregman With Six-Year, $100M Deal

Mar 20, 2019 8:00 AM

The Houston Astros have agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension with Alex Bregman, according to a source.

Bregman wouldn't have been eligible for free agency until after the 2022 season. The new deal kicks in this year, so it buys out his first two years of free agency as well as his arbitration years.

The Astros drafted Bregman with the second overall pick in 2015. He finished fifth in MVP voting last season.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

A.J. Hinch Suspended One Game After Issue With Umpire

Mar 18, 2019 7:59 AM

Major League Baseball suspended A.J. Hinch for one spring training game after he was ejected from a recent game and called umpire Angel Hernandez "unprofessional" and "arrogant" afterward.

Hinch served the suspension on Sunday when the Houston Astros faced the Atlanta Braves.

"The fact that he wanted to throw me out in a spring training game is pretty ridiculous," Hinch said after being tossed one pitch into the bottom of the first inning. "He's known for overreaction a little bit."

Hinch's postgame comments angered Hernandez.

"He said that? Write it," Hernandez said before adding, "No comment. He got ejected for arguing balls and strikes. That's it."

Hinch said about a week ago Hernandez admitted to him that he gets about four ball-strike calls wrong per game.


Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

Astros' Francis Martes Suspended 80 Games

Mar 13, 2019 7:44 AM

Houston Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the banned performance-enhancing drug Clomiphene.

The anti-estrogen substance is used in fertility treatments and is employed by men to accelerate testosterone production. It is often taken along with steroids.

The Astros said in a statement that "we hope that Francis can learn from this experience and that he returns to have a successful career."

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Astros Have Made Multiple Offers To Dallas Keuchel

Mar 8, 2019 8:43 AM

The Houston Astros remain in touch with Dallas Keuchel.

According to a report, the Astros have made one- and two-year offers to Keuchel but they weren't in the range the pitcher was seeking.

The Philadelphia Phillies have been linked to him as well.

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Justin Verlander Experimenting With Changeup

Mar 8, 2019 8:33 AM

Justin Verlander is attempting to add a pitch to his repertoire this spring by mixing in a changeup.

"I saw the reactions I wanted on almost every one I threw," Verlander said.

He threw seven changeups during an exhibition win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday.

Verlander is earning $28 million this year at age 36, part of a deal that includes a $22 million vesting option for 2020 with the Houston Astros.



Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

Scott Boras Talking To Multiple Teams About Dallas Keuchel

Mar 7, 2019 8:04 AM

Scott Boras claims the market for Dallas Keuchel is beginning to pick up.

"You really have to let the market come to you," the agent said. "It's amazing that it hasn't in an earlier timeframe. It is now, because we're in discussion with a number of teams about Dallas.

"The best that we can do is that the need for the player and the demand for the players is something where the best pitchers and the best players, in this system -- as it was with [Jake] Arrieta last year or J.D. Martinez, who was a near-MVP -- these guys are not signing until March. It's not because they're not valuable."

The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies remain linked to Keuchel.


Tags: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Dallas Keuchel Not Ready To Hit 'Panic Button' On Free Agency
Spring Training games have begun and Dallas Keuchel remains on the free agent market.

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Astros Will Explore Extensions For Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander
Both Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are set to become free agents at season's end.

Alyson Footer/MLB

Alex Bregman: No City I Want To Beat More Than Boston
Alex Bregman is stirring things up with the Red Sox, who eliminated the Astros in last year's ALCS.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Justin Verlander: Free Agent System Is Broken
Justin Verlander doesn't buy the theory that the market for big time free agents has been limited by rebuilding clubs this offseason.


Wade Miley, Astros Agree Upon $4.5M Deal
The agreement includes an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses, in $100,000 increments for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 games started and $100,000 if he reaches 25, 35, 45, 55 and 60 relief appearances


Alex Bregman Predicts Astros Will Become A 'Dynasty'
Alex Bregman sees more success for the Astros in the future.


Alex Bregman Undergoes Right Elbow Surgery
Alex Bregman will be limited at the start of spring training but is expected to be ready to play prior to the start of the regular season.

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

Astros Lead Ceasars' Projected Win Totals At 97.5
Caesars Entertainment's sportsbook in Las Vegas has started taking bets on win totals for the upcoming MLB season.

David Purdum/ESPN

Astros Back In Mix To Trade For J.T. Realmuto
The Astros have resurfaced as a potential destination for J.T. Realmuto, according to a source.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Astros Sign Michael Brantley To Two-Year, $32M Deal
Michael Brantley gives the Astros a left-handed bat in the middle of their lineup.


Astros, Robinson Chirinos Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Chirinos, 34, posted career highs in home runs (18) and RBIs (65) for the Rangers last season.


Blue Jays Have Interest In Dallas Keuchel
The Blue Jays saw their starters post a 5.14 ERA last season, third worst in the Major Leagues.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Reds Have Serious Interest In Dallas Keuchel
The Reds have also reached out to J.A. Happ.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Astros Among Those Pursuing Nathan Eovaldi
The Phillies, Yankees, Brewers, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants and Padres have also been linked to Nathan Eovaldi.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Astros Send Pitching Prospect To Jays For Aledmys Diaz
The Astros gave up minor league pitcher Trent Thornton to the Blue Jays on Saturday.


O's Hire Mike Elias As New GM
The Orioles have also given former Astros assistant GM Mike Elias the title of executive vice president.


Orioles Expected To Hire Mike Elias As GM
The Astros are looking for a new lead executive and Mike Elias is the leader to be named the club's general manager.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Dallas Keuchel Willing To Shave Beard For Yankees
The Yankees need pitching and Dallas Keuchel would fill a need as a free agent.

FOX Business

Jose Altuve Expects To Be '120 Percent' Ready For Spring Training
Jose Altuve expects to be "120 percent" ready by the start of spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a patella avulsion fracture in his right knee in October.


Astros Among Clubs Talking To Mariners About James Paxton
James Paxton is signed through 2020 and is projected to earn $9 million in 2019.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic