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Monday, April 17, 2017

What Might A Carlos Correa Extension Look Like?

With that in mind, let’s see if there are other, less obvious, precedents that might help shape an offer that could make Correa think twice.

Buster Posey, 2.161 years of service time (Super Two): eight years, $159MM plus team option
Mike Trout, 2.070: six years, $144.5MM

It seems reasonable to imagine that a Correa extension of a typical length of, say, seven years should fall somewhere in the wide gulf between the Simmons deal and the Trout deal. It’s hard to imagine Correa approaching Posey/Trout territory on any deal of reasonable length — he doesn’t have the service time they did at the time of their extensions, and the Astros are already set to pay Correa near the league minimum salary for each of the next two seasons. He also frankly doesn’t yet have the track record Posey and Trout had at the times of their deals. Posey had won the NL MVP award the year prior to his extension, and Trout finished second in AL MVP balloting in each of the two seasons preceding his.

Another possibility might be for the Astros to sign Correa to a way-outside-the-box extension, offering him a guarantee of ten years or more, a bit like the Marlins did for Giancarlo Stanton or the Reds did for Joey Votto.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 05:40 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Astros’ Carlos Correa clarifies stance on potential contract extension - Houston Chronicle

Shortstop Carlos Correa said on Friday he wouldn’t shut the door on a potential early multiyear contract extension with the Astros “if the price is right.”
Correa isn’t eligible to become a free agent until after the 2021 season, but his contract status became a topic of conversation this week after a comment made by his agent, Greg Genske. In a story published Thursday, FanRag Sports Network quoted Genske as saying “Carlos is never going to do an (early) multiyear contract.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

Saturday, April 08, 2017

ESPN: Astros shut down RHP Collin McHugh (elbow) for 6 weeks

Houston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh will not throw for the next six weeks after being diagnosed with a posterior impingement in his right elbow, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Saturday.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 08, 2017 at 03:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mchugh, ow

Monday, March 27, 2017


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

White Sox patiently dangling Jose Quintana

Over the last few days, the buzz around camps in Florida and Arizona converged on the same player: Jose Quintana. Scouts ran their information up the chain – Chicago White Sox scouts are everywhere – and the game of telephone ended with general managers across the game wondering: Are they finally going to deal Quintana?

The answer, major league sources familiar with the talks told Yahoo Sports, is the same it’s been since the White Sox committed to rebuild and started the dismantling of their core: Yes … but only for the right price. And even as the White Sox have dispatched more scouts than usual to those back fields, sources said, no deal has materialized.

This is not to say one couldn’t come together within weeks, days, even hours. Multiple teams, including the Atlanta Braves, have shown continued interest, according to sources. Others known to have been involved at points this spring are the Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates. Stewarded by general manager Rick Hahn, who has gotten industry-wide plaudits for his hauls in the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades, the White Sox find themselves capable of asking for the moon due to a number of reasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2017 at 02:28 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, jose quintana, trade rumors, white sox

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bob Bruce, Astros’ starting pitcher in first Astrodome official game, dies

Bob Bruce, the man who was the starting pitcher in the last game at Houston’s Colt Stadium and the first official official game at the Astrodome, died Wednesday at the age of 83.

RIP.

QLE Posted: March 16, 2017 at 06:51 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, astros, bob bruce, colt .45's, obituaries

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Sunday, February 26, 2017


Monday, February 20, 2017

Astros hope Yuli Gurriel can bring stability to first base - Houston Chronicle

“He can really time things up,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s got a timing mechanism that’s unique the way he wraps his bat. But he finds a way to time things up perfectly.

“His bat-to-ball skills are really good. He gets very, very aggressive with his approach, which I think is something (where) he’s going to learn that the league doesn’t challenge you as much as it tries to disrupt your timing. So it will be interesting for him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yulieski gurriel

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Mike Elias on Drafting and Developing Astros Pitchers | FanGraphs Baseball

On incorporating spin rate into assessments: “We have ways of looking at it, and our scouts know how to interpret that information, as well. It’s another tool for our scouts and our decision makers. It’s almost an extension of the introduction of the radar gun. Some 40 years ago, it may have seemed unnatural to take that information when it seemed like your eyes weren’t lacking in the ability to assess the quality of a fastball. Now we take it for granted that we’re using that information. We’re heading down that road with some of the more advanced radar technology, and some of the aspects of pitch quality that it can convey to us.

