ASTROS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Price may be too steep for Astros to deal

The Astros were continuing their pursuit of starting pitching Saturday -- two days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- but the high cost associated with landing one of the coveted arms on the market could preclude the Astros from getting involved.
Via Astros.com
1 hour ago

Astros Trade Rumors: Is Luhnow Looking at Rays Trio of SP

Is a quiet Astros deadline about to get a bit of Florida sunshine? Welcome to the time where Astros trade rumors are usually running wild like the 2015 season. It has been rather quiet thus far this offseason, but that does not mean that Jeff Luhnow has been sitting around making paper airplanes. Luhnow has […] Astros Trade Rumors: Is Luhnow Looking at Rays Trio of SP - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 hour ago

Gonzalez's hand injury leaves Astros short-handed

Even after calling up first baseman Tyler White on Friday when infielder Luis Valbuena went on the disabled list, the Astros are still dealing with a short bench. Outfielder Carlos Gomez (right hamstring strain) and infielder Marwin Gonzalez (sore right hand) were both unlikely to play Saturday, leaving Evan Gattis as the only bench player for the game against the Tigers.
Via Astros.com
1 hour ago

MLB Trade Idea: Could McGee be an option for the Astros bullpen?

After struggling in 2016, McGee would find success in Houston. One of the keys for the Houston Astros coming out of the All-Star break was getting Tony Sipp going. After pitching two solid years for this Astros team, Sipp’s 2016 has been the worst of his career. In his five appearances after the All-Star break, […] MLB Trade Idea: Could McGee be an option for the Astros bullpen...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
3 hours ago

Gurriel sees first action with GCL Astros

Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel was in the lineup for the first time on Saturday in Kissimmee, Fla., for the Gulf Coast League Astros at designated hitter, after having his work visa approved, general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
Via Astros.com
6 hours ago

Ken Giles is dominant again

Despite the early struggles of the Houston Astros’ Ken Giles, he has become one of the Astros best arms out of the bullpen. I hate reminiscing on how close we were to the ALCS last October. The Houston Astros were six outs away from knocking off the eventual World Series champions, and it still hurts […] Houston Astros: Ken Giles is dominant again - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
7 hours ago

Martinez, Gonzalez share a tender moment at Tigers-Astros game

Just because the Detroit Tigers and the Houston Astros are playing against each other doesn't mean there has to be any love lost between the players.As evidenced by this tender moment shared between first basemen Victor Martinez and Marwin Gonzalez.The Tigers' Martinez hit a long single in the bottom of the first inning Friday, landing him at first — and well within lip-reach...
Via FOX Sports
18 hours ago

Astros place Luis Valbuena on 15-day disabled list

The Houston Astros placed infielder Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 27, due to a right hamstring strain. Infielder Tyler White will replace him on the roster. The #Astros have recalled IF Tyler White from Triple A and have placed IF Luis Valbuena on the 15-day DL with a right hamstring […] The post Astros place Luis Valbuena on 15-day disabled list...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

McCullers, Rasmus help Astros over Yankees 4-1

HOUSTON (AP) Lance McCullers struck out 10 in six solid innings, Colby Rasmus broke out of a slump with a two-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night. Rasmus snapped an 0-for-29 skid when he sent an off-speed pitch from Masahiro Tanaka (7-3) into the seats behind the bullpen in right-center field to make it 4-0 with one out in the third...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros fan starts GoFundMe page to buy out Gomez contract

Carlos Gomez without a doubt has so far suffered through a disappointing 2016 season. And it’s apparently gotten so bad one Houston Astros fan believes it’s time to cut the struggling outfielder loose. And if the Astros organization isn’t willing to foot the bill to accomplish it? Perhaps a contingent of fans could band together to help alleviate the financial burden. Andrew...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros prospect Bregman gets call to majors year out of LSU

HOUSTON (AP) It was just over a year ago that Alex Bregman finished his career at LSU. Now, he's a major leaguer. Bregman made his big league debut for the Astros on Monday night against the New York Yankees after flying through the minors. He was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2015 draft and is considered one of the top prospects in baseball by many. ''It's been a fun last year...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros give $1.5M deal with Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra

HOUSTON (AP) Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus as part of his minor league contract with the Houston Astros. The 22-year-old played for Avispas de Santiago from 2012-14 in Cuba. He appeared in 91 games, playing 47 games at second base and 26 games at shortstop. ''Anibal is an athletic shortstop who can hit and play multiple positions, and...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers have had a nice little rivalry since the Astros moved over to the American League, and it appears the hate between the two organizations runs through the veins of the minor league system. On Sunday, players and coaches from the Double-A affiliates of the Astros and Rangers threw punches and more during a second-inning bench-clearing brawl. The...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Astros Call-Up Alex Bregman

