9:58 PM EST, Thu November 27, 2014

Astros still looking at $20 million increase in payroll

PHOENIX — When Astros owner Jim Crane acknowledged in October that roughly $20 million could be added in payroll for next season, he was already including the expected revenues from the team’s reorganized regional sports network, Root Sports Houston. Now that Root Sports’ formation has been approved in court, the budget hasn’t ballooned again for […]

Offseason already seeing Astros talk about a win-now approach

PHOENIX — Sitting in his suite at the Arizona Biltmore on the first day of the general manager’s meetings Monday evening, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow took a Roger Clemens-esque tone. The Rocket — who is on the Astros payroll — has asked more than once for the Astros to take off the kid gloves, to […]

GM meetings: Francisco Liriano declines qualifying offer

PHOENIX — Lefthander Francisco Liriano took it to the wire on Monday before declining a qualifying offer from the Pirates, which would have kept him off the free agent market and given him a one-year, $15.3 million contract. The Astros are unlikely to sign anyone who received a qualifying offer because doing so requires surrendering […]
CSN Houston Nov 10, 2014

Farrell eager to see Otani on MLB trip to Japan

OSAKA, Japan (AP) Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is looking forward to seeing Japanese pitching sensation Shohei Otani during Major League Baseball's all-star postseason tour of Japan.
Houston Chronicle Nov 9, 2014

Astros hitting coach Dave Hudgens fired as manager of Caracas Baseball Club

New Astros hitting coach Dave Hudgens has been fired as manager of the Caracas Baseball Club, according to the Venezuelan winter league club’s website. The Leones replaced Hudgens with his bench coach Pedro López. “The team’a current situation, at four games under .500 at this stage in the season, called for a move like this,” […]
Houston Chronicle Nov 7, 2014

Catching prospect Carlos Pena has link to Astros

Catching prospect Roberto Pena wasn’t born until long after his father Adalberto “Bert” Pena had stopped playing for the Astros. Yet, he treasures the stories his father has shared from his days as an infielder with the Astros in 1981 and from 1983 through 1987. His father has often told him Houston is a great […]

Former Astros coaches emerge as top candidates for Rangers vacancy

Former Houston Astros first-base coach Bobby Meacham, right, is one of the top candidates to join the Rangers coaching staff as third-base coach. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/)
Houston Chronicle Nov 5, 2014

MLB suspends Tomball’s Troy Patton 80 games for amphetamines

Major League Baseball suspended Tomball High graduate Troy Patton, who began his career with the Astros, 80 games for violating the joint drug prevention and treatment program. Patton, 29, tested positive for an amphetamine for his second violation under the joint drug program. The Spring native began the 2014 season on a 25-game suspension he […]
Houston Chronicle Nov 5, 2014

Astros make trade with Angels for catcher Hank Conger

The Astros acquired catcher Hank Conger from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for catcher Carlos Perez and right-handed pitcher Nick Tropeano, the team announced in a news released on Wednesday. Conger, 26, appeared in 80 games during the 2014 season. The switch-hitter had a .221 batting average with four home runs and 25 RBI. […]

Keuchel wouldn’t mind seeing Astros make a free-agent splash

Asked what he wants to see the Astros do this offseason, Dallas Keuchel gave a quick laugh before pointing to one player he wouldn’t mind seeing an Astros uniform: Nick Markakis. A 30-year-old right fielder with a career .290 average, Markakis is a free agent after nine seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles did […]

Tim Bogar lands with Angels; Rangers interview former Astros coach for opening

Texas manager Tim Bogar is pictured during the Houston Astros vs. the Texas Rangers major league baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Monday, September 22, 2014. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Drellich: Collin McHugh deserved to be a finalist for AL Rookie of Year

He wasn’t supposed to win the award, but it’s a slight to be out of the conversation. No, we’re not talking about second baseman Jose Altuve, but pitcher Collin McHugh. The Astros righthanded rookie was not named a finalist to win the American League Rookie of the Year award on Tuesday. Slugger Jose Abreu of […]
Houston Chronicle Nov 3, 2014

Astros claim Will Harris on waivers

The Astros have claimed relief pitcher Will Harris off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Harris, a righthander, appeared in 29 games last season for Arizona with a 4.34 ERA. He has been in the majors for parts of the last three seasons with Colorado and Arizona. Overall, the Houston native, is 5-5 with a 4.26 […]

Astros could add another talent evaluator

The Astros are considering adding another set of eyes to their staff — a special assistant type of talent evaluator, if not that exact title — baseball sources told the Chronicle. A potential hire could be a recognizable name. After a brief period of quiet in front offices, the last few months have brought considerable turnover. The […]
Houston Chronicle Oct 31, 2014

Astros to host Royals April 3-4 to finish exhibition season

The Astros will face the Royals in a pair of exhibition games at Minute Maid Park, the team announced. The Astros will open spring training games on March 5 against the Phillies before returning to Houston for two games against the Royals on April 3-4. The schedule: March 5: vs. Philadelphia (Kissimmee), 12:05 p.m. March […]

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    Jason Castro

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