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Players to acquire, players to lose in Rule 5 Draft

Michael Mayer looks at six players that should interest the Mets during December’s Rule 5 Draft, including Astros infield prospect Delino DeShields Jr. >> Read more at MetsMerized. Similarly, Julian McCarthy looks at five players the Mets left …

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Jose Altuve proves his bat works no matter where he is

Jose Altuve was back in Houston on Monday, fresh off a trip to Japan where he continued to rack up the hits. The Astros second baseman went 6-for-14 (.429) in a five-game series played between a team of MLB all-stars against a team of Japanese all-stars. The major leaguers lost the first three games and […]
Houston Chronicle Nov 24, 2014

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez give Craig Biggio new competition on Hall ballot

Craig Biggio has some new faces to contend with on his third try for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pitchers Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson highlight the new players on the 2015 ballot, which was announced today. Players need to be named on 75 percent of the ballots by the Baseball Writers Association of America. […]

Paying top dollar for a closer might makes sense for Astros after all

Big money for a reliever isn’t the same as big money for a player at another position, and that could be a reason why the Astros might spend top dollar for a ninth-inning arm. On one hand, it’s counter-intuitive for the Astros to make a reliever their highest paid player. The team would probably benefit […]

Astros add 2B Ronald Torreyes and RHP Vince Velasquez to 40-man roster

The Astros on Thursday added second baseman Ronald Torreyes and righthander Vince Velasquez to their 40-man roster, protecting them from being selected the Rule 5 draft next month. The decisions likely weren’t easy. Among the players the Astros left exposed were a pair of power righthanded arms, Michael Feliz and Jandel Gustave, as well as […]
Houston Chronicle Nov 20, 2014

Josh Zeid claimed by Tigers on waivers

Righthanded pitcher Josh Zeid, who appeared in 48 games the last two seasons for the Astros, has been claimed on waivers by the Tigers, the team announced on its twitter feed. The move leaves the Astros with 37 players on the 40-man roster, which must be set by tonight. Zeid, who underwent foot surgery on […]
Grand Rapids Press Nov 20, 2014
Report: Detroit Tigers had trade talks with Houston Astros regarding catcher position

Report: Detroit Tigers had trade talks with Houston Astros regarding catcher position

The Detroit Tigers just picked up their team option on the contract of catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. But that doesnt mean they are 100 percent committed to him. The Detroit Tigers just picked up their team option on the contract of catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. But that doesn't mean they are 100 percent committed to him. Jon Morosi of Foxsports.com reported Thursday afternoon that the Tigers have had trade talks with the Houston Astros regarding at least one of their catchers: Tigers have had preliminary trade contact with the Astros on...

Rich Dauer, Gary Pettis highlight experienced Astros coaching staff

It’s not exactly accurate to say the staff is new. They’ve never been a unit before, but the group of coaches Astros manager A.J. Hinch has brought together for 2015 has been around the block, or the bases, as it may be. Hinch is the youngest of the group, at age 40. Then there’s 56-year-old […]

Rudy Owens signs minor league deal with A’s

Former Astros lefthander Rudy Owens said Saturday that he has signed a minor league deal with the A’s with an invite to spring training. “I’m excited for the opportunity,” Owens said by phone. “I have a couple buddies that are in the organization and when we played against them this year in Triple A I […]

Amateur pitcher’s grievance against Astros still pending

PHOENIX — The grievance filed on behalf of amateur pitcher Jacob Nix is still pending, a person familiar with the filing said. Reasonably, it needs to be resolved ahead of next year’s draft, and the expectation remains that it will be addressed this offseason. Nix, the Astros’ fifth-round draft pick this year, had an agreement […]

DeFrancesco to manage Astros’ AAA club in 2015

PHOENIX — Tony DeFrancesco will manage the Astros’ Class AAA club in 2015, general manager Jeff Luhnow confirmed. DeFrancesco was expected to return, although he’ll be in a new setting with the Astros’ new affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies. DeFrancesco interviewed for the Astros’ big league managing job at the end of the regular season and […]
Houston Chronicle Nov 13, 2014

NL NVP Award gives Clayton Kershaw a rare double-dip

Although fans at Dodger Stadium serenaded Clayton Kershaw with MVP chants multiple times during his brilliant 2014 season, the ace lefthander was still a bit surprised Thursday when he became the first National League pitcher since 1968 to win the NL MVP Award. One night after he was a unanimous selection for the NL Cy […]
Houston Chronicle Nov 13, 2014

Mike Trout takes home AL MVP Award in unanimous fashion

There was no debate this time around. After finishing second the previous two seasons, Angels outfielder Mike Trout was the unanimous choice for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. Trout, who finished behind Miguel Cabrera in 2012 and 2013 despite a strong chorus of support from folks devoted to advance metrics, earned all 30 […]

Mark Appel has quite the watch party for final Arizona Fall League start

PHOENIX — Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow spent the final night of the GM meetings about 20 minutes away from the Biltmore Hotel at an Arizona Fall League game, where his best pitching prospect, Mark Appel, was starting. Luhnow wasn’t alone, either. Manager A.J. Hinch and Astros executive adviser Nolan Ryan were both on hand, […]

Astros, Luhnow would go all-in for ‘the right player’

PHOENIX – The little kid in the schoolyard wants to be taken seriously. No one’s seen him play with the big kids before, so everyone has doubted him to this point. But maybe he can hold his own. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow sounds hungry to enter the world of qualifying-offer free agents – or […]

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    Gregorio Petit

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