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Astros remember ‘Mr. Cub’ Ernie Banks

Following the Friday death of Hall of Famer and two-time National League MVP Ernie Banks, Astros broadcaster Milo Hamilton shared his thoughts on the man who was affectionately referred to as “Mr. Cub” during and after a stellar 19-year career. I was doing the Cub games back in the 50s when he arrived and he […]

Dominguez to play first base as well as third

Matt Dominguez is going to check out the other corner infield spot. The Astros starting third baseman from 2013-14 remains a candidate to be the everyday man at the hot corner this year, but he has direct competition from Luis Valbuena, who came over from the Cubs in the Dexter Fowler trade. Just to keep […]

Biggio’s Hall of Fame cap choice nearing

Craig Biggio seems to be nearing a decision on what cap he’ll wear into the Hall of Fame this summer. He said he’s been discussing the matter with his family, and the opinions are varied. “I think they all have their certain preference, but I think that we’re going to come to a conclusion pretty […]

Ryan Vogelsong sings odd tune about Astros after signing with Giants

The Astros’ word of the day is “comfortable.” A pitcher who nearly signed with the Astros gave head-scratching answers Friday when asked why he instead went back to his old team instead of coming to Houston, where he visited for a physical and meetings with the staff this week before deciding to go in another […]
FanBlog: Astros Jan 23, 2015

Astros agree with Marwin Gonzalez on one-year deal

The Astros have agreed to terms with infielder Marwin Gonzalez on a one-year contract, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. As a result of the Gonzalez deal, all players on the Astros current roster that had been arbitration-eligible have now agreed to terms on contracts.
FanBlog: Astros Jan 23, 2015

Chris Carter already in the swing of things

With children from St. Martha’s Catholic School loudly cheering as he entered the gym Friday morning, Astros designated hitter Chris Carter smiled as he was introduced as a veteran leader. A year ago, the soft-spoken Astros slugger might have winced and been surprised by such a title. He definitely would have deflected such expectations. A […]

Jose Altuve: Ready for a winning season

We’re on to next season. Jose Altuve put on his Bill Belichick face on Friday — granted, he was answering much happier questions than the Patriots coach has this week. Touring vessels at a U.S. Coast Guard station in Galveston alongside Alex Presley and Brandon Backe as part of the Astros’ winter caravan, Altuve was […]

Matt Albers working way back to majors; Jesse Crain signs with White Sox

Two former Astros pitchers who had as frustrating a season as anyone in 2014 are nearing better times. Matt Albers of Clements high school in Sugar Land was able to pitch for the Astros in 2014, but only briefly. Shoulder issues for him kept him to just 10 games, all in April, and now he’s […]

Jason Castro has new backup in Hank Conger as Astros’ backstop

Earlier this offseason, an Astros player made the case that Jason Castro was undervalued for the job he did with the pitching staff — and that he should stick around. The clubhouse got its wish. Wednesday’s trade that sent Carlos Corporan to the Texas Rangers leaves Castro and new face Hank Conger as the Astros […]

Rasmus to be in the mix for CF gig; Grossman gets early start in prepping for season

The Astros outfield situation gained no further clarity on Wednesday morning, when general manager Jeff Luhnow, manager A.J. Hinch and new addition Colby Rasmus spoke to the media at Minute Maid Park. Realistically, nothing definitive will be known until the end of spring training. The question is less about the who and more about the […]
FanBlog: Astros Jan 21, 2015

Astros minor leaguer Andre Walter suspended 50 games

Astros minor league righthander Andrew Walter, who made 40 relief appearances between Low Class A Quad Cities and High A Lancaster last year, has been given a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Walter, 24, drew the suspension after his second positive test for a drug of abuse. If […]
FanBlog: Astros Jan 21, 2015

Report: Astros to celebrate 50th anniverary — again?

