ASTROS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Astros ride McCullers' arm to win over Angels

Lance McCullers faced the game's most productive offense this month and dominated, twirling eight-plus scoreless innings against the streaking Angels to lead his Astros to a 2-1 victory at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.
Via Astros.com
38 minutes ago

Houston Astros trade rumors: starting pitching edition

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has already alluded to the fact that he expects to make some sort of trade before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. In terms of potential big moves, the expectation is the Astros will not be as active at the deadline as last July, when they sent two prospects to the Oakland Athletics for Scott Kazmir and four to the Milwaukee Brewers...
Via isportsweb.com
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Murray: Anibal Sierra signs contract with Astros

The Houston Astros have officially signed Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra, league sources tell Today’s Knuckleball. Houston and Sierra have been in agreement on a deal since April, but finally made the move official on Friday night as the 22-year-old signed his contract with the team. Among the teams that showed interest in Sierra throughout the […] The post Murray: Anibal Sierra...
Via Today's Knuckleball
4 hours ago

Astros: Could Alex Bregman Need More Time in Left Field?

Maybe The Astros Were Not Comfortable with Bregman’s Play in the Outfield Yet. Now that we know that Alex Bregman will not be joining the Houston Astros tonight, we can look at why. There were too many people out there reporting that Bregman was set to join the Astros just to be false reporting. What […] Astros: Could Alex Bregman Need More Time in Left Field? - Climbing Tal...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
7 hours ago

Astros Call Up Preston Tucker, Alex Bregman’s Still with Fresno

Welcome back to the Astros Preston Tucker While all eyes were on Alex Bregman at last night’s Fresno Grizzlies game, Preston Tucker was the one who told reporters that it was him going back up with the Houston Astros. Tucker has earned the promotion with his play at Triple-A, I will talk more about what […] Astros Call Up Preston Tucker, Alex Bregman’s Still with Fresno - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
9 hours ago

Best Offensive 1B Seasons Through the Decades

  The best first baseman of each decade for the Astros In our continuing series of examining the best offensive seasons by Houston Astros players through the decades, we complete the infield by examining the first base position. We began this series looking at shortstop, then third base, then to second base, and now to […] Houston Astros: Best Offensive 1B Seasons Through the...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
10 hours ago

Astros recall OF Preston Tucker from Fresno

Preston Tucker is getting another opportunity with the Houston Astros, who recalled the outfielder from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. Tucker informed reporters of his promotion following the Grizzlies’ 3-0 loss to the Round Rock Express on Thursday. He went 0-for-3 in the setback, striking out twice after recording seven hits in 13 at-bats over the […] The post Astros recall OF...
Via Today's Knuckleball
23 hours ago

Report: Prince Fielder could be done for the season

The Texas Rangers were dealt bad news on Wednesday. Prince Fielder’s 2016 season may be over. Prince Fielder has another neck herniation....may be done for the season....know more after Friday exam — TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) July 20, 2016 Any time neck injuries enter into the equation, the news in very bad. In the case of Fielder, it’s even worse. He missed nearly...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Astros prospect Alex Bregman suggests he’ll be called up Friday

One of baseball’s best prospects may be making his way to the majors soon. In an interview on Tuesday, Houston Astros star prospect Alex Bregman was asked whom he may be making his debut against. Bregman’s answer hinted that his arrival may be forthcoming. “I don’t know,” Bregman said to Sean Pendergast, Rich Lord and Ted Johnson on SportsRadio 610. “I think...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ryan Blakney gives overly enthusiastic strike two call

It’s not uncommon to see a Major League Baseball umpire with an emphatic motion to signal strike three. Some have their own signature moves. On Sunday, Ryan Blakney gave an overly enthusiastic call for a strike that wasn’t the third one. With a two ball, one strike count during the top of the fifth inning of a game between the Astros and Mariners, Mike Montgomery delivered a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Altuve, McHugh pace Astros past Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Jose Altuve homered among his four hits and drove in three runs, Collin McHugh escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams to pitch six scoreless innings, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Sunday. Altuve had a two-run homer and three singles in five at-bats to raise his American League-leading average to .346. McHugh (6-6) allowed four hits and walked...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Yulieski Gurriel and Houston’s Rotation

He is 32 years old. He will always be a Cuban legend. His name is Yulieski Gurriel, and for the next five years—ideally—he will be a member of the Houston Astros. As for where he will fit, as for his production—well, that remains to be seen. From the age of 17, when Gurriel first stepped foot onto the field for Sancti Spiritus, the Cuban National Series had a star on their...
Via The Sports Post
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yulieski Gurriel is a Smart Addition for the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros made a splash move by signing cuban talent Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year $47.5 million contract. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has had his eye on Gurriel for over a decade now when he first saw him play in a tournament in Amsterdam. Lunhow is thrilled to finally bring Gurriel to the Astros after having the dream of this for so long. “To be able to...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros sign Cuban free agent Yulieski Gurriel to 5-year deal

