Last Build Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:01:04 EDT
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 22:39:05 EDTMore 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.
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 17:59:19 EDTThousands 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."
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 13:46:20 EDTWatch every homer from Beltran's '04 postseason
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:57:39 EDTGeorge 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.
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:56:39 EDTAs 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.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:59:55 EDTStay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:15:09 EDTMajor League Baseball's players and owners have reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:25:55 EDTAstros 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.
Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:46:17 EDTWho 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.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:33:11 EDTThe 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.
Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:30:00 EDTAt 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.
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 19:42:14 EDTThe 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.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:39:49 EDTJim Callis identifies the top 25 prospects from the 2016 Arizona Fall League.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:35:10 EDTThe 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.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:29:20 EDTThe 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.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:00:00 EDTJeff 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.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:56:16 EDTMany 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.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:27:46 EDTBrian 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.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:35:22 EDTIn 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.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:52:09 EDTMcCann's greatest game came against his new team
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:00:25 EDTThe 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.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:57:21 EDTWith 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.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:54:21 EDTWhile 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.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:26:16 EDTThe Astros have tabbed former Major League shortstop Alex Cora to be their bench coach, the club announced Tuesday.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:30:37 EDTWatch mascots try to pull off the #MannequinChallenge
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:45:00 EDTAnother 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.
Wed, 9 Nov 2016 11:28:17 EDTIn 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.
Wed, 9 Nov 2016 22:15:58 EDTAstros 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.
Tue, 8 Nov 2016 21:55:13 EDTAstros left-hander Dallas Keuchel will have to make room on his mantelpiece for another Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Tue, 8 Nov 2016 20:40:42 EDTFor 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.
Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EDTThe 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.