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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Astros discuss deal for Jose Quintana, but White Sox want a haul - Houston Chronicle

Chris Sale produced 21.7 WAR in the last four seasons. Jose Quintana produced 18.1 WAR over the same timeframe. Last year, Quintana slightly beat him (5.2-4.9). Considering that Quintana has an extra year of control and, although Sale might have a better rep, the actual production earned over their remaining contracts might not be very different.

Quintana is set to make a modest $7 million in 2017 and $8.85 million in 2018 and has team options of $10.5 million and $11.5 million for 2019 and 2020.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:47 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose quintana, trade rumors, white sox

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Carlos Beltran agrees to one-year, $16M deal with Astros

Free agent Carlos Beltran has agreed to a one-year deal worth $16 million with the Houston Astros, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The deal also includes a full no-trade clause, according to the source.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos beltran

Friday, November 25, 2016

Astros could be next season’s Cubs — and are spending like it | New York Post

“When you have a core you have identified, you want to give them a chance because nothing is guaranteed in this sport, including winning,” Houston manger A.J. Hinch said by phone.
...
The Cubs’ decision making has been better, most notably with Houston taking Mark Appel with the first pick in the 2013 draft and Chicago following with Bryant (imagine an infield with Bryant, Correa and Altuve) and in 2014 when the Astros took Brady Aiken with the first overall pick (he did not sign) and the Cubs took Schwarber fourth.

Both clubs were wild cards in 2015, but the Astros gave up a lot of their minor league depth to make not very successful trades for Carlos Gomez and Scott Kazmir that July, and then Ken Giles last offseason.

Still, that talented core remains. Bregman and Correa are 22, Altuve and Springer are 27. They are still cubs. Now, can they be Cubs?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Astros could be in market for another bat | MLB.com

“A lot of assumptions about health for next year, but if we’re healthy, we certainly have a solid, very good pitching staff that can get us where we need to go,” Luhnow said. “Adding Morton gave us some additional depth. We’re certainly in the market for another top-tier pitcher if it presents itself, but those are difficult trades to make. We’re looking, but nothing is imminent right now.”

Luhnow said signing Morton and trading for McCann were critical early moves because the Astros wanted more rotation depth and needed an upgrade at catcher. The club is still looking for offense at first base, designated hitter and the outfield, which Reddick will provide. Houston is believed to be interested in bringing back Carlos Beltran, who could provide leadership and a feared bat at DH.

“Whether it’s one more guy, two more guys, we’re certainly talking to a lot of different players and hoping we can improve our offense, the length of our lineup,” Luhnow said. “That’s been the focus for the last couple of weeks.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Houston Astros Place INF Jon Singleton On Waivers

So, it appears Jon Singleton didn’t screw himself when he signed that long-term deal. Where does he end up?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 03:27 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jon singleton

Astros’ deal with Josh Reddick makes Nori Aoki a non-tender candidate - Houston Chronicle

If the Astros are ramping up, $6.8 million isn’t a lot to pay for Aoki as a depth option.

Thursday’s four-year, $52 million agreement with free agent corner outfielder Josh Reddick makes it less of a certainty the team tenders Aoki a contract in arbitration before the Dec. 2 deadline. The 34-year-old from Japan stands to make about $6.8 million through the arbitration process, according to MLB Trade Rumors’ projection, a lot for a player who now most likely projects as a fourth outfielder.

Whether the Astros tender Aoki a contract depends on how they view him fitting in their new-look outfield mix. If they plan for Reddick to play right field and George Springer to play center, they could platoon the right-handed Jake Marisnick and left-handed Aoki in left field. But if they project the left-handed hitting Reddick as their everyday left fielder, Aoki’s skillset becomes mostly redundant.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, josh reddick, nori aoki

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Astros acquire Brian McCann from Yankees | MLB.com

Brian McCann seemed like a perfect fit for the Astros, a left-handed-hitting catcher who could still provide some offensive punch while giving them some veteran leadership. The Astros pulled off a deal on Thursday to acquire McCann, sending Minor League pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman to the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brian mccann, trade, yankees

Astros sign free-agent Josh Reddick | MLB.com

The Astros on Thursday reached an agreement on a four-year, $52-million deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, a source confirmed for MLB.com, on the same day the club announced the acquisition of veteran catcher Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agents

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Astros sign Charlie Morton | MLB.com

I’ve always liked Morton but he’s had some trouble staying on the field. $14 million clearly isn’t what it used to be.

