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Notes: Astros lose Jed Lowrie’s bat and backgammon set; sign a Colombian shortstop

Jed Lowrie’s taking his backgammon set with him. “I’ve got some people to play with in Oakland,” Lowrie said Wednesday. Everywhere the ex-Astros infielder has gone, he’s played with teammates, and he got several of his Astros chums into the game in 2015. Tablets and smartphones dominate clubhouses instead of card games these days, but

Astros send L.J. Hoes to Baltimore for cash

Outfielder L.J. Hoes was traded to the Orioles for cash on Wednesday, landing with an organization he’s familiar with. The Astros designated him assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster to protect players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.
Houston Chronicle Nov 25, 2015

Report: Astros trade Jed Lowrie to Oakland

Veteran heading back to former team
Houston Chronicle Nov 23, 2015

Spring schedule: Astros open March 3, host Brewers on March 31-April 1

The Astros will open Grapefruit League play this spring against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., on March 3, the team announced today. Pitchers and catchers must report by Feb. 18 and position players by Feb. 22. The team will wrap up the exhibition season with two games against the Brewers at Minute Maid Park on

Astros notes: Dallas Keuchel would be pleased with rotation additions

There’s a rich free-agent starting pitching market out there, and Dallas Keuchel wouldn’t mind if the Astros add from it.

Astros’ Dallas Keuchel heads for payday, long-term talks after Cy Young

It’s hard to imagine flying higher than Dallas Keuchel will be this winter, and he already took a trip in the cockpit of a stunt jet this winter.

Astros move to protect as much talent as possible before Rule 5 draft

There are still a couple notable names the Astros may lose to another team in December’s Rule 5 draft, including a lefthanded pitcher who is wild but can throw 100 mph. But the Astros on Friday ensured a large group will stick around this time after losing Delino DeShields Jr. to the Rangers last year.
Houston Chronicle Nov 20, 2015

Astros designate L.J. Hoes for assignment, add Alpin and Fontana to 40-man

The Astros designated outfielder L.J. Hoes for assignment late Friday and added two more players to the team’s 40-man roster. Outfielder Andrew Aplin and infielder Nolan Fontana were the late additions and fill the roster at 40. Hoes played in eight games with the Astros last season.
Houston Chronicle Nov 20, 2015

Pitcher Joe Musgrove among Astros’ additions to 40-man roster

Musgrove was team's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2015.
Houston Chronicle Nov 19, 2015

Drellich: Why I voted for Josh Donaldson over Mike Trout

The American League MVP was a painful vote, and I say so after voting in last year’s narrow American League Cy Young race between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber. I voted for the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson. I was close to voting for the Angels’ Mike Trout. This is my first MVP vote, so I’ll
Houston Chronicle Nov 19, 2015

Two Astros finish in top 10 of AL MVP voting

Even while not winning, the Astros capped an impressive award season Thursday night with two players among the top 10 in the American League Most Valuable Player race.
Houston Chronicle Nov 19, 2015

Nationals OF Bryce Harper wins NL MVP by unanimous decision

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was the unanimous selection for the National League Most Valuable Player award. The Woodland High graduate Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks finished a distant second.
Houston Chronicle Nov 19, 2015

Astros trade Jonathan Villar to Milwaukee for pitcher Cy Sneed

The Astros traded Jonathan Villar to Milwaukee for minor league pitcher Cy Sneed, the team announced. The Astros alos released outfielder Robbie Grossman and pitcher Luis Cruz. A righthander, Sneed, 23, pitched in Class A for the Brewers and had 2.58 ERA in 139.1 innings. Villar played in 53 games with the Astros in 2015,

Astros don’t want repeat of 2014 as Rule 5 roster deadline arrives

Three words may have guided the Astros leading up to Friday: remember Ronny Torreyes. Giveaways are a good thing for baseball teams when they’re magnetic schedules or Beanie Babies that bring more people to the stadium. They’re bad when they’re talented young players left out for other teams for virtually nothing. The Astros lost three
Houston Chronicle Nov 18, 2015

Roger Clemens welcomes Astros SP Dallas Keuchel to the Cy Young club

Roger Clemens, who holds the major league record for the most Cy Young Awards, proudly welcomed Astros ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel into the exclusive Cy Young club.

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