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ASTROS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Astros show interest in David Robertson

The Houston Astros have contacted Scott Leventhal, David Robertson‘s agent, to express the interest in the free agent reliever, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. Previously, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reported that the Astros were aggressively pursuing a top closer. He named Robertson, Sergio Romo and Andrew Miller. As many as a six teams have reached out to the...
Via On-Base Talk
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston interested in closer David Robertson

The Houston Astros have been vocal about the desire to add a closer in the offseason. They have been linked to closing options Sergio Romo and Andrew Miller, but now you can add the top closer on the market, David Robertson, to the list. #456407084 / gettyimages.com Ken Davidoff of the New York Post says that according to sources, the Astros have contacted Robertson's agent...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers claim RHP Zeid on waivers from Astros

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have claimed right-handed reliever Josh Zeid on waivers from the Houston Astros. The Tigers made the move Thursday. The 27-year-old Zeid was 0-0 with a 6.97 ERA in 23 games for the Astros. He went on the disabled list in late July and needed season-ending surgery on both feet because of a painful condition called bilateral sesamoiditis.
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros agree to 1-year deal with OF Alex Presley, avoid arbitration

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract with Alex Presley, avoiding arbitration with the outfielder. Terms of the deal weren't released. The 29-year-old hit. 244 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 89 games for Houston last season. He played all three outfield positions, starting in 29 games in left field, 20 in right and 14 in center. It was his first year...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Get Their Jose Molina

Sometimes, a transaction is so immediately obvious you don’t have to spend any time at all trying to work out the rationale behind it. Other times, a transaction only seems that immediately obvious, because we’re not privy to all of the relevant information. In each case, though, we get to pretend like the move in […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: Mike Elias, Houston Astros Director of Amateur Scouting

Scheduling Note: This week’s Sunday Notes column will appear in its usual format on Tuesday. Today we have a long conversation with Mike Elias on the subject of amateur scouting. Enjoy! —— Mike Elias was hired as director of amateur scouting for the Houston Astros in August, 2012. The 31-year-old former Yale University lefthander is […]
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Judge OKs plan to put Astros, Rockets games on most Houston TVs

  A Houston judge has approved a bankruptcy reorganization plan allowing AT&T and DirecTV to buy Comcast SportsNet Houston and convert it to Root Sports Houston, allowing Houston Astros and Rockets games to be seen by a much wider television audience. Comcast and several cable providers including AT&T and DirecTV never agreed to carriage rights for the network, leaving the...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros could ditch Tal’s Hill in Minute Maid Park renovations

Minute Maid Park may be losing one of MLB’s most distinct — but likely not beloved — features in an upcoming renovation. The Houston Astros are planning updates to their home ballpark and the team announced it’s hired an architectural firm, MSA Architects, to explore possibilities for changes to the center field area during the 2016 offseason. Team president Reid Ryan said...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston expected to add to bullpen this offseason

The Houston Astros won 70 games and finished 28 games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West this past season. Although 21st in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 25th in ERA, the Astros showed marked improvement over the 51-win team of 2013.  The Astros expect to be very busy this off season. Owner Jim Crane, pictured below, said the team will increase payroll...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Feldman on Scuffed Balls, Lopsided Balls, and Pitching Up

Scott Feldman knows a lot about pitching — the 31-year-old Houston Astros righthander just completed his tenth big-league season – which means he knows a lot about baseballs. When he gets a new one on the mound, Feldman immediately recognizes its specific shape and texture. Not every baseball feels exactly the same. Feldman is likewise […]
Via Fangraphs
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Mark Appel's stock is rising

During 2014 Houston Astros' prospect Mark Appel got a lot of attention for the wrong reasons.  He although he was pitching poorly, he was promoted throughout levels of the minor league system because of what many felt was simply because he was a former number one overall pick.  But this fall while pitching against the best prospects the league has to offer in the Arizona Fall...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Furntiture mogul makes good on $4M Astros promotion gamble

When Jim McIngvale, known in Texas as “Mattress Mack,” gave the okay on a promotion for his Gallery Furniture store that was tied to the number of games the Houston Astros would win this past season, he understood it came with some semblance of risk. But in the end, McIngvale is more than happy with […] The post Furntiture store mogul makes good on $4M promotion gamble on...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros Astros Cost Jon a Championship

