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Astros caravan to start Jan. 20, end with FanFest on Jan. 24

The Astros’ annual January caravan plans are in order, with players scheduled to stop in 13 cities in a four-day span. Simultaneous tours run from Jan 20-23, with stops including the Houston area (Jan. 20 – 23), Brownsville (Jan. 20), San Antonio (Jan. 21), Austin (Jan. 22) and Corpus Christi (Jan. 23). No player participants […]
Houston Chronicle Dec 17, 2014

MLB takes wait-and-see approach on Cuba

Major League Baseball isn’t sure of the impact of President Barack Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. The U.S. withdrew diplomatic recognition of the Cuban government in January 1961. Because of the American trade embargo, a player who defected from Cuba has had to obtain a license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office […]

Astros offseason spending closer to end after Lowrie signing

The heavy lifting of the Astros’ offseason is most likely over. General manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday at Jed Lowrie’s introductory press conference that there is still room in the budget to add to the club, including via free agency. But, it’s nonetheless clear that the Astros have already traversed the most notable part of […]
Houston Chronicle Dec 15, 2014

Report: Astros reach settlement with unsigned draft pick Jacob Nix

The Astros have reached a settlement with Jacob Nix, the high school pitcher the team selected in last June’s draft but ultimately didn’t sign, CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman is reporting. Nix had agreed to a $1.5 million deal with the Astros but never signed because the team’s offer to No. 1 pick Brady Aiken fell […]

Boras, Astros meet, talk Stephen Drew

SAN DIEGO — Super agent Scott Boras has met with the Astros, he said Wednesday at the winter meetings. A person familiar with the conversation said the talk was focused on relief pitching and shortstop Stephen Drew, but not top starting pitcher Max Scherzer.   “We’ve had meetings and talked and we have bullpen guys and […]

Astros’ roster situation likely means no Rule 5 selection coming Thursday

SAN DIEGO — It sounds unlikely the Astros make a selection in Rule 5 draft at No. 4 overall on Thursday morning on the final day of the winter meetings, but that can change. The Astros’ 40-man roster is full when counting the additions of free agent relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek. Those deals […]

Astros look to remain active in offseason free-agent market

SAN DIEGO — The Astros’ still could add another reliever now that they have agreed to terms with Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, but a starting pitcher and infielder appears the greater focus. “We’re exploring starting pitching,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday at the winter meetings. “The past couple days we decided to look […]

Signings of Gregerson, Neshek show Astros’ offseason plan coming together

SAN DIEGO — One of the two new relief pitchers the Astros snagged at the winter meetings with all of baseball watching, Pat Neshek, was convinced he’d be going elsewhere. A free agent sidearm thrower who had a 1.78 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014 who doubles as a sports autograph collector, Neshek […]
Houston Chronicle Dec 10, 2014

Former Astro Kike Hernandez on the move again

As MLB’s winter meetings stretched into its fourth day, a former Astros farmhand found himself on the move again, just months after leaving Houston. Kike Hernandez, who was involved in the July trade deadline deal that sent local product Jarred Cosart to the Marlins, was shipped by Miami to the Dodgers in Wednesday’s trade involving […]

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow doubts Delino DeShields Jr. will be taken in Rule 5 draft

SAN DIEGO — The Rule 5 draft is set for Thursday morning and the Astros are set to have a meeting Wednesday to discuss what to do with their fourth overall selection. “We have a meeting tomorrow to talk about the Rule 5,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday. “We’ve talked about it preliminarily a […]

Astros owner Jim Crane says budget remains flexible under right circumstances

SAN DIEGO — Astros owner Jim Crane acknowledged the team missed out on David Robertson and Andrew Miller, two top free agent relievers the Astros pursued who have since signed with other clubs, but vowed to move on to other candidates. Crane arrived at the winter meetings on Tuesday ahead of the team’s minor league […]
Los Angeles Times Dec 8, 2014

Angels claim LF/1B Marc Krauss off waivers from Astros

The Angels’ first move of the winter meetings was a minor one, claiming left fielder/first baseman Marc Krauss off waivers from the Houston Astros on Monday.

Kyle Farnsworth to MLB teams: ‘I’ve still got it’

SAN DIEGO — Former Astros reliever Kyle Farnsworth is at the winter meetings looking for a major league job. Sporting a full beard, the 38-year-old righty said Monday he’s drawn interest from a couple teams already. “I’ve still got it,” said Farnsworth, who’s thrown 988 2/3 innings in the big leagues over 16 seasons. Teams […]

Angels claim Marc Krauss off waivers

Marc Krauss has been claimed off waivers by the Angels, a person familiar with the situation told the Chronicle on Monday. Krauss, 27, debuted in the majors with the Astros in 2013. A lefthanded hitting first baseman and outfielder with some pop, Krauss hit a combined .200 with a .274 on-base percentage in 119 games […]
Angels claim 1B/OF Marc Krauss from Astros

Angels claim 1B/OF Marc Krauss from Astros

The Angels claimed left-handed hitter Marc Krauss on waivers from the Houston Astros, giving them a potential left-handed bat off the bench. Krauss, 27, can play left field and first base. He also saw time with the Astros as a designated hitter. He...

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