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Parsing Pedro Leon

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The Astros reportedly came to terms with hyped Cuban outfielder Pedro Leon on a deal that will become official in July. Here’s what we know so far. Having been stripped of their top draft picks in 2020 and 2021, the Astros best opportunities to add talent to the farm system in the short term will be in the international and trade markets. Earlier this month, they made their first big strike internationally, reportedly agreeing on a deal with 22 year old Cuban outfielder Pedro Leon that will pay him a signing bonus of over $4 million. This is the largest...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees 2020 Season Preview: Albert Abreu

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Abreu will attempt to harness his high ceiling potential and become a contributor at the major league level in 2020. When Gary Sanchez emerged as the catcher of the present and future in late 2016 it made Brian McCann an expendable piece on a Yankees roster that was being retooled towards youth. That winter the Yankees moved McCann to the Houston Astros for two pitchers in the lower levels of the minors, Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. The former has been moved from the organization as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade, while Abreu has slowly...


Dodgers News: Tyler White Acknowledges Astros’ Wrongdoing With Sign Stealing

Upon completing trades with the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins to acquire Mookie Betts, David Price, Brusdar...

Amazin Avenue

J.D. Davis looks to build off his breakout season

Photo by Elsa/ The ebullient youngster was a fantastic addition to the team last season. At the time he came over from the Astros in a trade last offseason, J.D. Davis seemed like an unnecessary and uninspired move. He had struggled in the majors in limited playing time and ended up being expendable to Houston. Despite enjoying a breakout season with the Mets, it is that connection to Houston that is now attached to Davis like a shadow. After Carlos Beltran was hired, Davis was supportive of the new manager who he knew from his time with the Astros, and he went so far as to deny any...

Bless You Boys

2020 BYB Tigers Prospects #8: C Jake Rogers

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports He can field. He has power. He can even walk! But can he hit? Attention, passengers: this is the last stop on the Jake Rogers prospect train. Please gather your belongings and prepare to depart. Catcher Jake Rogers has been a top 10 prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ farm system since the team acquired him, right-handed pitcher Franklin Perez, and outfielder Daz Cameron from the Houston Astros in exchange for franchise legend Justin Verlander at the trade deadline in 2017. Verlander has produced 13.0 fWAR for Houston in the past two seasons alone, but hey,...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets means never having to say you’re sorry

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The Astros dump gasoline on the fire with a bungled public apology. More thoughts on the Mookie Betts trade, which both Boston and the Padres may regret. Some minor league stuff. Since I’m in the penalty box for the crime of living in the state of California, I’m going to say a few things that I’d normally put into a separate article here. I’ll be briefer than I normally would be. There are also some links that I’d normally do full stories on, but you’re only going to get my thoughts here. A lot of this sign-stealing scandal could have been...

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Should the Astros pursue Danny Salazar

Photo by David Maxwell/ With a new General Manager in place, there has been some activity on the Free Agent market after the Astros were linked to Hunter Pence. With that in mind, I figured we’d continue our potential bargain bin signing pitchers with Danny Salazar. Who is Danny Salazar? Salazar, 30, is a 6’0 right handed pitcher hailing from the Dominican Republic, signing in 2006. Here was what MinorLeagueBall had to say about him when he was their prospect of the day in 2013: ”Born January 11, 1990 in Santo Domingo, DR, Salazar isn’t a huge guy at 6-0, 190, but he has plenty...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets is trying to make things right

Photo by Rich Schultz/ More fallout from the Astros sign-stealing scandal, the Mookie Betts trade and a blue baseball field. Happy Wednesday! It’s my turn to go MLB Bulleting. Pitchers and catchers are reporting to camps, workouts are happening, games begin soon... and yet, the Astros sign-stealing scandal is still making news. There are still more repercussions from that scandal, as Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich write. It looks like Carlos Beltran was even more heavily involved than had previously been reported. (The Athletic subscription required) If you don’t have a...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 11th, 2020

Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire via Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around 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 Mike Bolsinger has filed suit against the Astros claiming that his final outing against them changed the course of his career (MLB Trade Rumors) Chandler Rome has released his latest mailbag, starting with whether or not Click will clean house (Texas Sports Nation, $$$) Masahiro Tanaka was asked if he was mad about the Astros and you’ll be...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros fall behind Yankees, Dodgers in World Series odds

