8:20 PM EST, Fri January 28, 2022
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Ten starting pitchers the Astros might take a look at after the MLB lockout

Ten starting pitchers the Astros might take a look at after the MLB lockout

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports The Astros need one more starter. A soon-to-be Astro may be on this list. The MLB lockout has to end at some point, right? And when that time comes, the Astros will have plenty of work to do to complete their puzzle for the upcoming 2022 MLB season. One need they’ll have to address is to get another arm for the starting rotation, one that provides them with enough depth. The only move the Astros have made in terms of starters is to bring back the soon-to-be 39-year-old Justin Verlander for what will be his 17th season in the majors. And...
11 hours ago
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 28th, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 28th, 2022

Congrats to Terry Puhl and Tal Smith on being recognized for everything they’ve done for the Astros organization Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Lockout Lambada Former FO exec Tal Smith and former OF Terry Puhl will be enshrined in the Astros’ Hall of Fame (Astros.com) Here’s Terry Puhl talking about the honor of being recognized by the team (Twitter - Mark Berman) And here’s Tal Smith doing the same (Twitter - Mark Berman) The Frontier League has announced that they...
11 hours ago
Altuve vs Biggio: Your favorite 2B?

Altuve vs Biggio: Your favorite 2B?

Photo by Bob Levey/ Two Astros legends come head to head, time to choose your favorite The other day, I realized I only have 2 pieces of signed MLB memorabilia. Both of which, are from legendary Astros second basemen. I grew up in the era of Biggio and Bagwell, and more than anything Biggio is a reason I am a fan of the Astros. But I have to admit, Altuve has become the face of the Astros and my favorite player across another legendary stretch of baseball. This is obviously not a new discussion, but with the MLB lock-out still dragging on, I decided to put the two...
Jan 27, 2022
Phil Maton is a reliever to watch in 2022

Phil Maton is a reliever to watch in 2022

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports A trade deadline acquisition from Cleveland may hold a prominent role in the Astros’ 2022 bullpen. When the Astros traded Myles Straw to the now-Cleveland Guardians during last season’s trade deadline, I honestly thought a more significant trade was in the works. Perhaps for Byron Buxton? We may never know. Little did we also know the faith that James Click would have in Chas McCormick, Jake Meyers, and Jose Siri in center field, but the Straw trade felt like a setup for the baseball equivalent of a volleyball strike. Lo and behold,...
Jan 26, 2022
David Ortiz is the BBWAA’s Lone 2022 Inductee, but Several More Poised to Follow

David Ortiz is the BBWAA’s Lone 2022 Inductee, but Several More Poised to Follow

Photo by Elsa/ Only David Ortiz met the threshold for induction this year, but the outlook is bright for some who fell short. On Tuesday, we finally got the final part of the Class of 2022 for the Hall of Fame. On his first ballot, David Ortiz reached induction, appearing on just shy of 78% of ballots. Official 2022 results from the BBWAA I have a variety of thoughts on Ortiz’s induction, and they’re pretty much all positive. I don’t know that you could tell the story of baseball in the 2000s without mentioning David Ortiz. His bat was...
Jan 26, 2022
MLB’s threat to lose games confirms that the league’s lockout was always a cynical ploy

MLB’s threat to lose games confirms that the league’s lockout was always a cynical ploy

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Suspicions stemming from the early days of the lockout have been validated. On Dec. 2, in the wake of Major League Baseball’s implemented lockout, commissioner Rob Manfred wrote “A letter to baseball fans.” In the eight-paragraph missive, one sentence stood out: This defensive lockout was necessary because the Players Association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive. Ignoring the comical claim made at the end — baseball already has a problem in regard to competitive...
Jan 26, 2022
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 26th, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 26th, 2022

Photo by Bob Levey/ My lack of surprise at the HoF voting being revealed as a popularity contest among baseball writers who take themselves way too seriously is palpable Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Lockout Lambada In a move that was fully expected, David Ortiz has officially been named to the Hall of Fame (MLB Trade Rumors) But the bigger conversation is about the big names that have fallen off the ballot due to personal morality clauses of BBWA writers...
Jan 24, 2022
Astros Top Three Catcher Prospects For 2022

Astros Top Three Catcher Prospects For 2022

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10, 2021: Korey Lee #35 of the Glendale Desert Dogs bats against the Mesa Solar Sox at Camelback Ranch on November 10, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. | Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Check out the top three catching prospects for 2022 Now that 2022 is here, it is time to start looking at the top three prospects at each position as we lead up to the Astros top 30 prospect list. We this rankings, I will focus on prospects who primarily played this position. This week we are looking into the catcher position. 1. Korey Lee (AAA) Broadly...
Jan 24, 2022
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 24th, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 24th, 2022

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ All these crazy football games make me yearn for a crazy baseball game Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Lockout Lambada CBA negotiations continue as the MLBPA is expected to make a counteroffer to the league at an in-person meeting today (ESPN) Business for the Hall of Fame continues during the lockout as winners will be announced on Tuesday (MLB.com) Assuming the 2022 season starts on time, here are the rankings for the top 150 outfielders in the...
Jan 22, 2022
Is Baseball Facing A Period of Irrevocable Decline or Growth?

Is Baseball Facing A Period of Irrevocable Decline or Growth?

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Can something be both dying and ready to be reborn? Everyone has an opinion. That opinion can color the perception of an event or action. Take for example the concept of a rainy day. If you look out your window, you see that it is raining. Precipitation is falling from clouds super-saturated with water. This is not in dispute. However, what your view of that precipitation can be different from person to person. For the individual who wants it to rain so that it can provide critical water for a garden or lawn, the idea of a...
Jan 21, 2022
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 21st, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 21st, 2022

Photo by Bob Levey/ So long, Skeeters, may you always play your music in the sun Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Lockout Lambada MLB and the Player’s Association are set to meet in person on Monday as they continue to very slowly negotiate the CBA (MLB.com) And it’s expected that the MLBPA will come with an economic proposal on hand for the owners (MLB Trade Rumors) Something else they’ll be discussing is the international draft and how to make it more competitive...
Jan 19, 2022
The Astros may have the assets to pursue a significant trade. Should they?

The Astros may have the assets to pursue a significant trade. Should they?

Photo by Tim Warner/ Improved depth could embolden the club to make more names available in trade talks, thus enabling them to target higher caliber big leaguers. It’s been almost seven weeks since Major League Baseball and its owners imposed a lockout. The league made a proposal to the players’ union on Jan. 13, and it’s predictably made no impact on negotiations, according to reports. The players are expected to make a counteroffer, but the general sentiment is that spring training is in jeopardy of being postponed. The deadlock seems to have no end in sight,...
Jan 19, 2022
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 19th, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 19th, 2022

Photo by Elsa/ I don’t believe that Correa hiring Boras is the death knell that a lot of fans seem to think it is, but Boras sure won’t be a helper Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Lockout Lambada The Sugar Land Skeeters have announced that they will rebrand following an official unveiling this weekend (Twitter - Jose de Jesus Ortiz) But the new name has already leaked, and it will be the Sugar Land Space Cowboys (Twitter - Mark Berman) With Hall of Fame voting...
Jan 18, 2022
After what Yuli and Yordan have done, the Astros continue betting on Cuban talent

After what Yuli and Yordan have done, the Astros continue betting on Cuban talent

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports For two straight international signing periods, Houston has signed top Cuban prospects. Last round it was Pedro León. And now it’s Kenni Gómez. Just a few years ago, the Astros couldn’t be counted as one of the teams with a history full of Cuban players. For example, they were far away from the White Sox, the Yankees, the Athletics, or the Twins. As a matter of fact, Houston didn’t have a Cuban-born ballplayer between 1979 and 2015. But in 2016, Yulieski Gurriel arrived, has continued to have success to this day, and the Astros have...
Jan 17, 2022
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 17th, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 17th, 2022

We hope that Martin Luther King Jr. Day brings a chance for everyone to reflect on the importance of diversity in America as well as the sports we love Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Lockout Lambada MLK Day brings a chance for everyone to reflect on what diversity means to America and the sports we love, which MLB Network will contribute to with a conversation airing tonight (MLB.com) A conversation that will feature some time with Astros manager Dusty Baker (Texas Sports...