“It’s something our scouting and front-office personnel have become fluent in. I don’t think anyone has it totally figured out, and there are probably different interpretations team to team, but it will continue to be a big part of the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, player development

Friday, February 03, 2017

Astros plan to use Cardinal bounty to add starting pitcher

“We’re hoping that something will break,” Crane said. “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that ... getting two picks from the Cardinals gives us more depth in the system. We’re still looking into it.

“The thing about pitching is that it keeps games under control. And you got to have someone who can slam that door.”

If the Astros land one more front-line starter, there’s nothing that should stand in their way of being perennial playoff contenders, culminating a renovation that’s included tearing out Tal’s Hill in Minute Maid Park to re-thinking processes throughout scouting and player development.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ortiz: No winners, only losers in hacking scandal | Jesus Ortiz | stltoday.com

The longer he sits in prison, I wonder whether he will name names or just disappear into the ether.

Correa testified that he told colleagues he had seen the Cardinals’ information in the Astros’ database, but somehow we are expected to believe nobody with authority asked him how he saw it.

He never gave up any names, though, so you’ll have to take the Cardinals’ word that this was merely a case of one rogue employee. The rest of the baseball world views it differently. That’s the burden the Cardinals’ reputation must now carry.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2017 at 05:04 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

In statement, Correa alleges Astros benefited from ‘unauthorized access’ | Derrick Goold

What a mess.

The statement, released Tuesday morning by his family on Correa’s Twitter address, offers Correa’s view of what he labeled “intellectual property theft.” He describes how he “through unlawful methods” sought to learn whether the Houston Astros had utilized data and approaches that were proprietary to the Cardinals. The U.S. district court judge in the case had likened Correa’s motives to breaking into a neighbor’s house “to find out if they were stealing your stuff.” The court declined Correa’s motions to prove what he describes in his statement.

“I accept responsibility for my wrongful actions and am paying my debt to society,” the statement reads, as it was released Tuesday morning on Correa’s Twitter address. “The Cardinals organization must now pay a heavy price as well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cardinals deserved far worse punishment from MLB after hacking Astros | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal thinks the punishment didn’t fit the crime.

Neither does Jeff Sullivan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 07:08 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

MLB hammers Cardinals — first two draft picks, $2 million go to Astros | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The penalty is in.

In a decision issued Tuesday afternoon by commissioner Rob Manfred, the Cardinals have been fined $2 million in damages — possibly the largest ever for one team — and their first two picks in the coming draft have been taken away as a result of an illegal hack into Houston’s database. The two picks, Nos. 56 and 75, will go to the Astros, as will the slot money assigned to those picks. The $2-million fine will also be paid to the Cardinals’ former division rivals.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 02:13 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Sunday, January 29, 2017

As MLB ruling nears, new details of Cardinals’ hacking of Astros account

According to the documents, portions of which remained redacted, Correa intruded into the Astros’ “Ground Control” database 48 times and accessed the accounts of five Astros employees. For 21/2 years, beginning in January 2012, Correa had unfettered access to the e-mail account of Sig Mejdal, the Astros’ director of decision sciences and a former Cardinals employee. Correa worked in St. Louis as an analyst under Mejdal, who came to Houston after the 2011 season with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, also a former Cardinals executive.

“(Correa) knew what projects the Astros’ analytics department was researching, what concepts were promising and what ideas to avoid,” said one of the documents, signed by Michael Chu, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case against Correa. “He had access to everything that Sig Mejdal ... read and wrote.”

Correa also attempted to gain access to the accounts of Bo Porter, the Astros’ manager in 2013-14, and pitching coach Brent Strom, and he used passwords belonging to Luhnow, Astros analyst Colin Wyers, and three Astros minor league players to gain access to the Astros system, the documents show.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2017 at 12:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, hacking

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ballot 2: Roger Clemens | Joe Posnanski

Roger Clemens and missed opportunity in the draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:52 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, hall of fame, red sox, roger clemens, yankees

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

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