Apparently turning 50 the first time wasn’t enough to celebrate for the Astros. Sportslogos.net reported Wednesday that the team will wear a 50th anniversary patch this season to commemorate the change of the franchise’s name to Astros from Colt .45s. The latest 50th anniversary patch can be seen on this screengrab from the MLB.com Astros […]
FanBlog: Astros Jan 21, 2015

Trade to Rangers brings mixed emotions for Astros’ Carlos Corporan

Although sad to leave the Astros, Carlos Corporan was excited Wednesday after learning he had been traded to the Rangers. “I’m very sad,” Corporan said. “Houston was a big part of my life. I really liked what Jeff (Luhnow) is doing. “But this is a new beginning, a huge chance for me. I’m going to […]

Astros unlikely to seal Vogelsong deal on Tuesday

The Astros aren’t expected to finish a deal with righthanded pitcher Ryan Vogelsong on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation said in the afternoon, but the sides were still talking. Vogelsong’s presence in Houston on Monday stirred up thoughts a deal was close, but while Colby Rasmus finalized a deal Tuesday after a visit […]

Astros willing to sacrifice strikeouts for run production

It’ll be breezy at Minute Maid Park. The strikeouts are coming. Colby Rasmus’ signing on Tuesday added a productive but whiff-heavy bat to a lineup already stocked with big swings and — misses. “We probably will have a few strikeouts because of the types of players that we have, but the flipside of that equation […]
Athletics Nation Jan 20, 2015

AL West news: Astros land Colby Rasmus, still talking with Ryan Vogelsong

The Astros and Rangers are at it again today. The Athletics will have to look out as the Astros and Rangers made moves that could steal a win or two from Oakland's efforts to return to the postseason for the fourth consecutive year. Plus, another old friend alert. Astros sign Colby Rasumus The Houston Astros signed free agent outfield Colby Rasmus to a one-year, $8 million deal with no options, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Rasmus, 28, is coming off a disappointing 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays where he batted .225/.289/.448 with 18 home runs, 29 walks, and 124 strikeouts. Rasmus...
Athletics Nation Jan 19, 2015

Athletics opponents Rangers and Astros add pitching: Yovani Gallardo, Dan Straily, Ryan Vogelsong

The Texas Rangers completed a trade for Yovani Gallardo, and the Houston Astros shipped Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for an old friend. Additionally, the Astros are deep in talks with Ryan Vogelsong. Also, notes on Max Scherzer and another old friend headed to the Washington Nationals. Some news and notes around the AL West and the American League: Yovani Gallardo traded to Texas The Athletics will face Yovani Gallardo this year after the Texas Rangers traded youngsters Luis Sardinas, Corey Knebel, and Marcos Diplan to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rangers will also get $4 million from...

Astros talking Carlos Corporan trade with Rangers

The Astros and Rangers have discussed a trade for catcher Carlos Corporan, a person familiar with the conversations said Thursday. The Astros and Rangers have long looked like potential trade partners this winter because of the Rangers’ desire for a catcher and the Astros’ need to send one off ever since they acquired Hank Conger. […]

Astros, Chris Carter agree on deal to avoid arbitration

The Astros and Chris Carter avoided arbitration and agreed on a one-year, $4.175 million deal on Wednesday. “I’m just happy to be an Astro and have this deal done so I can focus on the upcoming season and build off last year,” Carter said. Carter, 28, was a marvel in the middle of the summer […]

Reports: Astros get C Evan Gattis from Braves for P Mike Foltynewicz, 3B Rio Ruiz, prospect

The Astros are trading for Braves catcher Evan Gattis, the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting. Houston will send RHP Mike Foltynewicz, 3B Rio Ruis and RHP Andrew Thurman to Atlanta, according to the New York Post and Fox Sports. The Astros were interested in Gattis at the Winter Meetings but didn’t complete a deal because […]

Astros Player News

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    Colby Rasmus

    White Sox opting for more contact in 2015

  • Luis Valbuena

    Luis Valbuena

    Dominguez to play first base as well as third

  • Dan Straily

    Dan Straily

    Cubs, Dexter Fowler agree to terms

  • Tony Sipp

    Tony Sipp

    Astros’ Jason Castro, Tony Sipp avoid arbitration

  • Evan Gattis

    Evan Gattis

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