The Astros agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free-agent right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton on Wednesday.

The deal is for $14 million, with incentives of $625,000 each for 15, 20, 25 and 30 starts in each season, according to a source. The club has not confirmed the financial aspects of the agreement.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, charlie morton

Notes: The Nationals are in the mix for Chris Sale | FOX Sports

Imagine a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg ... and Chris Sale.

The Nationals can.

Add the Nats to the list of teams pursuing Sale, a list that likely includes the majority of teams in baseball.

Major-league sources confirmed the Nationals’ interest in Sale on Tuesday. The likelihood of a deal with the White Sox, however, is unknown.

The Nats’ edge is that they have A) a farm system that can satisfy the White Sox and B) a general manager, Mike Rizzo, who relishes making bold moves.


Thursday, October 06, 2016

Astros minor-leaguer apologizes for tweet criticizing Jessica Mendoza

What Marlow said was stupid. I don’t agree, however, with the idea that any non-specific criticism should be automatically painted as misogynistic. The writer’s decision to paint her detractors with a broad brush as a response undercuts his argument.

But Marlow’s criticism follows the same tired trend we always see with Mendoza. It’s never specific, and it’s more about the fact that she’s a woman than anything else. It’s never anything like, “I wish her hitting breakdowns were more ____,” or “she could really benefit from a partner who ____.” It’s mostly just general, “I don’t like her” complaints that hint at misogyny. In this case, there’s no hinting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, broadcasting

Tuesday, October 04, 2016


Monday, September 26, 2016

Evan Gattis fixed his ground ball problem - Beyond the Box Score

Early in the season it looked like Evan Gattis might have been finished as a productive hitter. A player who is limited to DH and doesn’t hit the ball in the air enough to maximize his power is simply not an appealing roster option for most teams. Thankfully for both Gattis and the Astros the early season struggles seem to be merely a blip on the radar. As it turns out, a move back behind the plate and an increase in launch angle was all that was needed to re-energize his career.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2016 at 12:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, evan gattis, statcast

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Astros’ Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman exit series finale against Rangers - Houston Chronicle

The Astros aren’t dead yet but they are hurt and limping toward the end.

Altuve left with right oblique discomfort. The American League’s leading hitter flied out in the third inning, with replays showing him grimacing after a swing during the plate appearance.
Bregman departed after pulling up in the sixth inning while running to third base. He walked gingerly to the Astros dugout before heading straight to the clubhouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Monday, September 12, 2016

Cubs back Arrieta to win series vs. Astros | MLB.com

The Cubs magic number is five!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cubs

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Astros’ Dallas Keuchel shut down from throwing - Houston Chronicle

In addition to scratching him from his start that had been scheduled for Tuesday against the Indians, the Astros have already ruled out their ace from starting this weekend against the Cubs. With only 25 games remaining on the Astros’ schedule after Monday, the rest of the pitcher’s season is shrouded in doubt.

“I don’t know,” manager A.J. Hinch said when asked if he thought Keuchel would pitch again this season. “We’ll have to get back and see how all of these tests come back and how he continues to feel.
“We tried to give him some gaps in time in giving him some rest periods. That hasn’t solved it. He’s going to go see the doctors he needs to see and until he’s pain free he’s not throwing. Where we’re at in the calendar is going to bring the obvious questions but we just don’t know right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel

Friday, August 26, 2016

Astros analysis: Third baseman of the future has to be Alex Bregman - Houston Chronicle

But Bregman’s performance - after a 1-for-34 start, he has raised his batting average to .231 - already has begun to force the front office’s hand, first evident when Gurriel appeared in left field during a minor league stint in which he had been expected to play only third base and DH. A month after his celebrated debut, Bregman has yet to start a big league game in left field, appearing in the outfield only once as part of an in-game substitution.

The question, then, is where to play Gurriel, a 15-year veteran of professional baseball in Cuba and Japan who has played third and second base almost exclusively. There is no doubt DH will be a part of his future, but limiting him to that wastes his ability to play the field.

