Astros: Saying Goodbye to Luis Valbuena

Time to look back on a brief Astros career for a certain infielder that had a penchant for bat flips. Believe it or not, but the Astros acquired Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily for Dexter Fowler exactly two years ago yesterday. But in 2017 Houston moves on from the last reminder of that trade. Valbuena, […] Astros: Saying Goodbye to Luis Valbuena - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing...
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1 hour ago

How Astros are affected by the Dan Straily trade to Marlins

The Dan Straily trade should make Astros fans apprehensive about trading for a pitcher. Last spring, Dan Straily reported to the Houston Astros camp expecting to compete for the rotation. After spending most of 2015 with the Triple-A Grizzlies, the team didn’t appear patient with him. The rotation had several options, so the Astros wanted […] How Astros are affected by the Dan...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
4 hours ago

McCann busy studying Astros' pitching staff

When new Astros catcher Brian McCann gets to Spring Training next month, he'll already have an understanding of what each pitcher on the team's 40-man roster has in his arsenal after studying video clips since he was traded in November.
15 hours ago

Mike Fiers and Astros agree to $3.45 million, 1-year deal

HOUSTON (AP) Right-hander Mike Fiers and the Houston Astros have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a $3.45 million, one-year contract. The deal Thursday avoided a hearing next month. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Fiers settled at the midpoint of the $3.9 million he had asked for and the $3 million the team offered him when the sides swapped proposed salaries...
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Astros and RHP Mike Fiers reach a deal to avoid arbitration

The Astros and Mike Fiers meet in the middle to avoid arbitration. The day after Jeff Bagwell is elected to the 2017 Hall of Fame class, the Astros make more news. No, they didn’t trade for Chris Archer, Jose Quintana, or Sonny Gray. Those players seem less likely to be acquired as time passes, maybe by […] Astros and RHP Mike Fiers reach a deal to avoid arbitration - Climbing...
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18 hours ago

Correa reconnects at Sunshine Kids party

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa saw a familiar smile Thursday morning and then couldn't help but grin himself. The young face of Angel Rodriguez peeked from under an Astros cap, and Correa recognized him right away.
18 hours ago

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
21 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 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.
22 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
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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
10 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

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