Offseason maneuverings have seen the Astros fall behind the Yankees and Dodgers in World Series odds. It’s not been the best offseason for Houston Astros fans. First, key players Gerrit Cole, Wade Miley, Will Harris and Robinson Chirinos left for greener pastures in free agency. Then the poo hit the fan with the sign stealing […] Astros fall behind Yankees, Dodgers in World Series odds - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets is finally on the move

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ The long-delayed trade sending Betts to Mookiewood is finally on. The Twins trade is back on, but the Angels trade is off. A.J. Hinch speaks and new evidence emerges against the Astros front office. Can Manny be Manny in Italy? Good morning. I’m still upset at the Academy for not giving me an Oscar last night. Just to try to lighten things up, I always loved Petra Haden’s a cappella version of the Don Henley classic “The Boys of Summer.” Also, google “The Curse of Colonel Sanders” sometime. You’ll thank me later. After a long delay...

Call to the Pen

Houston Astros: A.J. Hinch fiddles while the Astrogate espionage still burns

While A.J. Hinch sort of apologized for his role in Astrogate, the Houston Astros scandal is becoming more and more damning. A.J. Hinch told Sports Illustrated‘s Tom Verducci and an Astrogate-troubled baseball nation that he was sorry he didn’t do more to stop the Astro Intelligence Agency’s extralegal high-tech cheating operation. And even as he […] Houston Astros: A.J. Hinch fiddles while the Astrogate espionage still burns - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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NYY News: The Banging Scheme takes another turn

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Astros GM was approached about sign-stealing scheme in September 2016; Mookie Betts trade still in limbo; A lower-profile Yankees prospect to keep an eye on. CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: The Astros sign-stealing scandal has taken another turn. In a report published by the Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that an intern approached general manager Jeff Luhnow about a “Codebreaker” scheme in September 2016. The report implicated the team’s front office to a greater extent than was previously established, and casts doubt on the depth on MLB’s...

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A Luxury Tax Refresher Before Spring Training

Photo by Bob Levey/ The Astros are under new management now, but the payroll limitations are still in play. Twice this offseason I have written about the Astros player payroll situation for 2020. One was an early analysis before free agency took place while the second was a relatively brief look once the carnage of the open market somewhat settled down. In short, the Astros are going to sport one of the highest player payrolls in baseball, regardless of the finer details pertaining to average annual value calculations or exact player benefits. But before we dive into the actual...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros News: Houston has made an offer to free agent Hunter Pence

The Houston Astros have apparently reached out to free-agent outfielder Hunter Pence with an offer to return to the ballclub. The Astros new regime of GM James Click and manager Dusty Baker aren’t wasting any time to make their mark on this team. According to reports, an offer has been made to former Houston outfielder […] Astros News: Houston has made an offer to free agent Hunter Pence - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

House of Houston

Houston Astros: Ranking the Top 4 lefties to make the Opening Day roster

There are four lefties competing to make the Houston Astros’ opening day roster. But how do they stack up? Read on to find out. With veteran manager, Dusty Baker, now at the helm for the Houston Astros, and starter, Wade Miley, gone via free agency, it’s a little more difficult to predict the pecking order […] Houston Astros: Ranking the Top 4 lefties to make the Opening Day roster - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!


Phightin’ Words: 2/4/20

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Baseball......please We’re winding down the offseason, but there are still some news tidbits to consume, especially a particularly juicy one about a certain second-best player in baseball who might be traded. Phillies news This profile by Meghan Montemurro on Andrew McCutchen is outstanding ($). Hi, Reggie McClain! MLB news The Mariners made a move yesterday, inking lefty Marco Gonzales to a four year extension. Which means Jerry DiPoto already has a trade lined up to send him out. The Astros have a new general manager, hiring James Click away from the...

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NYY News: Mookie on the move?

