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Houston Astros 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
You could argue that the Astros had nowhere to go but up in 2014. After all, they won just 51 games the year before and couldn’t afford another 100-loss season. But the Astros wound up making one of the biggest turnarounds in baseball last year, improving by 19 games and injecting some enthusiasm and promise into a franchise that sorely needed it. The challenge now for the Astros...

Astros sign Thatcher to minors deal

By The Sports Network, 2 months 1 week ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros signed reliever Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract on Friday. Thatcher, 33, made a combined 53 appearances with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season. The Angels acquired him in July to boost their bullpen, but he finished with an 8.53 ERA in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander pitched six-plus years...

Astros sign Roberto Hernandez

By The Sports Network, 2 months 1 week ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros have signed veteran pitcher Roberto Hernandez to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to the team's spring training camp. Hernandez went a combined 8-11 with a 4.10 earned run average over 32 games (29 starts) with Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014. The right- hander was traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers...

Astros avoid arbitration with Gonzalez

By The Sports Network, 3 months 3 days ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros avoided arbitration with infielder Marwin Gonzalez Friday by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract. Gonzalez, 25, was coming off a career season after setting personal highs with 103 games, 285 at-bats, a .277 batting average and six home runs. The switch-hitter has batted .248 with 49 RBI and 172 hits, including 12 home runs, in...

Astros send Corporan to Rangers

By The Sports Network, 3 months 5 days ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros have acquired 19-year-old pitching prospect Akeem Bostick from the Texas Rangers in exchange for catcher Carlos Corporan. Corporan was designated for assignment on Tuesday after the Astros signed outfielder Colby Rasmus. Bostick was a second-round pick of the Rangers in 2013. The right-hander finished 5-6 with a 5.17 earned run...

Astros land OF Rasmus

By The Sports Network, 3 months 6 days ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros signed free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus Tuesday to a one-year contract. Rasmus will reportedly make $8 million for the upcoming season, according to multiple reports. The 28-year-old batted .225 with 40 RBI and 18 home runs over 104 games last season for the Blue Jays. Rasmus will most likely take over in center field for...

Cubs obtain Fowler from Astros

By The Sports Network, 3 months 1 week ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs filled a need for an experienced center fielder on Monday, acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros as part of a three-player trade. The Cubs sent infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily to Houston for Fowler, who hit .276 with eight home runs, 35 RBI, 11 stolen bases and a .375 on-base percentage in his lone season with the...

Astros agree to terms with Carter, Corporan

By The Sports Network, 3 months 1 week ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros have agreed to terms with infielder/outfielder Chris Carter and catcher Carlos Corporan on contracts for the 2015 season, thus avoiding arbitration. Carter had a breakout season for the Astros in 2014, batting .227 with 21 doubles, 37 homers and 88 RBI in 145 games. His 37 homers were the most by an Astros player since 2006, when Lance...

Astros land Gattis from Braves

By The Sports Network, 3 months 1 week ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves dealt away another power bat as they continue an offseason makeover, trading slugger Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros in exchange for a trio of prospects. Houston sent hard-throwing pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to the Braves along with right-hander Andrew Thurman and third baseman Rio Ruiz, with Atlanta also obtaining minor league hurler...

Lowrie returning to Astros

By The Sports Network, 4 months 1 week ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros signed free agent shortstop Jed Lowrie to a three-year contract on Monday. The deal is reportedly worth $23 million and includes a club option for 2018. Lowrie, 30, batted .249 with six home runs and 50 RBI over 136 games last season for the Oakland Athletics. He hit a career-high 16 homers with the Astros in 2012. Over seven...