Player News - Astros

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Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

The Astros will pick up a draft pick assuming Keuchel departs as a free agent. Keuchel has regressed since he won the American League Cy Young award in 2015, but he's still been quite good over the last three seasons and won't have trouble landing a nice multi-year contract this winter.
Nov 12 - 5:24 PM

Carlos Correa had surgery on his nose last week to repair a deviated septum.

Correa is hopeful that this will correct the breathing issues he dealt with during the season. He's expected to resume his normal offseason workouts by next weekend. Correa also battled a nagging back issue down the stretch this season but said Saturday that his back "feels great."
Nov 11 - 3:19 PM

Jose Altuve (knee) said Sunday that doctors have told him he's "going to be 120 percent for the first day of spring training."

Altuve had surgery last month to repair an avulsion fracture in his right knee, an ailment that plagued him down the stretch of the regular season and playoffs. However, it sounds like the recovery process will be relatively quick and he shouldn't be limited much, if at all, in spring training.
Nov 11 - 2:10 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Mets have "checked in on" free agent catcher Martin Maldonado.

They've also shown interest in Wilson Ramos, per Heyman. Travis d'Arnaud might be recovered from Tommy John elbow surgery by the opening of the 2019 regular season, but the Mets and new GM Brodie Van Wagenen will be looking to make an upgrade at the catcher position this winter even if d'Arnaud is ready. Some other options on the free agent market: Yasmani Grandal, Robinson Chirinos, Jonathan Lucroy, Kurt Suzuki, and Matt Wieters.
Nov 8 - 3:10 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred hears that free agent Marwin Gonzalez has already drawn interest from "everyone but one team."

Gonzalez had a down year at the plate in 2018, but he slashed .303/.377/.530 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI over 134 games with the Astros in 2017. The 29-year-old can also play just about every position on the field. He should do very well for himself on the open market this offseason given his defensive versatility and the past offensive production. It's looking like this will not be a buy-low situation for the team that winds up landing him.
Nov 8 - 1:47 PM

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow noted Tuesday evening that Collin McHugh has increased odds of getting back into the starting rotation next season.

Lance McCullers underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday afternoon, prompting that comment from Luhnow at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, California. McHugh was relegated to a bullpen role in 2018 and flourished, posting a 1.99 ERA and 94/21 K/BB ratio over 72 1/3 innings. He could be a sleeper pick in fantasy drafts next spring if the Astros don't add multiple starters via offseason trades or free agent signings.
Nov 6 - 6:57 PM

Lance McCullers underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Tuesday.

He'll miss the entire 2019 season. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow hinted Monday that this news might be coming, but it's still a tough blow to the reigning AL West champs. McCullers, 25, holds a 3.67 ERA and 10.1 K/9 in 453 2/3 career major league innings.
Nov 6 - 6:27 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees requested medicals on right-handers Charlie Morton, Daniel Hudson, and David Phelps.

This doesn't mean that anything will happen with any of these players, but the Yankees are doing the necessary background work in case discussions advance. Morton turns 35 this month and posted a 3.13 ERA and 201/64 K/BB ratio in 167 innings over 30 starts this past season. He should have a stronger market now that the Astros have decided against giving him a qualifying offer. Hudson had a 4.11 ERA and 44/18 K/BB ratio over 46 innings with the Dodgers this season prior to going down with a forearm issue. Phelps, a former Yankee, missed the entire 2018 season following Tommy John surgery.
Nov 6 - 2:49 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday that Lance McCullers could need surgery on his right elbow.

Luhnow said that the right-hander "has been seen by some doctors and I think we’re going to know more shortly," adding that if McCullers does wind up needing surgery, it would knock him out for the 2019 season. The Astros had referred to the injury that kept McCullers out for a chunk of the second half as a forearm strain, but Luhnow confirmed that it's an elbow issue and it sounds like it could be UCL-related. It appears that we might know more about McCullers' status later this week.
Nov 5 - 9:08 PM

RHP Forrest Whitley is the marquee player headlining the East Division squad in Saturday's Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game.

Perhaps the top starting pitching prospect in baseball, Whitley's 2018 season was largely wrecked by a suspension for violating minor league baseball's drug policy and a strained right oblique injury. He was limited to just eight starts and 26 1/3 innings, notching a 3.76 ERA for Houston's Double-A affiliate. In AFL action he has a 3.18 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 17 innings. The full lineup is Jahmai Jones 2B Angels, Daulton Varsho C Diamondbacks, Peter Alonso 1B Mets, Monte Harrison CF Marlins, Taylor Trammell LF Reds, Carter Kieboom SS Nationals, Daz Cameron RF Tigers, Bobby Dalbec 3B Red Sox, Pavin Smith DH Diamondbacks, Forrest Whitley SP Astros.
Nov 3 - 1:17 PM

Chandler Rome of The Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros will not extend a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to Evan Gattis.

The 32-year-old slugger had a down year offensively while spending most of his time as the Astros' designated hitter, slashing .226/.284/.452 with 25 long balls and 78 RBI in 451 plate appearances. Unless a team has plans of sticking him back behind the plate, he'll be limited to American League only teams that are on the hunt for one-dimensional power types to slot in at designated hitter.
Nov 2 - 7:08 PM

Astros claimed C/INF/OF Chris Herrmann off waivers from the Mariners.

Herrmann is a career .205/.282/.351 hitter over parts of seven big league seasons, but he offers intriguing versatility with the ability to play catcher, first base and all three outfield spots. He'll try to win a bench job with Houston in 2019.
Nov 2 - 6:00 PM

Astros extended a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to LHP Dallas Keuchel.

Keuchel hasn't been the same pitcher over the last three seasons since his American League Cy Young-winning campaign, but he's still been plenty effective and the decision to give him a qualifying offer was a no-brainer. He will reject the offer and the Astros will net a draft pick if he winds up elsewhere.
Nov 2 - 5:52 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Astros will not extend a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to Marwin Gonzalez.

Gonzalez will get a multi-year contract from some team this offseason, but it's not a surprise that the Astros weren't willing to bring him back at a hefty price for one year. The super utility player has batted .270/.328/.444 over the last four seasons.
Nov 2 - 5:45 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Charlie Morton is not expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Astros.

Morton dealt with shoulder issues down the stretch this season and will turn 35 in a couple weeks, but it's still surprising Houston wasn't willing to extend him a qualifying offer. If his medicals check out, he'll be highly sought after on the open market this offseason after posting a 3.13 ERA and 201/64 K/BB ratio over 167 innings covering 30 starts.
Nov 2 - 4:37 PM

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