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Padres take shape as appealing template for Astros

Padres take shape as appealing template for Astros

chron.com Updated Dec 21 (yesterday)
No one is thinking about the Astros. They had their jaunt in the headlines this month, throwing a combined $54 million to free agents Jed Lowrie, Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek. Spending like that hasn’t been seen around here since Drayton McLane rode of…
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  • Astros set minor league staff for 2015

    Astros set minor league staff for 2015

    chron.com Dec 19 (3 days ago)
    The Astros set their staffs for next seasons’ minor league teams: CLASS AAA FRESNO Manager Tony DeFrancesco Pitching Coach Arthur “Ace” Adams Hitting Coach Leon Roberts Dev. Specialist (Catching) Jeff Murphy Athletic Trainer Bryan Baca Strength & Co…
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  • Jeff Luhnow says Marwin Gonzalez could be starter at third

    Jeff Luhnow says Marwin Gonzalez could be starter at third

    chron.com Dec 18 (4 days ago)
    With his shortstop in hand, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is leaving the door open at third base. “Matt Dominguez has a chance to be a very good player,” Luhnow said recently. “Two years ago, he proved that. Last year, he slid back a little bit. We…
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  • Minute Maid’s dimensions suit Jed Lowrie well

    Minute Maid’s dimensions suit Jed Lowrie well

    chron.com Dec 18 (4 days ago)
    The seven-foot wall in right field is calling. New Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie is particularly comfortable at Minute Maid Park. In 2012, when he last was a member of the team, he hit .262 with a .356 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage. He a…
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  • Astros caravan to start Jan. 20, end with FanFest on Jan. 24

    Astros caravan to start Jan. 20, end with FanFest on Jan. 24

    chron.com Dec 18 (4 days ago)
    The Astros’ annual January caravan plans are in order, with players scheduled to stop in 13 cities in a four-day span. Simultaneous tours run from Jan 20-23, with stops including the Houston area (Jan. 20 – 23), Brownsville (Jan. 20), San Antonio (Jan. …
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  • Aiken, Nix can prevent Astros from drafting them again

    Aiken, Nix can prevent Astros from drafting them again

    chron.com Dec 17 (5 days ago)
    Brady Aiken was all smiles after being drafted by Astros at No. 1 overall. (Associated Press) If you’re Jacob Nix or Brady Aiken, you probably want nothing to do with the Astros on draft day 2015, and the same sentiment likely extends in the other direc…
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  • Astros drop Gregorio Petit from 40-man roster; 10 days to make …

    Astros drop Gregorio Petit from 40-man roster; 10 days to make a move

    chron.com Dec 16 (6 days ago)
    The Astros have designated infielder Gregorio Petit for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster for newly signed shortstop Jed Lowrie. The Astros have 10 days to make a move with Petit, be it trade him or place him on waivers. If he clears waiver…
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  • Astros offseason spending closer to end after Lowrie signing

    Astros offseason spending closer to end after Lowrie signing

    Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, watching as new shortstop Jed Lowrie meets the press, says most of Astros heavy lifting is done for off-season. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle) The heavy lifting of the Astros’ offseason is most likely over. General manager Jeff L…
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  • Jose Altuve’s status for winter ball up in air

    Jose Altuve’s status for winter ball up in air

    chron.com Dec 16 (6 days ago)
    Although famed Venezuelan winter ball club Magallanes reported on its twitter account that Jose Altuve would play for them, the Astros have not given their All-Star second baseman permission to play. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who was surprised…
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  • Astros clear another hurdle in spring training move

    Astros clear another hurdle in spring training move

    chron.com Dec 16 (6 days ago)
    The Astros and Orbit have two more years on their lease in Kissimmee for spring training. (Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle) The Astros plans for a new spring training site in West Palm Beach, Fla., took another step on Tuesday when Palm Beach County Co…
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  • Astros reach settlement with unsigned draft pick Jacob Nix

    Astros reach settlement with unsigned draft pick Jacob Nix

    chron.com Dec 15
    The Astros have reached a settlement with Jacob Nix, one of the two high school pitchers the team selected in June’s draft but did not sign amidst controversy, a person familiar with the situation told the Chronicle. The player’s union filed a grievance…
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  • World Series odds: Astros are the longest shots