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have signed international free agent Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year contract. Gurriel was one of the most sought international free agents since defecting from Cuba in February after competing in the Caribbean World Series in the Dominican Republic. He is 32 years old and was declared a free agent last month. Gurriel is primarily a third baseman...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Astros phenom Carlos Correa blaze around the bases and score from 2B on a wild pitch

Still need proof that Carlos Correa is among the game's brightest young stars?The Houston Astros' shortstop is in just his second major-league season, but he has the instincts of a veteran. His speed doesn't hurt, either, as he showed in the 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.Correa was on second base when Mariners lefty James Paxton uncorked a wild pitch -- one of...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros Sign Yulieski Guerriel

The Houston Astros made a major addition on Friday night without having to trade any of their prized prospects. They signed highly touted Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel to a five year 47.5 million dollar deal. The infielder had been highly sought after even though he is 32 years old as of the signing. Most scouts believe he will need only minimal time to get ready and could have...
Via The Fantasy Fix
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros inks Cuban star for 5-year, $47.5 million

The Yulieski Gourriel sweepstakes has a winner. The Houston Astros reached an agreement with the Cuban infielder on a sizable 5-year, $47.5 million deal Friday afternoon. Source: INF Yulieski Gurriel agrees to 5-year, $47.5 million deal with #Astros #Cuba More on https://t.co/mkcBseoZWQ pic.twitter.com/6uj12AgGGL — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 15, 2016 Gourriel...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Add Yulieski Gurriel to Suddenly Crowded Infield

Luis Valbuena has a 157 wRC+ since the beginning of June playing third base for the Houston Astros. Super-prospect Alex Bregman is beating down the door with his performance at Triple-A. Perfect fits be damned. Try and tell a contending club it’s got too many good players. They’ll find some room. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez just broke some news: Source: INF Yulieski Gurriel agrees...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros to sign Yulieski Gurriel

The Astros have agreed to a five-year, $47.5MM deal with infielder Yulieski Gurriel, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports on Twitter. The 32-year-old infielder makes for an interesting pre-deadline addition for the streaking Houston franchise.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Resurgence of Ken Giles

There’s a maddening midseason tradition of realizing April performances have subconsciously impacted our perceptions of players in foolish ways. No matter how many times we tell ourselves that the baseball season is long and small sample sizes are fickle tricksters, we inevitably look up in July to find out that a player written off for dead in April is actually doing quite well...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLB pitcher accuses Altuve of PED use

Rob Dibble is skeptical of Jose Altuve. During Tuesday’s All-Star game, the former pitcher took to Twitter to say that he doesn’t believe Altuve’s power numbers are entirely clean. Yea Altuve was hitting 5 or 7 HRs a year, now he has 14 in 89 games? So No PEDs and No Juiced Balls...Please — Rob Dibble (@robdibble49) July 13, 2016 When a fan accused Dibble of juicing...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

This Is Plus Command: Prospects Phil Bickford, Joe Musgrove

Now that we’ve seen the triple-digit velocities of the Major League All-Star Game, let’s take a look at two prospects who sit in the low 90s with their fastballs! If that’s not exciting enough, neither one has what you might consider a plus secondary pitch! They’re not at the top of any prospect lists! Wait. Why are we going to talk about Phil Bickford and Joe Musgrove, anyway...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Lucroy destroys reporter’s laptop with foul ball

Hopefully Astros beat writer Jake Kaplan didn’t have to meet a deadline for the Houston Chronicle right after Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game at Petco Park. In the top of the eighth inning, Kaplan’s laptop was destroyed, thanks to a foul ball off the bat of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. I went back and found what appears to be the foul ball that did the damage...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rob Dibble Suggests Jose Altuve is on Steroids

It doesn’t matter what Major League Baseball does, as long as players are still getting popped for doing them…people are still going to suggest some are on steroids. That said, this take by former big leaguer Rob Dibble is a curious one. Yea Altuve was hitting 5 or 7 HRs a year, now he has 14 in 89 games? So No PEDs and No Juiced Balls…Please — Rob Dibble (@robdibble49)...
Via Hall of Very Good
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Coco Crisp ejected after throwing bat at umpire’s feet

Coco Crisp had one of the more weird ejections you will see on a Major League Baseball field. Crisp tossed his bat at the feet of home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn, along with his helmet, and then walked straight into the dugout. This came after Crisp was called out on strikes in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros and Doug Fister. Crisp didn’t look back at Reyburn once...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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