At birth, Alex Bregman was touched by the Baseball Gods. He is not very big, not very fast, not especially graceful, and yet he somehow finds a way to do everything you can ask of a baseball player. He turned an unassisted triple play at age four. He was already very clearly the best high-school baseball player in the history of New Mexico before his senior year when a bad hop broke...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball's top prospect called up to majors by Astros

On Sunday, the Astros called up top prospect Alex Bregman to the big leagues. The 22-year-old Bregman is expected to make his major league debut on Monday in Houston against the New York Yankees. The only question left to answer is where exactly he will be playing defensively. Though primarily a shortstop, Bregman has the ability to play multiple infield positions. Each spot on...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros trade rumors: starting pitching edition

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has already alluded to the fact that he expects to make some sort of trade before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. In terms of potential big moves, the expectation is the Astros will not be as active at the deadline as last July, when they sent two prospects to the Oakland Athletics for Scott Kazmir and four to the Milwaukee Brewers...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Houston Astros’ Yulieski Gourriel

Last week the Houston Astros signed Cuban defector Yulieski Gourriel to a 5-year $47.5 million deal.  The third basemen, who is also rumored to have game experience at other infield positions, defected with his younger brother, Lourdes Gourriel Jr., from Cuba back in February and has garnered significant interest from teams around the league.  Unlike many recent Cuban player signed...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Prince Fielder could be done for the season

The Texas Rangers were dealt bad news on Wednesday. Prince Fielder’s 2016 season may be over. Prince Fielder has another neck herniation....may be done for the season....know more after Friday exam — TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) July 20, 2016 Any time neck injuries enter into the equation, the news in very bad. In the case of Fielder, it’s even worse. He missed nearly...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Astros prospect Alex Bregman suggests he’ll be called up Friday

One of baseball’s best prospects may be making his way to the majors soon. In an interview on Tuesday, Houston Astros star prospect Alex Bregman was asked whom he may be making his debut against. Bregman’s answer hinted that his arrival may be forthcoming. “I don’t know,” Bregman said to Sean Pendergast, Rich Lord and Ted Johnson on SportsRadio 610. “I think...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa Looks Historically Great

Carlos Correa placed second last week on the trade-value list that Dave Cameron puts together every season. That placement seemed to surprise some, given that Correa is having a very good, but not great season. Correa’s 120 wRC+ is hardly spectacular, even if that number increases to 150 if you start with the latter part of May. He has improved over the last few months, but even...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros announcer is mesmerized by… sideline reporter’s blue eyes?

During a normal regular season matchup between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics, something definitely abnormal happened on the Astros telecast. In-game reporter Julia Morales of Root Sports filed a piece during the bottom of the 8th inning. The response from the Astros broadcast booth and play by play announcer Alan Ashby was to comment on how enchanted he was with Morales’...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ryan Blakney gives overly enthusiastic strike two call

It’s not uncommon to see a Major League Baseball umpire with an emphatic motion to signal strike three. Some have their own signature moves. On Sunday, Ryan Blakney gave an overly enthusiastic call for a strike that wasn’t the third one. With a two ball, one strike count during the top of the fifth inning of a game between the Astros and Mariners, Mike Montgomery delivered a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Yulieski Gurriel and Houston’s Rotation

He is 32 years old. He will always be a Cuban legend. His name is Yulieski Gurriel, and for the next five years—ideally—he will be a member of the Houston Astros. As for where he will fit, as for his production—well, that remains to be seen. From the age of 17, when Gurriel first stepped foot onto the field for Sancti Spiritus, the Cuban National Series had a star on their...
Via The Sports Post
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Yulieski Gurriel is a Smart Addition for the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros made a splash move by signing cuban talent Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year $47.5 million contract. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has had his eye on Gurriel for over a decade now when he first saw him play in a tournament in Amsterdam. Lunhow is thrilled to finally bring Gurriel to the Astros after having the dream of this for so long. “To be able to...
Via The Sports Journal
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Astros phenom Carlos Correa blaze around the bases and score from 2B on a wild pitch

Still need proof that Carlos Correa is among the game's brightest young stars?The Houston Astros' shortstop is in just his second major-league season, but he has the instincts of a veteran. His speed doesn't hurt, either, as he showed in the 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.Correa was on second base when Mariners lefty James Paxton uncorked a wild pitch -- one of...
Via FOX Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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