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Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:48:12 EDTThe Astros roared into the Winter Meetings as one of the most aggressive teams of the offseason, making four significant additions to their lineup and getting a starting pitcher before landing in the nation's capital. Things quieted down as the Meetings progressed, at least publicly. Behind the scenes, Houston was working to land another starting pitcher and some bullpen help, though a starter was the club's key goal.
Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:32:36 EDTRight-handed pitcher Mike Hauschild, who was drafted in the 33rd round by the Astros in 2012 and went 9-10 with a 3.22 ERA in 24 starts last season at Triple-A Fresno, was taken by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft on Friday.
Wed, 7 Dec 2016 21:01:21 EDTWith general manager Jeff Luhnow remaining firm in his belief he doesn't want to trade any players who are essential to the core of the team's production next season in his pursuit of pitching, the Astros may have to swallow hard in parting with some of their top prospects.
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:08:39 EDTAcquiring veteran hitters to an already solid core has given manager A.J. Hinch one of the deepest lineups in baseball. Needless to say, he likes where his team is headed in 2017.
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 21:25:17 EDTHaving acquired key offensive pieces within the past few weeks, the Astros are spending the remainder of the Winter Meetings trying to land another starting pitcher to bolster the rotation.
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.
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:40:49 EDTThe Astros on Monday announced their one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. Terms of the deal weren't released, but sources told MLB.com last week that Beltran would receive $16 million in 2017 with a no-trade clause
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:50:50 EDTAstros fans have a chance to bid for a meet-and-greet with Jose Altuve as part of a prize in MLB's annual "Play Ball" auction initiative, which this year will help dedicate a youth baseball and softball field in the name of late Mets staffer Shannon Forde.
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.
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:17:54 EDTThe Astros added another left-handed option to their bullpen mix on Monday by claiming Ashur Tolliver of waivers from the Angels.
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:16:08 EDTWith the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players, spanning 16 countries, who are confirmed to be participating in this year's tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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.