    World Series odds: Astros are the longest shots

    chron.com Dec 15
    By all accounts the Astros fixed a glaring hole in their bullpen at the Winter Meetings with the additions of Luke Gregorson and Pat Neshek but the wise guys in Vegas aren’t too impressed. Bovada put out its annual odds to win the World Series and has t…
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  • Astros pitching coach Brent Strom eager to work with newest add…

    Astros pitching coach Brent Strom eager to work with newest additions

    chron.com Dec 12
    In town for a baseball clinic in Montgomery County, Brent Strom rushed to Minute Maid Park on Friday afternoon to welcome his two new veteran relievers. The Astros’ 66-year-old pitching coach was as giddy as any six-year-old allowed to peek under the Ch…
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  • Astros, Nationals still targeting Haverhill site in West Palm B…

    Astros, Nationals still targeting Haverhill site in West Palm Beach for spring training

    chron.com Dec 12
    SAN DIEGO — More than halfway through a 90-day period granted to the Astros and Nationals by Palm Beach County Commissioners to find a site for a shared spring training complex, the clubs know where they want to go — the same place they wanted to be all…
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  • Gregerson’s quick deal follows market right behind Miller’s

    Gregerson’s quick deal follows market right behind Miller’s

    SAN DIEGO — Astros righty relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek are set to be introduced in a 4 p.m. CT press conference Friday at Minute Maid Park, and while the Astros probably won’t say so today, the writing’s on the wall: Gregerson, wearing No. 44…
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  • Astros’ offseason spending spree indicative of new mindset for …

    Astros’ offseason spending spree indicative of new mindset for franchise

    chron.com Dec 11
    SAN DIEGO — The Astros have yet to reach the no-limit hold ‘em table in free agency. The stakes could be bigger and probably eventually will be. Baby steps lead to bigger steps. People wanted to see them spend, and now they’ve spent. People wanted to se…
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  • Boras, Astros meet, talk Stephen Drew

    Boras, Astros meet, talk Stephen Drew

    chron.com Dec 11
    SAN DIEGO — Super agent Scott Boras has met with the Astros, he said Wednesday at the winter meetings. A person familiar with the conversation said the talk was focused on relief pitching and shortstop Stephen Drew, but not top starting pitcher Max Sche…
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  • DeShields calls Rangers Rule 5 selection ‘bittersweet’

    DeShields calls Rangers Rule 5 selection ‘bittersweet’

    chron.com Dec 11
    SAN DIEGO — New Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. found out he was taken in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning in Puerto Rico, where he’s playing winter ball. The Astros did not protect DeShields, and the Rangers chose him with the third overall…
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  • Astros lose three players in Rule 5 draft, trade their pick to …

    Astros lose three players in Rule 5 draft, trade their pick to Orioles

    chron.com Dec 11
    SAN DIEGO — The Astros were hit hard in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, losing three players in the major league phase of the draft. With the third pick in the draft, the Rangers took Delino DeShields Jr., a toolsy outfielder who’s reached Class AA. With …
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  • Astros look to remain active in offseason free-agent market

    Astros look to remain active in offseason free-agent market

    chron.com Dec 11
    SAN DIEGO — The Astros’ still could add another reliever now that they have agreed to terms with Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, but a starting pitcher and infielder appears the greater focus. “We’re exploring starting pitching,” general manager Jeff Luh…
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  • Video - Can Bolstered Bullpen Put Astros In Postseason? 01:45

    Can Bolstered Bullpen Put Astros In Postseason?

    Dec 10
    ESPN SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield discusses the Astros' signings of relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek.
  • Video - MLB All-Stars No-Hit By Japan 00:52

    MLB All-Stars No-Hit By Japan

    Nov 15
    Japan's Takahiro Norimoto combined with three relievers on a no-hitter as Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 4-0 to take a 3-0 lead in their five-game series.
  • Video - Astros Hire A.J. Hinch 00:56

    Astros Hire A.J. Hinch

    Sep 29
    Buster Olney discusses the Astros' hiring of A.J. Hinch as their manager.
  • Video - Rangers Win Fourth Straight 00:22

    Rangers Win Fourth Straight

    Sep 24
    The Rangers defeated the Astros' 5-1 to capture their 11th win in 12 games.

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