Astros can still sign Encarnacion, and here’s how

The Astros have been rumored to be listening on Evan Gattis, so here is a way to still add Edwin Encarnacion if the price drops. Though Astros owner Jim Crane recently stated the team is probably done making big moves, I wouldn’t be so quick to remove that possibility from the table. In fact, there […] Astros can still sign Encarnacion, and here’s how - Climbing Tal's Hill...
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When Getting Older Is A Good Thing

The Houston Astros have made significant roster additions in the past two weeks. Adding Brian McCann, Josh Reddick, Nori Aoki, and Carlos Beltran. Those players respectively will be 33, 30, 35, 39 years of age by the start of the 2017 season.  This was a Houston Astros team that at times struggled through extended stretches […] Houston Astros: When Getting Older Is A Good Thing...
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1 hour ago

A look at the rest of the 25-man roster

We can predict most of the guys on the Houston Astros 25-man roster, but let’s look at the 24th and 25th players. So now what happens to the rest of the 25-man roster? We know about the big splashes the Houston Astros have made in the last couple of weeks. However, solidifying the back of […] Houston Astros: A look at the rest of the 25-man roster - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing...
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10 hours ago

Hinch feeling bullish about Astros' bats

Acquiring veteran hitters to an already solid core has given manager A.J. Hinch one of the deepest lineups in baseball. Needless to say, he likes where his team is headed in 2017.
21 hours ago

Astros focusing rest of Winter Meetings on arms

Having acquired key offensive pieces within the past few weeks, the Astros are spending the remainder of the Winter Meetings trying to land another starting pitcher to bolster the rotation.
22 hours ago

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...
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Tix, meet-and-greet with Altuve up for bid

Astros fans have a chance to bid for a meet-and-greet with Jose Altuve as part of a prize in MLB's annual "Play Ball" auction initiative, which this year will help dedicate a youth baseball and softball field in the name of late Mets staffer Shannon Forde.
1 day ago

Astros Claim Ashur Tolliver From Angels

The Astros have claimed left-hander Ashur Tolliver off waivers from the Angels, tweets Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The 28-year-old reliever made his big league debut with the Orioles last season after impressing with a 2.23 ERA, 10.2 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 44 1/3 innings across three minor league level. However, Tolliver was still designated for assignment when the Orioles...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Beltran, Astros finalize $16 million, 1-year contract

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Beltran and the Houston Astros have finalized a $16 million, one-year contract. Beltran was to be introduced Monday at Minute Maid Park. The Astros have been busy boosting their lineup since missing the playoffs, trading for catcher Brian McCann and adding free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick. Beltran turns 40 in April. He hit a combined .295 with 29 home runs...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Gauging Interest In Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers

The Astros are known to be looking for a front-end arm to add to their rotation, but they’re also “dangling” right-handers Collin McHugh and Mike Fiers in an effort to create flexibility on their roster and in the payroll, reports ESPN’s Jayson Stark. McHugh, 29, has been one of the Astros’ best finds since Jeff Luhnow took over as the team’s general manager. Plucked...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros not on Reddick's radar at beginning of free agency

HOUSTON (AP) Josh Reddick never expected to hear from the Houston Astros. ''I didn't know if I was on these guy's radar,'' the outfielder said Wednesday after finalizing a $52 million, four-year contract. ''It was something that came out of nowhere for me, not in a bad way. I was very excited to hear from them. Texas is something that brings me a little closer to home.'' Reddick...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Acquire Veteran Game Caller Brian McCann

Without looking at either team too hard, you might think the Astros needed major league pitching and the Yankees needed major league pitching. So of course the Yankees traded catcher Brian McCann to the Astros for prospect right-handers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. We’ll learn more about the prospects (other than their high velocity fastballs) later, but the major league teams...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick reportedly agrees to four-year deal with Astros

The Houston Astros aren’t playing around this offseason. According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Thursday, the Astros have agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, pending a physical. Sources: Astros have agreed to a deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, pending a physical. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Braves showing serious interest in Jason Castro

Looking to put a 68-93 season behind them, the Atlanta Braves continue to turn to the free agent market in the hopes of retooling their roster. According to a report by Buster Olney of ESPN on Wednesday, the Braves are among the most serious bidders for free agent catcher Jason Castro. The Braves are also among the most serious bidders for catcher Jason Castro, as they look at...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Sign Charlie Morton; AL West Lefties Rejoice

This morning, the Astros announced that they have signed Charlie Morton to a two year, $14 million contract, bringing the right-hander to Houston to bolster their pitching depth. And as Mike Petriello notes, there’s some obvious synergy here. Charlie Morton was top 5 (min. 50 thrown) in curve spin last year (2990 RPM). The Astros threw more curves as last year went on. Easy fit...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

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