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Houston Astros: Top 10 Prospects for 2015

The Astros made a leap forward in 2014.  Jose Altuve stepped up as an offensive leader and George Springer showed he has potential.  The Astros still aren’t a winning team, but they’re certainly making steps towards it, with plenty of promising prospects closer to helping. Houston has addressed their bullpen this offseason, and despite Singleton and Springer graduating off...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Sign Jed Lowrie

The Houston Astros have agreed to a three year deal with shortstop Jed Lowrie which will guarantee him $23 million. Lowrie was previously a member of the Astros in 2012 after the Boston Red Sox traded him along with Kyle Weiland in exchange for Mark Melancon. He spent the last two years with the Oakland Athletics. The 30 year-old Lowrie has battled injury troubles throughout...
Via Baseball News Source
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Shortstop Jed Lowrie returns to Houston

HOUSTON (AP) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow says one of the team's priorities was to improve the infield, and the addition of Jed Lowrie does just that. Lowrie played for Houston in 2012 before he was traded to Oakland and spent two seasons with the Athletics. He returned to the Astros on Monday when he agreed to a $23 million, three-year contract. Lowrie says he felt he had...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros bring back Jed Lowie on three-year deal

After years of being a laughing stock in the NL Central and then the AL West, the Houston Astros are showing a penchant for adding players this offseason. The latest addition by the Astros is infielder Jed Lowie who signed a three-year deal worth $23 million guaranteed. The deal includes a fourth year option. With Lowie now off the market the best options for shortstop needy teams...
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Jed Lowrie returns to Astros on three-year deal

Before Spring Training 2013, the Houston Astros traded shortstop Jed Lowrie to the Oakland Athletics for a package of three players headlined by Chris Carter, who has launched 66 homers in two seasons with the club. Today, Houston brought the 30-year old Lowrie back on a three-year deal that also contains a club option for the 2018 season. The contract is worth $23 million over three...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels Sweepstakes: Houston, We Have A Problem

First and foremost, the Houston Astros should be commended for their recent additions of Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek; a 911 call to its bullpen was at the top of their Christmas list — 73 save-situation meltdowns combined with a 4.69 ERA over the last three campaigns will leave an organization scrambling to stop the bleeding. Now, the problem at hand: according to Nick Cafardo...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumor: Astros Potential Hamels Trade Partner?

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Houston Astros have joined the ranks of teams that are interested in Cole Hamels. Cafardo calls the Astros a “dark horse” trade partner candidate alongside other presumed potential trade partners in the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, and Rangers. Cafardo also lists the Giants as a possible destination for Hamels. Analysis: The...
Via Phillies Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros finalize deals with Gregerson, Neshek,

HOUSTON (AP) The Astros have finalized contract with relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek. Gregerson is guaranteed $18.5 million over three years from Houston and Neshek $12.5 million over two years. The contracts were agreed to this week at the winter meetings and announced Friday. Gregerson, 30, spent five years with San Diego, then went 5-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 72 appearances...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Concede 2015 Playoff Berth, Schedule Taylor Swift Concert in October

The Houston Astros have not made the playoffs since 2005, have not eclipsed 76 wins since 2009 and have lost an average of 104 games over the last four years. Although anything can happen in baseball, it does not appear likely that they will be returning to the postseason in 2015 therefore have done the Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Are Still The Very Best

Who else misses the Astros in the NL Central? They haven’t had a winning season since 2008. Their combined record since 2011 is 232-416. And now they’re going all in on Pat Neshek for 2 years and 12.5M dollars, snagging him from the Pirates in the final seconds of his decision. Yeah, yeah… BUT THE YOUTH – SO MUCH YOUTH! Well, the Astros must think they’re close, because...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros book Taylor Swift concert at stadium during playoffs

The Houston Astros are so confident they won’t make the playoffs next season that they have scheduled a Taylor Swift concert to be held at Minute Maid Park in the middle of October. Shake it off, y'all. @taylorswift13 brings her 1989 tour to #MMP on October 13, 2015. — Houston Astros (@astros) December 11,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston snatches another solid reliever in Pat Neshek

Hey look, the Houston Astros have signed a second reliever today. Pat Neshek is going to the club on a two-year, $12.5 million contract. Reliever Pat Neshek, pursued by #Pirates, signs with #Astros for two years, $12.5 million, pending physical. Gets to stay in FLA for spring. — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) December 10, 2014 The 34-year old lefty had a shockingly good year with the...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Sign Both Luke Gregerson And Pat Neshek

The Houston Astros addressed their bullpen this morning in one fell swoop locking up both Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to multi-year deals. Gregerson and the Astros agreed on a 3 year pact that will see the reliable veteran earn $18.5 million over the course of the deal with an opportunity for an additional $2.5 million in incentives. The Houston #Astros, who tried to sign Andrew...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros reportedly ink Luke Gregerson to three-year deal

The Houston Astros wanted a top reliever, a sentiment we questioned yesterday. Today, they got him, inking former Oakland Athletic Luke Gregerson to a three-year, $18.5 million deal. Luke Gregerson reaches 3 year, $18.5 million deal with Houston #Astros; becoming 3rd richest reliever in #MLB this winter. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 10, 2014   The A’s acquired...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Add Luke Gregerson, Possible Trade Chip

The Astros have made it clear that they intend to upgrade their bullpen this winter, chasing Andrew Miller and David Robertson with significant four year offers before watching both sign with other teams. So this morning, they turned to Plan C, reportedly signing Luke Gregerson to a three year, $18.5 million contract, according to Bob […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Why are the Astros chasing expensive relievers?

One of the more curious developments thus far into the offseason is the Houston Astros’ interest in paying big money to a free agent reliever. The team was linked to Andrew Miller before the left-hander signed with the Yankees, and was also reportedly pursuing closer David Robertson before he agreed to a deal with the White Sox. For a club committed to the slow build and applying...
Via Bloguin Best
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Continue Looking for Relievers

After missing out of southpaw Andrew Miller, the Houston Astros will be looking elsewhere to bolster their bullpen for the 2015 season. The Astros have been targeting bullpen help all off-season, and may now turn their efforts to land David Robertson, as the free agent closer’s chances of returning to the New York Yankees appear to have significantly dwindled by Miller’s signing...
Via Baseball Essential
13 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
November 06, 2014  |  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
November 02, 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...
September 27, 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...
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

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

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