Perhaps a left field/DH combo will be Gurriel’s positional landing spot. First base is another option, but what then of A.J. Reed? Reed has struggled in the majors this season, but 101 at-bats is too small a sample size to write off a player who came into this season regarded as the industry’s best minor league prospect at his position.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2016 at 06:31 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, yulieski gurriel

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yulieski Gurriel makes Astros, MLB debut | MLB.com

Not ideal.

It was a dream more than 15 years—plus nearly five hours—in the making, but borders and politics always stood in the way. Yulieski Gurriel, at 32 years old, knew he was running short on time if he wanted to reach the pinnacle of the sport and play in the big leagues, which is why he took a chance and defected from Cuba with his brother earlier this year.

Gurriel, who defected following the Caribbean Series in February and signed with the Astros in July for $47.5 million, finally stepped onto a Major League field Sunday and made an immediate impact. He singled in his first at-bat and finished 1-for-2 with a walk before leaving with a strained right hamstring in the Astros’ 5-3 win over the Orioles. He’s day to day.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yulieski Gurriel being called up to Astros | MLB.com

A new addition in Houston.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yulieski gurriel

Friday, August 19, 2016

After steady rebuild, Astros on verge of taking a step back

They are six games behind the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox in the wild card race entering Wednesday night.

But, oh, how everything could have been different if Cole Hamels didn’t exercise his no-trade rights when the Philadelphia Phillies were traded to the Astros a year ago, and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy wouldn’t have vetoed a deal two weeks ago to the Cleveland Indians.

“It changed,’’ Luhnow said, “everything.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:26 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jeff luhnow

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Affidavit shows Hooks outfielder attacks girlfriend at Whataburger Field

Inside a Whataburger Field stairwell, a Hooks player backhanded his girlfriend three times, according to an arrest affidavit.

Footage of the attack, captured on video surveillance, prompted Hooks officials to contact police the next day.

The affidavit into what led to the arrest of outfielder Danry Vasquez was released to the Caller-Times on Tuesday.

Police arrested Vasquez on a warrant Aug. 4 on suspicion of assault family violence, a misdemeanor. The Venezuelan national remains free on $10,000 bail.

Hooks President Ken Schrom said Major League Baseball placed Vasquez on administrative leave and the league is handling “all aspects from the investigation to the discipline that will take place.”

In a Tuesday statement, Astros officials said they are cooperating with police and expressed their support for the league’s domestic violence policy.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, domestic violence, minor leagues

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tipsheet: Luhnow’s blunders stunt Astros’ growth | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

Blunders. That’s the headline. Let’s not forget that the Astros exceeded expectations last year. Although they have played poorly, they are still on the cusp of the playoffs. They have another crop of prospects just about ready. So, although the team isn’t quite the finished product some fans and writers may have expected this year, the team is still on the right track.

“The play on the field was not what we expected,” Luhnow said, according to MLB.com. “I don’t know if anybody could have forecasted a change like that. We didn’t. We expected him to continue to produce at a high level. From that standpoint, it’s disappointing, but you can’t win them all. Some trades are going to work out and some aren’t. We did the trade for the right reason, to get us in the playoffs last year and help us win the playoffs and we did accomplish that to a certain extent. This year it hasn’t worked out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jeff luhnow

Monday, August 08, 2016

MLB Rookie Report: Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros - Minor League Ball

His initial MLB innings confirm the minor league scouting reports: fastball between 88 and 95 MPH, averaging around 92; curveballs, sliders, and change-ups ranging from the upper-70s to mid-80s, plus excellent command and control that helps everything play up. There’s nothing left for him to prove in the minors and he is ready for a full trial.

Given his history and some funk in his delivery, I’m not certain that he’ll be durable long-term, but you can say that about most young pitchers. Aside from that, I love Musgrove as a prospect and would rate him as a Grade A- right now. He hasn’t received as much attention as he deserves, but in my view he is an elite prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, joe musgrove, prospects

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Astros won’t rush Yulieski Gurriel to Majors | astros.com

“We don’t bring guys up unless our coaches and scouts and evaluators tell us their approach is good enough to work at this level, and I think obviously some adjustments have to be made,” Luhnow said. “There’s been a little bit of bad luck, a little bit of anxiousness. Those players are going to be very good Major Leaguers and it’s going to start happening soon. I have no doubt about it. Hopefully it’s this weekend.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yulieski gurriel

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