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Houston Chronicle Jan 19, 2015

Jon Singleton has fresh outlook after a long rookie season

Jon Singleton was back in an Astros jersey Monday for the first time since he capped his rookie season last September. The smile that was missing for most of September was back as he posed for pictures with patients and signed a young boy’s cast at the Shriners Hospital for Children. Singleton appeared refreshed and […]
Houston Chronicle Jan 19, 2015

Jon Singleton on Dexter Fowler: ‘He was a huge leader’

Seconds after the Astros announced they had traded Dexter Fowler to the Cubs, first baseman Jon Singleton expressed appreciation for the veteran center fielder who guided him through a rough rookie season last year. Singleton and George Springer, who spent much of his free time in Houston last year at Fowler’s home, were two of […]

Newest Astros Dan Straily says he’s healthy, ready to compete

Pitcher Dan Straily, acquired from the Cubs as part of the Dexter Fowler trade, is glad to be back in the AL West. “I feel I’ve gotten better as I got to face hitters more and more,” said Straily, who pitched for two and half seasons in Oakland before being traded to the Cubs last […]

Dexter Fowler: Astros never talked long-term deal

Dexter Fowler, who was traded to the Cubs on Monday, said the Astros never talked about a long-term contract for him. “We didn’t really talk about contract stuff — more going through the arbitration process and that whole thing,” Fowler said. “Obviously I’m going to be a free agent next year so I guess that […]

Astros talking with Cubs about Fowler trade

Talks between the Astros and Cubs about a trade involving Houston outfielder Dexgter Fowler are “brewing quickly” a person familiar with the talks said. The Astros acquired Fowler last season from the Rockies via trade but the outfielder has been on the market this off-season and the Cubs have shown interest. Susan Slusser of the […]

Astros still looking for starting pitching

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said at the winter meetings after wrapping up his two big bullpen signings that starting pitching was still on his list, and a month later, that remains the case. “Starting pitching would be at the top of the list, both in trade or remaining free agents,” Luhnow said Friday. “Nothing […]

Astros’ Jason Castro, Tony Sipp avoid arbitration

Tony Sipp and Jason Castro became the latest Astros to avoid arbitration and settle on a one-year deal Friday, the day of the deadline for arbitration-eligible players and their teams to exchange salary figures. Sipp receives $2.4 million in 2015 and Castro $4 million, people familiar with the contracts told the Chronicle. “I’m glad that […]

Astros notes: Randy Johnson in Diamondbacks cap; Jed Lowrie diplomat

There was never a chance Randy Johnson would wear an Astros hat into the Hall of Fame. On Friday, the choice was made official: he’ll go in as the first representative of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Johnson won a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001. He spent just two months with the Astros in 1998, […]

Evan Gattis eager to trade in childhood fandom for fresh start with Astros

Evan Gattis, the Astros’ new Dallas-raised power hitter, used to sit on the other side of the fence. “I hate to say, I was a Rangers fan,” the 28-year-old said on a conference call Thursday. “Astros back in the day, they weren’t doing too much, so it was easier to be rooting for your home […]
Houston Chronicle Jan 15, 2015

A pitch clock coming to minor league games this season

Major League Baseball will use a pitch clock this season in Class AAA and AA games. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement at the conclusion of baseball’s owners meetings. He said the decision followed a successful experiment with the clock in the Arizona Fall League. MLB officials said details of how much time will be […]
Houston Chronicle Jan 15, 2015

Ortiz: Future is now for Astros, elsewhere for Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz

Five days after Rio Ruiz and Carlos Correa joyfully showed off their 2013 Midwest League championship rings, hard-throwing righthanders Jarred Cosart and Mike Foltynewicz flexed their muscles for a picture outside the big league clubhouse at Osceola County Stadium last March. At that point, Ruiz, Cosart and Foltynewicz were among the top names in a […]
CSN Washington Jan 14, 2015

Braves continue rebuild, trade Evan Gattis to Astros

The rebuild of the Braves has continued, as Atlanta agreed to a trade on Wednesday to send slugger Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for a trio of prospects.
Houston Chronicle Jan 14, 2015

Astros’ home opener to be aired nationally on ESPN

ESPN will air the Astros’ home opener April 6 against Cleveland as part of a four-game Opening Day schedule, the network announced today. The Indians-Astros game will begin at 6 p.m. as the third game on a schedule that includes Blue Jays-Yankees and Mets-Nationals and concludes with Giants-Diamondbacks. The first three games will air on […]
Houston Chronicle Jan 13, 2015

Seven Astros file for salary arbitration before deadline

As expected, Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Hank Conger, Carlos Corporan, Dexter Fowler, Tony Sipp and Marwin Gonzalez filed for salary arbitration by Tuesday’s deadline. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow predicts that the Astros might reach deals with at least two of the arbitration-eligible players by Friday’s deadline for both sides to exchange figures.
Houston Chronicle Jan 13, 2015

Carlos Correa, Mark Appel invited to Astros major league camp

Former No. 1 draft picks Carlos Correa and  Mark Appel along with Colin Moran, acquired in a trade with the Marlins last year, are among the Astros non-roster invitees to their Major League spring training camp, the team announced. The other non-roster invitees:  LHP Darin Downs, IF Dan Johnson, IF Gregorio Petit, OF Andrew Aplin, […]

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