Houston Astros tender contracts to 7 players as expected

The next step in the offseason will start making the Houston Astros team payroll more that an estimation. During the Houston Astros offseason that has seen them be very aggressive, it came to no surprise that signed Nori Aoki before the deadline last night. The two sides agreed to a deal before the agreement on […] Houston Astros tender contracts to 7 players as expected - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
4 hours ago

Astros: Would Encarnacion or Beltran Be Better Fit?

The Astros are rumored to be after two big bats, which would be better? After trading for catcher Brian McCann and signing outfielder Josh Reddick, the Astros may not be done adding offense. It has been reported the team is pursuing both first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion and outfielder/DH Carlos Beltran and that the team is […] Astros: Would Encarnacion or Beltran Be Better Fit...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
8 hours ago

Astros: A look at how the new MLB CBA affects the Stros

Looking at the new CBA through the eyes of an Astros fan. Good morning Astros fans! Are you still hung over from all the Edwin Encarnacion rumors a couple of nights ago? I’m sorry to report that there has been no deal (yet) for the slugging first baseman. With all the reports being thrown around […] Astros: A look at how the new MLB CBA affects the Stros - Climbing Tal's Hill...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 day ago

Sources: Springer on US provisional roster for WBC

George Springer is on the United States' provisional roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, sources told's Jon Morosi on Friday, and the Astros' right fielder is reportedly strongly considering playing.
1 day ago

Starting pitching, bat among Astros' goals

If everything goes the way Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has scripted it, Houston will have the luxury of having its major offseason moves done by the start of the Winter Meetings, freeing the club to focus on complementary pieces.
2 days ago

Astros Avoid Arbitration With Nori Aoki

The Astros agreed with outfielder Nori Aoki on a $5.5MM deal with him to avoid arbitration, according to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). MLBTR had projected a $6.8MM salary for the veteran, so this represents a rather notable cost savings for the club. While Aoki could have justifiably asked for a raise, the alternative was to test the open market. Though it’s...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Twins sign catcher Jason Castro for 3 years, $24.5 million

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have signed former Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro to a three-year contract worth $24.5 million. The deal was agreed to last week and finalized Wednesday. Castro will make $8.5 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. He became a free agent after six seasons with the Astros, hitting .232 with 114 doubles, 62 home runs...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister Represents Best Value On The Free Agent Market This Winter

Major League Baseball Free Agency has been underway for weeks now and the action should start to heat up with the Winter Meetings taking place starting on Sunday in National Harbor located just outside of Washington D.C. While we have seen a few signings here and there, most of the action is yet to take place and there is one name I am keeping an eye on this winter. That name is...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago

Mariners Interested In Doug Fister

As the Mariners look to bolster their rotation, free agent righty Doug Fister is a “name of interest” to the organization, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. Already a plausible pursuer of starting pitching, the M’s now appear clearly in need of another arm after dealing Taijuan Walker. Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto has acknowledged that the club would look to...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago

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
9 days ago  |  Discuss

AP Source: Astros agree to 4-year, $52M deal with Reddick

HOUSTON (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Josh Reddick has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Houston Astros. The person spoke Monday on the condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced by the team. The 29-year old Reddick played for the Oakland Athletics from 2012 until he was...
Via Associated Press
11 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...
Via Fangraphs
15 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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 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
17 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...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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