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Sources: Beltran returning to Houston in 2017

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 22:39:05 EDT

More than a decade after his memorable postseason performance for the Astros helped vault him to stardom, Carlos Beltran is returning to Houston for 2017 after agreeing Saturday to a one-year, $16 million contract with a full no-trade clause, a source confirmed to MLB.com. The team has not confirmed the deal.



Astros fans flock to holiday event at Minute Maid

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 17:59:19 EDT

Thousands of Astros fans, buoyed by seasonal temperatures and a flurry of offseason signings, took a chance to escape Saturday's torrential rain by coming to Minute Maid Park for the team's first Homeplate for the Holidays event, which featured an appearance by "Orbit Claus."



Watch every homer from Beltran's '04 postseason

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 13:46:20 EDT

Watch every homer from Beltran's '04 postseason



Sources: Springer on US provisional roster for WBC

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:57:39 EDT

George Springer is on the United States' provisional roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, sources told MLB.com's Jon Morosi on Friday, and the Astros' right fielder is reportedly strongly considering playing.



Astros avoid arbitration with Aoki, tender deals to 7

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:56:39 EDT

As expected, all seven of the Astros' arbitration-eligible players were tendered contracts on Friday, which was the deadline for teams to offer contracts to those players.



Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:59:55 EDT

Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.



Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:15:09 EDT

Major League Baseball's players and owners have reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season.



Springer willing, ready for more games in CF

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:25:55 EDT

Astros outfielder George Springer came through the Minor Leagues as a center fielder and moved to right field when he reached the Majors to accommodate Dexter Fowler. The addition of free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick means Springer will get more time in center in 2017, but versatility remains a key strength for manager A.J. Hinch.



Astros' Top 30 Prospects list

Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:46:17 EDT

Who do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.



The Next Big Leaguers: Astros' Martes

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:33:11 EDT

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.



Astros' early moves ease pressure of Meetings

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:30:00 EDT

At this pace, the most stressful part of the Winter Meetings for Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow might be his daily workout in the hotel gym.



Astros staff steps up at Thanksgiving

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 19:42:14 EDT

The Astros are always in the spirit of giving off the field, thanks to the Astros Foundation. It's the official team charity active all year long, raising money and donating time. That's especially true during the holidays, when help is needed the most.



Martes, Laureano among Fall League's Top 25 prospects

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:39:49 EDT

Jim Callis identifies the top 25 prospects from the 2016 Arizona Fall League.



Reddick ready to contribute to young Astros

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:35:10 EDT

The Astros made it clear from the beginning of free agency that left-handed-hitting outfielder Josh Reddick was a high-priority signing for the club in strengthening its lineup.



Astros open roster space, outright Singleton

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:29:20 EDT

The Astros cleared two spots off their 40-man roster on Tuesday by outrighting former top prospect Jon Singleton to Triple-A Fresno and losing infielder Nolan Fontana, who was claimed off outright waivers by the Angels.



After falling short, Bagwell seeks HOF push

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:00:00 EDT

Jeff Bagwell is on the Hall of Fame ballot for a seventh time this year. He received 71.6 percent of votes last year, just shy of the 75-percent mark needed for election.



Laureano among Fall League's top breakout prospects

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:56:16 EDT

Many players had what could be considered breakout AFL campaigns. Here's a group of 10 of the best. There might be some crossover with the Top 20 prospects list coming on Tuesday, but it's largely a group of names everyone should get to know a bit better based on how they played this fall.



Astros acquire McCann from Yanks for 2 Minor League pitchers

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:27:46 EDT

Brian McCann seemed like a perfect fit for the Astros, a left-handed-hitting catcher who could still provide some offensive punch while giving them some veteran leadership. The Astros pulled off a deal on Thursday to acquire McCann, sending Minor League pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman to the Yankees.



Altuve finishes 3rd in AL MVP Award vote

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:35:22 EDT

In a season in which he provided the catalyst to the Astros' offense all year long and posted career-high numbers in several offensive categories, All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve earned a third-place finish in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.



McCann's greatest game came against his new team

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:52:09 EDT

McCann's greatest game came against his new team



Astros sign free-agent Morton to 2-year deal

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:00:25 EDT

The Astros added some depth and experience to their starting-rotation mix Wednesday by reaching a two-year deal with free-agent right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton, who was injured most of last season.



Astros' Martes sharp in final Fall League start

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:57:21 EDT

With a trip to the Arizona Fall League championship at stake, the Glendale Desert Dogs turned to their top hurler, Francis Martes, on the final day of the regular season -- and the No. 29 overall prospect did not disappoint.



Astros' CL team to play at Campbell U for 2017-18

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:54:21 EDT

While the Astros finalize plans to move their Class A Advanced affiliate to Fayetteville, N.C., beginning in 2019, the team announced Thursday that Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., will serve as the temporary home for their new Carolina League team in '17-18.



Astros hire Cora as bench coach

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:26:16 EDT

The Astros have tabbed former Major League shortstop Alex Cora to be their bench coach, the club announced Tuesday.



Watch mascots try to pull off the #MannequinChallenge

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:30:37 EDT

Watch mascots try to pull off the #MannequinChallenge



Altuve takes home 3rd straight Silver Slugger Award

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:45:00 EDT

Another day means another award for Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. One day after winning the Players Choice Award as the 2016 Player of the Year and the Outstanding Player in the American League, Altuve on Thursday won his third consecutive Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award at second base in the AL.



Astros will use assets to add impact bats

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 11:28:17 EDT

In 2009, the Astros' Opening Day payroll was roughly $103 million. It hasn't been that high again since. Now, the Astros are ready to spend again, coming off their first back-to-back winning seasons in a decade.



Altuve wins three Players Choice Awards

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 22:15:58 EDT

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve garnered two more awards Wednesday night, edging out Boston's Mookie Betts and David Ortiz for the Players Choice Award as the 2016 Player of the Year, as well as winning the Outstanding Player in the American League.



Keuchel wins third straight Gold Glove Award

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 21:55:13 EDT

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel will have to make room on his mantelpiece for another Rawlings Gold Glove Award.



Luhnow confident in Astros' to-do list

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 20:40:42 EDT

For the Astros, the bottom line hasn't changed. Missing the playoffs in 2016 was hugely disappointing. Big picture? This franchise is still in a great place.



Astros likely to be very involved in free agency

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EDT

The Astros figure to be major players in the free-agent market this offseason, as they hunt for upgrades to their lineup at first base, catcher and outfield, as well as some pitching depth. Some of these improvements will come via trade, but Houston has money to spend and plenty of needs.