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Mookie Betts trade rumors heating up; An Astros fan spent upwards of 50 hours collecting data on the cheating scandal; Cameron Maybin may be heading to the NL NJ.com | Randy Miller: Trade rumors surrounding Mookie Betts have heated up as of late. Shipping him out of the AL East would benefit the Yankees by making not only the Red Sox weaker, but also the division. That could lead to more wins for New York and help them obtain home-field advantage throughout the postseason. NYPost.com | Peter Botte: An Astros fan spent upwards of 50 hours re-watching games from the...

Call to the Pen

Pittsburgh Pirates: Reassessing the Chris Archer trade

At the 2018 trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates took a gamble by acquiring Chris Archer. In 2020, let’s reassess the trade to see how it panned out. In the middle of the 2018 offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded their top starter and former number one overall draft pick Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros. While […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Reassessing the Chris Archer trade - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 29th, 2020 (POLL)

So, uh, in Dusty we trusty? | Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around 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 It hasn’t been 100% confirmed but all reports seem to indicate that the Astros are zeroing in on Dusty Baker to be the next manager (MLB Trade Rumors) So here’s the first of what I’m sure will be many profiles on Dusty Baker (ABC 13) If he’s going to manage the Astros though, he’ll need to adapt to a more modern...

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The best Yankees’ prospect names

Photo by Michael Reaves/ With the top prospect lists coming out, let’s dig through the Yankees’ systems for the bests in a different category. We are now at the point in the offseason where things are pretty slow. This year is a little different thanks to the Astros’ whole mess, but other than that, this time of year is for some sparse trades and signings. It’s also for prospect lists. In the past couple days, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus’ lists have come out, while MLB Pipeline’s will come out today. Finding out what prospects could someday turn into superstars...

Jays Journal

Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Top Prospects: #26 Hector Perez

The Jays Journal staff returns with our yearly Top 30 prospect rankings. The #26 spot goes to a starting pitcher from the Dominican Republic, Hector Perez. Name: Hector Perez Position: SP Age: 23 Height: 6’3” Weight: 218lbs Throws: Right Bats: Right Acquired: Signed as an International Free Agent by the Astros on July 14, 2014 […] Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Top Prospects: #26 Hector Perez - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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How to Deploy Brad Peacock in 2020

Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via The Astros have a swingman on their pitching staff and his exact role will have a ripple effect on the upcoming season. As currently constructed, the Astros figure to have multiple openings across the entire pitching staff. That is simply the reality when there are multiple departures via free agency, most notably Gerrit Cole and Will Harris. Not only did the quality of the pitching staff take a hit this offseason, the overall depth also absorbed a blow. In short, this is why former GM Jeff Luhnow in his last trade acquired right-hander Austin...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 21st, 2020

Photo by Richard Rodriguez/ Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around 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 Jeff Banister will be interviewed by the Astros for the open manager position because we haven’t been punished enough (MLB Trade Rumors)Eduardo Perez has also thrown his hat into the ring (Astros.com)The Rise and Fall of the Houston Astros has been both swift and brutal (New York Times)And here is an examination of 20 possible legal and punitive consequences...

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Collin McHugh

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ A pitcher the Astros turned around? It’s worked out once for the Yankees already this winter. Spring training kicks off in a few weeks. Most of the big moves have been made by teams around the league, and each club is now examining whether there’s one more thing they can do to shore up depth. For the Yankees, they’ve stepped away from their typical playbook this winter by not adding at least one reliever - they extended Aroldis Chapman, and watched Dellin Betances head to Queens. The bullpen has been a source of strength for the Yankees for a long time now,...

Biggest 2019 MLB Trade Deadline moves

Zack Greinke to the Astros. Marcus Stroman to the Mets. Trevor Bauer to the Reds. Yasiel Puig on the Indians. It was a quality MLB Trade Deadline!

Astros trade for Zack Greinke at the DEADLINE | CBS Sports HQ

Houston Astros acquired Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks right at the buzzer of the MLB Trade Deadline. CBS Sports HQ’s David Sampson breaks down the the impact Greinke will have in Houston, and if this puts the Astros over the top in their race

Zack Greinke to the Astros and the biggest moves of the 2019 MLB trade deadline | Baseball Tonight

Buster Olney, Mark Teixeira, Tim Kurkjian, Jeff Passan and Keith Law react to the biggest stories of the 2019 MLB trade deadline including the blockbuster trade that sent Arizona Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves