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Astros report: Josh Zeid moves on; catcher market thins

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…
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  • Jose Altuve proves his bat works no matter where he is

    Jose Altuve proves his bat works no matter where he is

    chron.com 15 hours ago
    Jose 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…
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  • Paying top dollar for a closer might makes sense for Astros aft…

    Paying top dollar for a closer might makes sense for Astros after all

    chron.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…
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  • Trade potential delays Astros’ 40-man roster finalization

    Trade potential delays Astros’ 40-man roster finalization

    chron.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…
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  • Astros add pair to roster for Rule 5 Draft protection

    Astros add pair to roster for Rule 5 Draft protection

    MLB.com chron.com Nov 20 (5 days ago)
    The 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.
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  • Tigers had talks with Astros about acquiring a catcher

    Tigers had talks with Astros about acquiring a catcher

    MLB.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…
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  • Josh Zeid claimed by Tigers on waivers

    Josh Zeid claimed by Tigers on waivers

    chron.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…
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  • Astros shuffle titles in front office, name new video coordinat…

    Astros shuffle titles in front office, name new video coordinator

    chron.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…
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  • Astros check on SP Brett Anderson

    Astros check on SP Brett Anderson

    chron.com Nov 18 (7 days ago)
    A 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…
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  • Astros report: Astros again looking at extensions, but nothing …

    Astros report: Astros again looking at extensions, but nothing new with Castro

    chron.com Nov 18 (7 days ago)
    The 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 …
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  • James Harden and Orbit star in latest SportsCenter promo

    James Harden and Orbit star in latest SportsCenter promo

    chron.com Nov 18 (7 days ago)
    Rockets 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…
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  • Listach hired to manage Mariners' Triple-A club

    Listach hired to manage Mariners' Triple-A club

    MLB.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.
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  • Astros, Presley agree on $1 million deal

    Astros, Presley agree on $1 million deal

    The Astros avoided arbitration with outfielder Alex Presley by signing him to a one-year, $1 million contract on Tuesday.
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  • Rich Dauer, Gary Pettis highlight experienced Astros coaching s…

    Rich Dauer, Gary Pettis highlight experienced Astros coaching staff

    chron.com Nov 17
    It’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…
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  • Orbit a hit with locals in Tokyo

    Orbit a hit with locals in Tokyo

    MLB.com Nov 17
    Astros mascot Orbit has entertained locals and made new friends while checking out the sites on adventures at the Japan All-Star Series.
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  • Altuve plays catalyst in MLB's first win in Japan

    Altuve plays catalyst in MLB's first win in Japan

    MLB.com Nov 16
    Astros 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.
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  • Astros prospects’ team comes away with AFL title

    Astros prospects’ team comes away with AFL title

    chron.com Nov 16
    The 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…
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  • Rudy Owens signs minor league deal with A’s

    Rudy Owens signs minor league deal with A’s

    chron.com Nov 15
    Rudy 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…
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  • Scott Boras on tanking in baseball, changing the system

    Scott Boras on tanking in baseball, changing the system

    chron.com Nov 14
    Taking 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’…
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  • Amateur pitcher’s grievance against Astros still pending

    Amateur pitcher’s grievance against Astros still pending

    chron.com Nov 14
    The 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…
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  • DeFrancesco to manage Astros’ AAA club in 2015

    DeFrancesco to manage Astros’ AAA club in 2015

    chron.com Nov 14
    PHOENIX — 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…
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  • MLB stars take part in Japanese tea ceremony

    MLB stars take part in Japanese tea ceremony

    MLB.com Nov 13
    A 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…
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  • Mark Appel has quite the watch party for final Arizona Fall Lea…

    Mark Appel has quite the watch party for final Arizona Fall League start

    chron.com Nov 13
    PHOENIX — 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. …
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  • Astros leave GM meetings with nothing cooking on hot stove

    Astros leave GM meetings with nothing cooking on hot stove

    chron.com Nov 13
    PHOENIX — 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…
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  • Astros, Luhnow would go all-in for ‘the right player’

    Astros, Luhnow would go all-in for ‘the right player’

    chron.com Nov 12
    PHOENIX – 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 …
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  • 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.
  • Video - Rangers Slip Past Astros 00:39

    Rangers Slip Past Astros

    Sep 22
    Guilder Rodriguez's first career RBI lifted the Rangers past the Astros 4-3.

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