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Trade potential delays Astros’ 40-man roster finalization

At the last minute Thursday, the Astros seemed to get it right. Then they did what they’ve done so well, so often this year: made it messy. The baseball world was confused Thursday when the Astros decided they would protect a low-ceiling, Class AAA infielder named Ronald Torreyes from being taken in the Rule 5 […]

Drellich: Astros playing the odds on 40-man roster decisions

Look at Thursday as a microcosm of the Astros’ philosophy on a whole: an adherence to the odds as they calculate them, even if it means flying in the face of the logic of other clubs. By the end of the day Thursday, every major league team had to choose which players to protect and […]

Tigers claim Josh Zeid off waivers, designate Ezequiel Carrera for assignment

Zeid had a 5.21 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in two seasons with the Houston Astros. The Tigers made another change to their 40 man roster today, claiming right-handed relief pitcher Josh Zeid off waivers from the Houston Astros. Zeid, a 27 year old with a fastball that can reach the high 90s, was 0-1 with a 5.21 ERA and 5.07 FIP in 48 1/3 innings across two seasons with the Astros. He was a 10th round selection out of Tulane University by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009. To make room for Zeid on the 40 man roster, the Tigers designated center fielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment. Carrera hit...

MLB trade rumors: Tigers in trade talks with Astros for a catcher, per report

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reported that the Tigers could be in play for any of the Astros' three catchers. The Tigers have had "preliminary trade contact" with the Houston Astros about one of their catchers, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. After trading for former Los Angeles Angels backstop Hank Conger in early November, the Astros have three catchers with significant major league experience on their roster. Morosi indicates that the Tigers could be in play for Conger, Jason Castro, or Carlos Corporan. Castro is easily the best hitter of the trio, with a career .316 on-base percentage...

Astros shuffle titles in front office, name new video coordinator

One of the few remaining holdovers from the last Astros regime will not return for 2015, a decision that seems to fit with the overall, new-age direction general manager Jeff Luhnow is moving. Video coordinator Jim Summers, the former Green Beret who spent 14 years with the Astros and was one of two people in […]

Astros have tricky decisions to make when setting 40-man roster

For those affected by 40-man rosters and the Rule 5 Draft — extra points if you can remember how this one works— Thursday is a significant day. No one else should consider the day riveting, and ultimately, no one does. Nonetheless, down the roster-management rabbit hole we go. By 10:59 p.m. CT Thursday, whichever players […]

Astros reach out to SP Brett Anderson

A person familiar with the situation has said The Astros have checked on starting pitcher Brett Anderso, a lefty who lives in Houston and can be dominant when healthy. Anderson has not cracked 100 innings since his first two seasons in the big leagues, 2009-10 with the Oakland Athletics, but the potential to be a […]

Astros to set 40-man roster by Thursday night

By 10:59 p.m. CT Thursday night, all teams have to set their 40-man rosters ahead of December’s Rule 5 draft, choosing which players they will protect from other teams. Then the non-tender date, the date by which a team has to figure out if it wants to retain arbitration-eligible players who remain unsigned, arrives Dec. […]

Alex Presley avoids arbitration with one-year deal

Astros outfielder Alex Presley is under contract for 2015. He and the Astros came to terms on a one-year $1 million deal Tuesday, a person familiar with the contract said. The deal came two days ahead of baseball’s deadline for clubs to set their 40-man rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft, and with a […]

Astros prospects’ team comes away with AFL title

The Salt River Rafters, the team carrying Astros’ prospects in the Arizona Fall League, won the league’s championship Saturday, 14-7 over the Peoria Javelinas in Scottsdale. Salt River finished the season 17-11, best in the six-team league. In the regular season, Astros infielder Joe Sclafani went 17-for-46, good for a .370 average in 12 games. […]

Scott Boras on tanking in baseball, changing the system

Taking a question about the Cubs, Scott Boras dove into a long assessment of tanking in baseball during the recent GM meetings in Phoenix. He didn’t cite the Cubs or Astros by name in giving the answer, but there’s no question Jim Crane and Jeff Luhnow’s club have followed the exact blueprint Boras described. Here’s […]

One of Astros’ catchers likely to be traded

Reports on Tuesday tied the White Sox to catcher Jason Castro, although the White Sox already have a productive catcher in Tyler Flowers. Ever since the Astros acquired Hank Conger, it’s been presumed one of their catchers would be traded, because teams almost always carry two catchers, not three. According to one person familiar with […]

Astros report: Astros will be more cautious in free agency after being burned by injuries

PHOENIX — The Astros were burned by two offseason signings last winter that produced mostly nothing but disabled list time: Jesse Crain and Matt Albers. General manager Jeff Luhnow acknowledged Tuesday that he’s a little more reticent to add injury risks this winter, but hedged that it’s impossible to avoid such players. “We’re always going […]

Astros will limit spring training roster in order to evaluate better

PHOENIX — The Astros’ spring prospect parade is being toned down this year. February and March in Florida had become a bait-and-switch exercise in the last couple years: a bunch of big name Astros prospects ran around with no real chance of making the opening day roster. It was a tease, more or less, and […]

Showalter joins elite company after earning 3rd Manager of the Year award

Orioles manager Buck Showalter joined some of the greatest managers of his era, including a pair of new Hall of Famers, as the sixth person to win three Manager of the Year awards. Showalter earned his third American League Manager of the Year Award and his first in a decade on Tuesday from the Baseball […]
FanBlog: Astros Nov 11, 2014

Ortiz: Inside one ballot for AL manager of the year

The Chronicle’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz was one of 30 voters for the AL Manager of the Year, an award won by Buck Showalter of the Orioles. He explains his vote: You would have a difficult time finding folks who correctly predicted that the Baltimore Orioles would win the American League East title, and nobody […]
FanBlog: Astros Nov 11, 2014

Dexter Fowler homers for MLB All-Stars in Japan

NISHINOMIYA, Japan — Dexter Fowler hit a solo homer in the seventh inning for what turned out to be the winning run in an 8-7 win for a group of MLB All-Stars playing Japan in an exhibition game. Fowler, one of four Astros on the team, gave the MLB team an 8-1 lead with his […]

Jose Veras open to returning to Astros for 2015

PHOENIX — Maybe this time around, they’ll keep him. Jose Veras’ agent Barry Praver said Monday at the general managers’ meetings in Arizona that the reliever is interested to return to the Astros after a reunion that went well in 2014. Praver declined to say whether he’s spoken to the Astros about Veras yet. Praver […]

Former Astros coach Tarrik Brock joins Padres as instructor

PHOENIX — With the general managers’ meetings starting Monday, one former Astros coach has already landed a new job. Tarrik Brock has joined the Padres as a minor league roving instructor, according to people familiar with the hire. The former Astros first base coach was well regarded for his work in 2014, his only year […]

Talent evaluator Astros have sought is Bill Geivett

PHOENIX — The Astros’ pursuit of a top-flight talent evaluator hasn’t ceased. The Chronicle reported last month that the team was in pursuit of a talent evaluator, potentially a recognizable name who may have been freed up by recent front office turnovers. Baseball sources said Sunday that name was Bill Geivett — the former Rockies assistant […]

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