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FanBlog: Astros Dec 19, 2014

Astros set minor league staff for 2015

The Astros set their staffs for next seasons’ minor league teams: CLASS AAA FRESNO Manager                                              Tony DeFrancesco Pitching Coach                                 Arthur “Ace” Adams Hitting Coach                                   Leon Roberts Dev. Specialist (Catching)           Jeff Murphy Athletic Trainer                                Bryan Baca Strength & Conditioning             ...

Jeff Luhnow says Marwin Gonzalez could be starter at third

With his shortstop in hand, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is leaving the door open at third base. “Matt Dominguez has a chance to be a very good player,” Luhnow said recently. “Two years ago, he proved that. Last year, he slid back a little bit. We’re going to give him every opportunity to win […]

Aiken, Nix can prevent Astros from drafting them again

If you’re Jacob Nix or Brady Aiken, you probably want nothing to do with the Astros on draft day 2015, and the same sentiment likely extends in the other direction. But if you’re one of those pitchers, there’s no need to rely on likelihoods. This is one of the few situations where MLB’s draft system […]

Astros drop Gregorio Petit from 40-man roster; 10 days to make a move

The Astros have designated infielder Gregorio Petit for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster for newly signed shortstop Jed Lowrie. The Astros have 10 days to make a move with Petit, be it trade him or outright him to the minor leagues. “I believe he can (become a free agent),” general manager Jeff […]
FanBlog: Astros Dec 16, 2014

Jose Altuve’s status for winter ball up in air

Although famed Venezuelan winter ball club Magallanes reported on its twitter account that Jose Altuve would play for them, the Astros have not given their All-Star second baseman permission to play. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who was surprised by the Magallanes news last Friday, has not been approached by Altuve or Magallanes for permission […]
FanBlog: Astros Dec 16, 2014

Astros clear another hurdle in spring training move

The Astros plans for a new spring training site in West Palm Beach, Fla., took another step on Tuesday when Palm Beach County Commissioners voted, 5-2, to negotiate a possible land swap. The 160 acres that would be acquired in the swap would give the Astros and Nationals the site they need to build their […]
FanBlog: Astros Dec 16, 2014

Jed Lowrie: Unfinished business with Astros

Jed Lowrie, officially introduced as the Astros new shortstop on Tuesday, said he was glad to be back in Houston. “I can’t explain how excited I am to be back … I felt like I left with maybe a little bit of unfinished business,” said Lowrie who was traded from Houston to Oakland after the […]
Fenway Nation Dec 15, 2014
Former Red Sox IF Jed Lowrie Signs With Astros

Former Red Sox IF Jed Lowrie Signs With Astros

()Former Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie today signed a three-year contract with the Houston Astros. The 30-year old Lowrie spent his first four seasons in Boston, where he hit .252. Ironically, he was traded to the Astros by the Red Sox in 2011 for Mark Melancon. In only 97 games for Houston in 2012, Lowrie hit just .244. The last two seasons, he was much healthier, and hit .272 for Oakland. I once had the opportunity to speak with Lowrie and ask him if it was true that he hit the first home run ever at New York's Citi Field. With a smile, he corrected me on two counts: first, it was...
FanBlog: Astros Dec 15, 2014

Jed Lowrie back with Astros on 3-year deal

Infielder Jed Lowrie is back with the Astros after agreeing on a three-year deal, the team announced. The deal runs through 2017 and includes a club option for 2018. To create room on the 40-man roster, the Astros will announce a corresponding move on Tuesday. Lowrie, 30, was the Astros everyday shortstop in 2012 before […]
FanBlog: Astros Dec 15, 2014

World Series odds: Astros are the longest shots

By all accounts the Astros fixed a glaring hole in their bullpen at the Winter Meetings with the additions of Luke Gregorson and Pat Neshek but the wise guys in Vegas aren’t too impressed. Bovada put out its annual odds to win the World Series and has the Astros at 150-1, same as the Phillies […]
FanBlog: Astros Dec 12, 2014

Astros pitching coach Brent Strom eager to work with newest additions

In town for a baseball clinic in Montgomery County, Brent Strom rushed to Minute Maid Park on Friday afternoon to welcome his two new veteran relievers. The Astros’ 66-year-old pitching coach was as giddy as any six-year-old allowed to peek under the Christmas tree at this time of year. Strom had one of the best […]

Astros, Nationals still targeting Haverhill site in West Palm Beach for spring training

SAN DIEGO — More than halfway through a 90-day period granted to the Astros and Nationals by Palm Beach County Commissioners to find a site for a shared spring training complex, the clubs know where they want to go — the same place they wanted to be all along. The Haverhill site, at Haverhill Rd. […]

Gregerson’s quick deal follows market right behind Miller’s

SAN DIEGO — Astros righty relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek are set to be introduced in a 4 p.m. CT press conference Friday at Minute Maid Park, and while the Astros probably won’t say so today, the writing’s on the wall: Gregerson, wearing No. 44, is the hands-down favorite to be the team’s new […]

Astros’ offseason spending spree indicative of new mindset for franchise

SAN DIEGO — The Astros have yet to reach the no-limit hold ‘em table in free agency. The stakes could be bigger and probably eventually will be. Baby steps lead to bigger steps. People wanted to see them spend, and now they’ve spent. People wanted to see the bullpen get better, it did. On top […]

DeShields calls Rangers Rule 5 selection ‘bittersweet’

SAN DIEGO — New Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. found out he was taken in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning in Puerto Rico, where he’s playing winter ball. The Astros did not protect DeShields Jr. in the Rule 5 draft, and the Rangers chose him with the third overall pick — a move […]

Astros lose three players in Rule 5 draft, trade their pick to Orioles

SAN DIEGO — The Astros were hit hard in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, losing three players in the major league phase of the draft. With the third pick in the draft, the Rangers took Delino DeShields Jr., a toolsy outfielder who’s reached Class AA. With the sixth pick, the Red Sox took righty Jandel […]

Neshek says addition of Gregerson helped him land with Astros

SAN DIEGO — Sidearmer Pat Neshek might not have signed with the Astros had Luke Gregerson not been in the fold first. The duo both had deals with the Astros done by Wednesday morning, and Neshek had plenty of clubs to choose from. But he knew Gregerson and Chad Qualls both from their days with […]
Athletics Nation Dec 10, 2014

Astros moves for relievers highlight busy AL West action at Winter Meetings

The Astros, Angels, Mariners, and Rangers are full of activity at the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings. The AL West opponents for the Oakland Athletics remain busy as the third full day of the Winter Meetings continues. A look around the division: Astros sign Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek The Houston Astros signed relievers and former Athletics Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek on Wednesday, bolstering a bullpen that ranked last in ERA in 2014. Gregerson agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million deal according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Neshek agreed to a two-year $12.5 million deal with an option...

Astros closer Chad Qualls welcomes Gregerson, Neshek and competition

SAN DIEGO — Incumbent Astros closer Chad Qualls said Wednesday morning that he is thrilled that the Astros have added two of his former teammates, free agent righthanders Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, and that he’s comfortable with whatever manager A.J. Hinch wants to do in the endgame — be it keeping him as closer or […]
Viva El Birdos Dec 10, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals free agents: Pat Neshek signs with the Houston Astros

The inevitable has happened. Free agent Pat Neshek has signed elsewhere. The Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year contract with former St. Louis Cardinals righthanded reliever Pat Neshek that is worth $12.5 million according to Derrick Goold, ace beat reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Neshek joins former Cardinals farmhand Luke Gregerson in the back of the Astros bullpen. Houston inked Gregerson as well on Wednesday, to a three-year agreement worth at least $18.5 million and perhaps as much $21 million in performance incentives. The Cardinals signed Neshek last January, after the...

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