11:57 AM EST, Mon December 22, 2014

Hinch’s winter meetings in familiar locale, different role

SAN DIEGO — The winter meetings couldn’t be any more conveniently located for Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who lives a short drive away from the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel, where the major league action is held. An assistant general manager with the Padres until the middle of this summer, Hinch doesn’t have to make the […]

Astros likely out of the running for free-agent reliever Andrew Miller

The amount of chatter surrounding the Astros’ pursuit of a top closer doesn’t line up with the likelihood they actually land one. The goal is to improve the bullpen, and that can be done without adding a sure-fire closer such as David Robertson or Andrew Miller. They would love either of those pitchers. But there […]
Houston Chronicle Dec 3, 2014

Astros coaching staff forming team’s philosophy

AJ Hinch brought his coaching staff into Houston primarily so they could start bonding. To that end, they had dinner with owner Jim Crane on Tuesday and headed to a Rockets game on Wednesday. More importantly, though, the Astros’ new manager wanted his staff to start learning about their individual philosophies heading into their first […]
Houston Chronicle Dec 1, 2014

Jose Altuve receives award named for Hall of Fame countryman Luis Aparicio

Surrounded by his family in Valencia, Venezuela, Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve received his country’s highest baseball honor Monday night from Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio. The 2014 American League batting champ received the 2014 Premio Luis Aparicio during a ceremony at Jose Bernardo Perez Stadium. It was announced in late October that Altuve […]

Astros looking at Andrew Miller as potential closer

David Robertson isn’t the only top reliever the Astros fancy. The Astros’ pursuit of Robertson has created a lot of buzz in the last 24 hours, with reports from CBS Sports and the New York Post tying the team to the reliever. Some reports had the Astros offering a three-year, $39 million deal for Robertson. […]

Jose Altuve proves his bat works no matter where he is

Jose Altuve was back in Houston on Monday, fresh off a trip to Japan where he continued to rack up the hits. The Astros second baseman went 6-for-14 (.429) in a five-game series played between a team of MLB all-stars against a team of Japanese all-stars. The major leaguers lost the first three games and […]
Houston Chronicle Nov 24, 2014

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez give Craig Biggio new competition on Hall ballot

Craig Biggio has some new faces to contend with on his third try for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pitchers Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson highlight the new players on the 2015 ballot, which was announced today. Players need to be named on 75 percent of the ballots by the Baseball Writers Association of America. […]

Paying top dollar for a closer might makes sense for Astros after all

Big money for a reliever isn’t the same as big money for a player at another position, and that could be a reason why the Astros might spend top dollar for a ninth-inning arm. On one hand, it’s counter-intuitive for the Astros to make a reliever their highest paid player. The team would probably benefit […]

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