Astros Speculation: Does the Forsythe trade change Rays plans?

Could the Forsythe trade signal a change in plans for the Rays? Could the Astros reopen trade talks for Chris Archer? While most Astros fans were at the Jeff Bagwell Hall of Fame pep rally party last night, the Dodgers and Rays got together in a trade. Much has been written about the Dodgers’ need […] Astros Speculation: Does the Forsythe trade change Rays plans? - Climbing Tal...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
3 hours ago

Bagwell's work ethic resonated with teammates

Former teammates and fans joined an Astros pep rally to celebrate last week's announcement that Jeff Bagwell will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
12 hours ago

Ryan's Astros deal reverberated across MLB

When Nolan Ryan signed a four-year, $4.5 million contact with the Astros before the 1980 season -- making him the first player in MLB history to earn more than $1 million in one year -- it sent shockwaves through the baseball world. Ryan's tenure in Houston was a rousing success on the field and at the ticket office, making him the No. 1 free-agent signing in Astros history.
16 hours ago

Astros 2017 Projections: What to expect from George Springer

What kind of production can Astros fans expect from star outfielder George Springer in 2017? For the first two seasons of his major league career, George Springer showed flashes of brilliance. He also missed significant time due to injury. Astros fans wondered what sort of numbers he would put up if only he stayed healthy. […] Astros 2017 Projections: What to expect from George...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 day ago

Luhnow: Astros Likely Done Making Significant Additions

Speaking with reporters yesterday, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said the team was likely done making big-league additions this winter, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Luhnow is effectively saying the team is unlikely to add a big-name pitcher such as Jose Quintana, Chris Archer or Sonny Gray, all of whom they’ve been connected to lately. He is not, however, ruling out the...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Astros Rotation: Charlie Morton not locked in the rotation?

Is there a chance that Charlie Morton will not be in the Astros rotation? Typically, when a team signs a free agent starting pitcher, the intention is to start that pitcher. This may not be true with the Astros signing right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton. You might remember him from his performances with the Pirates and Phillies. […] Astros Rotation: Charlie Morton not locked...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 day ago

Albert Pujols' injury status is driving the Angels' recent activity

The Angels’ pending signing of free-agent infielder Luis Valbuena is more a reflection of the uncertainty surrounding first baseman Albert Pujols than a desire to trade first baseman C.J. Cron or any other player.Valbuena’s agreement with the Angels, reportedly for two years with a club option, is pending a physical and the completion of contract language, according to a major...
Via FOX Sports
2 days 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...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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
4 days 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
5 days 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
10 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
12 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
14 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

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...
Via Fangraphs
December 08, 2016  |  Discuss

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