ASTROS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Astros, Mike Fiers Avoid Arbitration

The Astros have avoided arbitration with right-hander Mike Fiers by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.45MM, reports Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). Fiers had filed for a $3.9MM salary, while the team countered at $3MM, as can be seen in MLBTR’s 2017 Arbitration Tracker. His ultimate $3.45MM contract will land directly on the midpoint between those two proposed...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 hours ago

Source: Astros' Fiers gets $3.45M, avoids arbitration

The Astros agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.45 million with pitcher Mike Fiers on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, a source told MLB.com. That figure is the midpoint between what Fiers had filed ($3.9 million) and what the Astros offered ($3 million). The team has not confirmed the contract.
Via Astros.com
3 hours ago

In The Bag: Jeff Officially A Legend

The Houston Astros teams from 1997 to 2005 were fantastic, but they never get the credit they deserve. Maybe that's why it took so long for Jeff Bagwell, the best player on those teams, to make the Hall of Fame. Either way, it's about time.
Via Sports On Earth
8 hours ago

Astros Caravan visits Urban Youth Academy

The questions came in hot and heavy for George Springer, Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. A group of teenage players at the Urban Youth Academy peppered the Astros stars about their routines, nutrition, what pitches they hate to face and more as part of the team's annual Caravan.
Via Astros.com
18 hours ago

Longtime Astros slugger Bagwell elected to Hall of Fame

HOUSTON (AP) Jeff Bagwell struggled to describe how he felt soon after being elected to the Hall of Fame in his seventh year on the ballot. ''I don't even know what to say,'' he said after Wednesday's vote announcement. ''There's no greater thing you can get personally than the Hall of Fame. You can do some stuff team-wise and all that kind of stuff, but personally this is a big...
Via Associated Press
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros are looking at some starting pitcher from somewhere

The Astros have looked all offseason for an upgrade in the starting rotation. With the way the Houston Astros have improved their offense this offseason, they have only tweaked the rotation. Despite the moves, the national media still feels like the Astros are one starter away from championship contention. The team seems to feel the […] Astros are looking at some starting pitcher...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 day ago

Astros: This Bullpen Could Be Something Else in 2017

Perceptions of a team’s bullpen can be as volatile as anything else in baseball. The Astros of last year was a good example. When you examine the Astros bullpen, there was plenty to like about it. Honestly it is perceived to be the right mixture of veteran leadership with young arms. So why did Houston’s […] Astros: This Bullpen Could Be Something Else in 2017 - Climbing Tal...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 day ago

Keuchel, Astros agree to $9.15 million, 1-year contract

HOUSTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration when the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner agreed Friday to a $9.15 million, one-year contract following a subpar season. The left-hander, who turned 29 on New Year's Day, was 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts last year and won his third straight Gold Glove after going 20-8 with a career-best 2.48 ERA in...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rays Interesting Bet On Colby Rasmus

Since this decade began, the home-run leaders among players who’ve recorded at least two-thirds of their games in center field are (in order) Adam Jones, Mike Trout, and Andrew McCutchen. Coming not too far after those three is Colby Rasmus, who’s authored 140 homers over the past seven seasons. Rasmus is coming off a pretty miserable 2016 season, during which he hit well below...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Colby Rasmus agrees to deal with Rays

Colby Rasmus is back in the American League East. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a deal with the free agent outfielder. Rasmus, 30, managed 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in 107 appearances for the Houston Astros last season but posted an anemic .206/.286/.355 slash line (all career lows). He was a strong asset defensively...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A Very Stupid Jose Altuve Hypothetical

There are certain club options we just take for granted. Andrew McCutchen has only one guaranteed year remaining on his deal, but it’s almost unimaginable that his employer might turn down his $14.5-million club option for 2018. Similarly, Chris Sale has only one guaranteed year remaining, but then he has consecutive club options, worth $12.5 million and $15 million, respectively...
Via Fangraphs
December 14, 2016  |  Discuss

The Key to the 2017 Astros

The Astros have had an interesting offseason thus far. They’ve signed Josh Reddick to play the outfield, claimed Nori Aoki off waivers, rolled the dice on Charlie Morton to beef up their rotation, and doled out perhaps a bit too much to acquire Brian McCann. They just signed Carlos Beltran to be their DH, too.  If nothing else, we may very well figure out if there’s a critical...
Via Fangraphs
December 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Nearly 12 Years Later, Houston Re-Signs Carlos Beltrán

In April, Carlos Beltrán will be 40 years old. He will also be at the beginning of his 20th Major League Baseball season. A season that will begin and end with the Houston Astros, a club he last played for in 2004. But for a better part of the last 12 years, Astros faithful haven’t been his biggest fans. This stems from the winter of 2005, when Beltrán opted for the New York...
Via The Sports Post
December 03, 2016  |  Discuss
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