Astros report: Josh Zeid moves on; catcher market thins
chron.com Updated Nov 22 (3 days ago)
Josh Zeid, the 27-year-old reliever who debuted with the Astros in 2013, was claimed by the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Zeid had a down year battling injuries, allowing six home runs in 20 2/3 innings with a 6.97 ERA before surgery on both his feet ende…Upvote Share Tweet
Jose Altuve proves his bat works no matter where he ischron.com 15 hours agoJose Altuve was back in Houston on Monday, fresh off a trip to Japan where he continued to rack up the hits. The Astros second baseman went 6-for-14 (.429) in a five-game series played between a team of MLB all-stars against a team of Japanese all-stars…Upvote Share Tweet
Paying top dollar for a closer might makes sense for Astros after allchron.com Nov 22 (3 days ago)Big money for a reliever isn’t the same as big money for a player at another position, and that could be a reason why the Astros might spend top dollar for a ninth-inning arm. On one hand, it’s counter-intuitive for the Astros to make a reliever their h…Upvote Share Tweetchron.com Nov 21 (5 days ago)At the last minute Thursday, the Astros seemed to get it right. Then they did what they’ve done so well, so often this year: made it messy. The baseball world was confused Thursday when the Astros decided they would protect a low-ceiling, Class AAA infi…Upvote Share TweetThe Astros added infielder Ronnie Torreyes and right-handed pitcher Vincent Velasquez to their 40-man roster on Thursday, which was the deadline to set rosters and protect players them from being selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft.Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers had talks with Astros about acquiring a catcherMLB.com Nov 20 (5 days ago)The Tigers picked up the club option on Alex Avila's contract earlier this week, but they remain in the news surrounding catching. While Major League sources confirmed a report from FOXSports.com that Detroit had talks with the Astros about their catchi…Upvote Share Tweet
Josh Zeid claimed by Tigers on waiverschron.com Nov 20 (5 days ago)Righthanded pitcher Josh Zeid, who appeared in 48 games the last two seasons for the Astros, has been claimed on waivers by the Tigers, the team announced on its twitter feed. The move leaves the Astros with 37 players on the 40-man roster, which must b…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros shuffle titles in front office, name new video coordinatorchron.com Nov 20 (5 days ago)One of the few remaining holdovers from the last Astros regime will not return for 2015, a decision that seems to fit with the overall, new-age direction general manager Jeff Luhnow is moving. Video coordinator Jim Summers, the former Green Beret who sp…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros check on SP Brett AndersonA person familiar with the matter said the Astros have checked in on starting pitcher Brett Anderson, a lefty who lives in Houston and can be dominant when healthy. Anderson has not cracked 100 innings since his first two seasons in the big leagues, 200…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros report: Astros again looking at extensions, but nothing new with CastroThe Astros have not shied away from pursuing contract extensions with their players in the past and they’ll do their homework again this winter. As more of the prospects become big leaguers and reach arbitration, locking up a few players long term will …Upvote Share Tweet
James Harden and Orbit star in latest SportsCenter promoRockets star James Harden and Astros mascot Orbit co-star in a new “This is SportsCenter” promo that will debut on Wednesday on ESPN. The clip, loosely based on the film “Gravity,” features Harden in ESPN’s control center, monitoring satellite feeds for…Upvote Share Tweet
Listach hired to manage Mariners' Triple-A clubMLB.com Nov 18 (7 days ago)Former Major League shortstop Pat Listach, who worked last season as the Astros' third-base coach, has been hired by the Mariners to manage Triple-A Tacoma in 2015, the clubs announced Tuesday.Upvote Share TweetThe Astros avoided arbitration with outfielder Alex Presley by signing him to a one-year, $1 million contract on Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Rich Dauer, Gary Pettis highlight experienced Astros coaching staffchron.com Nov 17It’s not exactly accurate to say the staff is new. They’ve never been a unit before, but the group of coaches Astros manager A.J. Hinch has brought together for 2015 has been around the block, or the bases, as it may be. Hinch is the youngest of the gro…Upvote Share Tweet
Orbit a hit with locals in TokyoMLB.com Nov 17Astros mascot Orbit has entertained locals and made new friends while checking out the sites on adventures at the Japan All-Star Series.Upvote Share Tweet
Altuve plays catalyst in MLB's first win in JapanMLB.com Nov 16Astros second baseman Jose Altuve did a little bit of everything in the MLB squad's 6-1 win over Samurai Japan in Game 4 of the Japan All-Star Series on Sunday at the Tokyo Dome.Upvote Share Tweet
Astros prospects’ team comes away with AFL titlechron.com Nov 16The Salt River Rafters, the team carrying Astros’ prospects in the Arizona Fall League, won the league’s championship Saturday, 14-7 over the Peoria Javelinas in Scottsdale. Salt River finished the season 17-11, best in the six-team league. In the regul…Upvote Share Tweet
Rudy Owens signs minor league deal with A’schron.com Nov 15Rudy Owens made his major-league debut on May 23. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Former Astros lefthander Rudy Owens said Saturday that he has signed a minor league deal with the A’s with an invite to spring training. “I’m excited for the opportunity,” O…Upvote Share TweetTaking a question about the Cubs, Scott Boras dove into a long assessment of tanking in baseball during the recent GM meetings in Phoenix. He didn’t cite the Cubs or Astros by name in giving the answer, but there’s no question Jim Crane and Jeff Luhnow’…Upvote Share Tweet
Amateur pitcher’s grievance against Astros still pendingThe Astros’ concern with Brady Aiken’s arm forced Houston to not sign the No. 1 overall draft pick. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle ) PHOENIX — The grievance filed on behalf of amateur pitcher Jacob Nix is still pending, a person familiar with the fi…Upvote Share Tweet
DeFrancesco to manage Astros’ AAA club in 2015PHOENIX — Tony DeFrancesco will manage the Astros’ Class AAA club in 2015, general manager Jeff Luhnow confirmed. DeFrancesco was expected to return, although he’ll be in a new setting with the Astros’ new affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies. DeFrancesco in…Upvote Share Tweet
MLB stars take part in Japanese tea ceremonyMLB.com Nov 13A day after arriving to Tokyo from Osaka via bullet train, Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler, Cardinals reliever Randy Choate and Angels pitcher Hector Santiago participated in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony on Friday, several hours before their game…Upvote Share Tweet
Mark Appel has quite the watch party for final Arizona Fall League startchron.com Nov 13PHOENIX — Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow spent the final night of the GM meetings about 20 minutes away from the Biltmore Hotel at an Arizona Fall League game, where his best pitching prospect, Mark Appel, was starting. Luhnow wasn’t alone, either. …Upvote Share Tweetchron.com Nov 13PHOENIX — The Astros touched base with all of the 29 other teams and many agents but general manager Jeff Luhnow did not leave the Arizona Biltmore hotel on Thursday thinking anything was imminent. “No, but there is stuff we’ve pushed further along this…Upvote Share Tweetchron.com Nov 12PHOENIX – The little kid in the schoolyard wants to be taken seriously. No one’s seen him play with the big kids before, so everyone has doubted him to this point. But maybe he can hold his own. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow sounds hungry to enter …Upvote Share Tweet
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