Just when you think you have the matchup locked up, things turn for the worse. You want to tell someone, but who? No one cares, especially the guys in your league.”Quit whining, loser.” We care. We can’t offer much — not even a pat on the back or an empathetic nod, but we can give you a voice. This submission came from Jon. It’s short and painful but ends on a hopeful note...
Via Baseball Professor
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

The Houston Astros announced Monday that A.J. Hinch will be their next manager. “The goal is to win championships,” Hinch said. “The arrow is turning toward success in talking about winning a little bit and talking about the ultimate goal. I’m proud to be here. To wear this orange and blue is something I cherish, and to put this uniform on and be called the ‘Skipper’...
Via Sports-Glory
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio vs Derek Jeter: who’s better?

Craig Biggio is one of the best second baseman in MLB history, and his stats prove that Derek Jeter has been the talk of baseball for the past few weeks as his career starts to wind down. There’s no doubt that Jeter will be a Hall of Famer, but really, in my opinion, if Craig Biggio has not gotten in yet, then Jeter should have to wait as well. That being said, there is no chance...
Via isportsweb.com
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jose Altuve jumped to try and hit a pitch

In case you weren’t aware, Jose Altuve is short. How short? Well…. Can you blame him for trying? The guy hits EVERYTHING. http://t.co/mImMfuOzgO — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 23, 2014 That’s absurdity at its most absurd. The soon to be AL batting champion finished with just one hit in Houston’s 4-3 loss to Texas on Monday night. The post Jose Altuve jumped trying to...
Via The Outside Corner
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Houston Astros

Yes, the Astros are finishing under .500 again. For those keeping score at home, this was the sixth straight season where the Astros didn’t sniff 81 wins. However, the team also didn’t lose 100 games for the first time since 2010, and could even avoid 90 this year. They’re still a bad team, but they’re nowhere near as bad as they have been. Whenever a team increases their...
Via The Outside Corner
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros, a team on the rise

George Springer is one of the main reasons for optimism among Astros fans The Houston Astros have the lowest payroll in the the majors, one of the youngest teams, and have had the worst record in baseball multiple years in a row. Safe to say, it has been a rough couple of years for the once competitive franchise. The Astros were perennial playoff contenders up until just a few years...
Via isportsweb.com
September 10, 2014  |  1 Comment

Astros' 63rd win costs Houston furniture dealer $4 million

All things considered, the Houston Astros have had a successful season.  After losing 106, 107, then 113 games the past few years, they are guaranteed not to lose 100 in 2014, as the team won their 63rd of 2014 and we’re still just one week into September.  Legendary Houston furniture tycoon Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (of Gallery Furniture) promised to refund full purchase...
Via Reading Between The Seams
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Collin McHugh - a flower amidst the ruins

The Houston Astros have been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Another big losing season (with some improvement) meant the chopping block for their highly regarded manager, Bo Porter. Some young studs have been brought up from the minors (with some controversy) and have not delivered. But amidst such a ruinous season has emerged Collin McHugh as a bright spot.Collin...
Via The Flagrant Fan
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Fire Manager Bo Porter, Bench Coach Dave Trembley

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros have fired manager Bo Porter in his second season with the club. General manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn’t based on Houston’s record but because “we need a new direction in our clubhouse.” “Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned,” Luhnow said in a statement. “This decision was not made...
Via NESN.com
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros relieve manager Bo Porter of his duties

According to a team press release, the Houston Astros have fired their manager Bo Porter. The team additionally relieved Bench Coach Dave Trembley of his duties. Tom Lawless will be the team’s interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season. This move may not come as a surprise to many, as earlier in the […]
Via On-Base Talk
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan at Astros game has terrible first pitch

One lucky Astros fan was invited to throw out the first pitch before Tuesday night's Athletics-Astros game. And after watching her fail as badly as 50 Cent did, the team may want to consider vetting their choices next time...
Via The Sports Daily
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros star in terrible mall commercial of their own

The “intentionally terrible” mall commercial that has caught fire this week has inspired numerous parodies, and Houston Astros pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh starred in a remake of their own. Quickly, two thoughts. 1) Why are they advertising “back to baseball” when we’re near the end of August? 2) Is someone going to get wound up at a pitcher advertising pine...
Via Awful Announcing
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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