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…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros set minor league staff for 2015chron.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…Upvote Share Tweet
Jeff Luhnow says Marwin Gonzalez could be starter at thirdWith 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Minute Maid’s dimensions suit Jed Lowrie wellThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros caravan to start Jan. 20, end with FanFest on Jan. 24The 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. …Upvote Share Tweet
Aiken, Nix can prevent Astros from drafting them againchron.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…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros drop Gregorio Petit from 40-man roster; 10 days to make a moveThe 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…Upvote Share TweetAstros 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Jose Altuve’s status for winter ball up in airAlthough 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros clear another hurdle in spring training moveThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros reach settlement with unsigned draft pick Jacob Nixchron.com Dec 15The 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…Upvote Share Tweet
World Series odds: Astros are the longest shotschron.com Dec 15By 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros pitching coach Brent Strom eager to work with newest additionschron.com Dec 12In 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros, Nationals still targeting Haverhill site in West Palm Beach for spring trainingchron.com Dec 12SAN 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…Upvote Share TweetSAN 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros’ offseason spending spree indicative of new mindset for franchiseSAN 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…Upvote Share TweetSAN 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…Upvote Share Tweet
DeShields calls Rangers Rule 5 selection ‘bittersweet’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…Upvote Share TweetSAN 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Astros look to remain active in offseason free-agent marketSAN 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Can Bolstered Bullpen Put Astros In Postseason?Dec 10ESPN SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield discusses the Astros' signings of relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek.
MLB All-Stars No-Hit By JapanNov 15Japan'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.
Astros Hire A.J. HinchSep 29Buster Olney discusses the Astros' hiring of A.J. Hinch as their manager.
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