4:16 AM EST, Fri January 22, 2021
14 hours ago
Astros Bring Back a Familiar Face

Astros Bring Back a Familiar Face

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Jason Castro’s reunion tour is happening, y’all. We’ve known for roughly a month that the Astros had a serious interest in a reunion with free-agent catcher Jason Castro, who was the club’s first-round pick way back in 2008. I wrote about that initial rumor here on Christmas and all of what I detailed then still applies today. In short, there was a lack of depth at catcher beyond the primary option of Martin Maldonado that became increasingly glaring as the 2020 season progressed. General manager James Click, based on rumors and...
15 hours ago
Jason Castro Returns

Jason Castro Returns

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Agrees to re-join Astros on a two-year deal According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and ESPN’s Jeff Passan, former Astro catcher Jason Castro has agreed to a two year, $7m contract with incentives as high as an additional $2m. Catcher Jason Castro's new contract with the Houston #Astros is two years, $7 million.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 21, 2021 Jason Castro’s two-year deal with the Houston Astros guarantees him $7 million and can be worth up to $9 million depending on the games he plays at catcher in 2021,...
18 hours ago
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 21st, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 21st, 2021

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports Yesterday was a bit of a rollercoaster, but the end result was worth the ride Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News After it looked like his time in Houston had come to a close, it turns out that Michael Brantley will return to the Astros on a two-year deal (MLB Trade Rumors) The signing also sets the corner outfield spots for the Astros (The Athletic, $$$) Jason Castro will also return to the Astros for 2021, initially reported...
Jan 20, 2021
Astros Shock Baseball By Re-Signing Michael Brantley

Astros Shock Baseball By Re-Signing Michael Brantley

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports Welcome Back, Michael. Even though you never really left. Just goes to show, you can’t believe everything you hear. The day started off really rough for Astros fans with the late-night rumors that George Springer was set to sign with the Blue Jays. Then it was confirmed that the beloved Springer signed a six-year deal to play with the up-and-coming Blue Jays team for $150 million. Yes, the writing was on the wall, but Springer represented a light at the end of the tunnel during the process. With the passion and energy he played with,...
Jan 20, 2021
Brantley Stays!

Brantley Stays!

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports There’s life after Springer after all. It’s been a roller-coaster day for Astros fans. Early this morning the depressing but expected news came that the heart and soul of the championship Astros, George Springer, had signed a player-friendly, six-year, $150 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. A few hours later, ESPN reported that his close friend and fellow slugger, Michael Brantley, would follow Springer from Houston to Toronto on a 3-year contract. PSYCH. MICHAEL BRANTLEY HAS SIGNED A 2-YEAR, $16 MILLION DEAL WITH THE...
Jan 20, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 20th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 20th, 2021

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports We all knew this was coming, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t still hurt that Springer is moving on from the Astros. So long, George. Be good. Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News The departure of George Springer really adds some urgency to the question of what the Astros are going to do in the outfield (Texas Sports Nation, $$$) Astros prospect Freudis Nova is looking to be in the majors right now (Astros.com) RIP super...
Jan 20, 2021
George Springer is gone! Now what?

George Springer is gone! Now what?

Springer and the Blue Jays reached a $150M agreement until 2026. What’s next for the Astros? It’s official: George Springer won’t return to the Astros. The 31-year-old centerfielder agreed to a six-year, $150M deal to play for the Toronto Blue Jays, who are building up a scary lineup that not only includes Springer but also Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Teoscar Hernández, Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette. But now that Springer is officially gone —painfully to a rival from the American League— and the Astros still need a centerfielder for 2021 and beyond, what’s next for...
Jan 19, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 19th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 19th, 2021

Arizona Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK Decency restrictions won’t let me write the full extent of what I think of people like Jared Porter, but here’s hoping that he never gets anywhere near baseball ever again Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News McTaggart has compiled the 5 best single-game performances by any Astros pitcher (Astros.com) The Pedro Leon signing gives the Astros a boost in the position player area, which is just what they needed (The Athletic,...
Jan 19, 2021
Newly signed Pedro León might change everything for the Astros

Newly signed Pedro León might change everything for the Astros

Could 22-year-old León influence the team’s approach on the free-agent market? Let’s dive into it. The Astros got their guy on January 15. They inked Cuban center-fielder Pedro León with a $4M signing bonus, the highest for any ballplayer of this international period. And judging him by his age, his skills, and his stats in the Cuban National Series, he might be seen as the ideal guy to take over center field in no time. At 22 years old and knowing what I know about him, León may not be far from the bigs and is slated to make the impact that a five-tool player can make...
Jan 18, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 18th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 18th, 2021

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports As many of you enjoy today’s holiday, please remember how Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy continues to impact us all, and how much farther we still have to go Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News The Astros are headed to arbitration with Carlos Correa and look to be about $3 million apart, which is a pretty big gap (Astros.com) The Tri-City ValleyCats are suing the Astros and MLB for lost revenue after being part of the minor league...
Jan 18, 2021
The culmination of the Astros’ meticulous offseason

The culmination of the Astros’ meticulous offseason

Photo by Bob Levey/ Now that the arbitration deadline has come and gone, the free-agent market is primed to see an uptick in activity, which puts the Astros in an interesting position The patient, calculated approach that general manager James Click and the Astros have employed is one that has been widely utilized throughout the league this winter. Of course, not every team has done so with the intent of improving their respective rosters in a savvy, cost-effective manner. By all accounts and reports, the Astros are not one of these teams primarily looking to just save...
Jan 16, 2021
Four low-cost options the Astros should take a look at for rotation depth

Four low-cost options the Astros should take a look at for rotation depth

Photo by Lindsey Wasson/ This names could make sense for Houston in its search for affordable, efficient, veteran starting pitchers. Hey, I know the Astros’ biggest needs are found in their outfield and their bullpen. But in a 162-game regular season, you can’t forget about the starting rotation, especially if you are loaded with young arms and, probably, won’t have Justin Verlander around in 2021. After most starters needed to work only for 60-70 innings during the 2020 shortened season, they’ll need to go the regular 180-250 episodes in 2021. That will open...
Jan 15, 2021
Houston Astros Top 30 Prospects for 2021

Houston Astros Top 30 Prospects for 2021

Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via While new information this past year was limited, there was enough to reshuffle the deck. While there was no 2020 minor league season, the Astros have added a few players since the last time I put together a list, and I’ve had plenty of time to argue with myself, so it felt like an appropriate time to update. Ranking the Astros system is a difficult task right now because it lacks top end talent and there’s little separation after the first handful of names, and it’s overflowing with righthanded pitchers. Feel...
Jan 15, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 15th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 15th, 2021

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Looks like it’s official that Pedro Leon will be headed to the Astros and, hopefully, keeping that international magic going Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Seems like it’s now official that Pedro Leon will be joining the Astros (Astros.com) Ghost tours are returning to Minute Maid Park this Saturday (Twitter - Houston Astros) Around the League The arbitration deadline is today so here’s a primer on what we could see...
Jan 14, 2021
Astros Trade Rumor: Andrew Benintendi

Astros Trade Rumor: Andrew Benintendi

Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports Could the former first round pick rebuild his value in Houston? The Astros have been relatively quiet this winter for the most part. Signing right-handed relievers Ryne Stanek and Pedro Báez are the only major league transactions of consequence for the club since the conclusion of the 2020 season. In a strange way, that is a welcomed development considering the turbulent nature of last year’s offseason. Something about trash cans and the “dark arts” comes to mind. Yesterday was also the one-year anniversary of arguably the...