Astros 2017 Projection: What to expect from Alex Bregman

What Fangraphs ZiPS expects from the Astros third baseman, Alex Bregman. Chris Sale, Chris Archer, and Jose Quintana have been targeted this offseason by the Houston Astros. While we don’t exactly know what pieces were involved in the talks, we can assume Alex Bregman was asked for in talks. With the Astros ABCs quartet including Jose […] Astros 2017 Projection: What to expect...
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6 hours ago

Prospect Podcast Episode 17: Top Houston Astros Prospects, Moncada, and Giolito

After a week of action like this week I feel like I need a cigarette now that the winter meetings have come to a close. Lots of prospects moving, mostly to Southside of Chicago, and lots of player evals to update. The work of a Prospector is truly never done. Of course your Loyal H.P.I.C and my digital Sherpa Michael Halpern of have to give you our two cents...
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Cuban left-hander gets $2 million bonus from Astros

HOUSTON (AP) A 20-year-old Cuban pitcher has agreed to a minor league contract with the Houston Astros that includes a $2 million signing bonus. The agreement involving left-hander Cionel Perez was announced Friday and is part of the last international signing period without a cap on bonuses. Starting July 2, teams will not be able to exceed set limits each year that start at...
Via Associated Press
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Cuban LHP Cionel Perez Re-Signed

  The Houston Astros have signed Cuban LHP Cionel Perez…again. The Astros originally signed Cionel Perez to a $5.15 MM contract in September, but the agreement was scratched because of a supposed medical issue per report. It was never specified what exactly the issue was, but the Astros didn’t feel right about something. They voided […] Houston Astros: Cuban LHP Cionel Perez...
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22 hours ago

Astros, Cuban lefty Perez agree to revised deal

Cionel Perez once again has a deal with the Astros. On Friday, the 20-year-old Cuban left-handed pitcher announced in a statement from his agent that he'd signed a $2 million deal with Houston, despite issues they have with Major League Baseball's international signing bonus system. The Astros announced the signing Friday afternoon but did not disclose the financial terms of the contract.
1 day ago

Astros: The Current Starting Rotation Could Be Just Good Enough

One of the main goals of the Astros this offseason was to acquire a top of the line starting pitcher. Before we hear how the Astros failed to step up and acquire Chris Sale or anybody else during the Winter Meetings, I want to state one small detail. THE OFFSEASON ISN’T OVER YET. MOVES CAN […] Astros: The Current Starting Rotation Could Be Just Good Enough - Climbing Tal's Hill...
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1 day ago

Astros Agree To New Deal With Cuban Lefty Cionel Perez

The Astros and young Cuban left-hander Cionel Perez have agreed to a new deal that comes with a $2MM signing bonus, reports’s Jesse Sanchez (via Twitter). Houston and Perez had originally agreed to a $5.15MM signing bonus back in September, but in October it was reported by Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen and ESPN’s Keith Law that the deal had been voided for medical reasons...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

2017 ZiPS Projections – Houston Astros

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Houston Astros. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Chicago NL / San Diego / Toronto...
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Astros set up potential post-Meetings moves

The Astros roared into the Winter Meetings as one of the most aggressive teams of the offseason, making four significant additions to their lineup and getting a starting pitcher before landing in the nation's capital. Things quieted down as the Meetings progressed, at least publicly. Behind the scenes, Houston was working to land another starting pitcher and some bullpen help, though...
2 days ago

Astros lose RHP Hauschild to Rangers in Rule 5 Draft

Right-handed pitcher Mike Hauschild, who was drafted in the 33rd round by the Astros in 2012 and went 9-10 with a 3.22 ERA in 24 starts last season at Triple-A Fresno, was taken by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft on Friday.
2 days 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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4 days ago  |  Discuss

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
5 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
5 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
5 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
7 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
22 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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22 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
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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