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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carlos Gonzalez is a "possibility" for the White Sox and that there's "been some contact" with the Astros, as well.

CarGo would provide the White Sox with a much-needed power bat either in a corner outfield spot and/or the designated hitter slot. Of course, Chicago probably isn't going to contend anytime soon and if CarGo gets a short-term deal it makes it a curious fit. The Astros could use Gonzalez in a corner spot and/or DH, as well, and would make more sense as a destination on a one-year "pillow" contract. The Orioles are one team that's been connected to Gonzalez, although they might move on after signing Colby Rasmus. The Rockies also haven't ruled out re-signing CarGo.
Feb 23 - 11:30 AM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Astros have engaged in trade discussions for Marlins' catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Mish notes that outfielder Kyle Tucker is the ask from the Marlins. The Marlins would seemingly like to deal Realmuto away before the season begins, but they understand what a valuable commodity they have and won't simply give him away.
Feb 10 - 3:24 PM

Yu Darvish indicated Wednesday night on his personal Twitter account that he is deciding between six teams.

Darvish was responding to a report from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, which stated that the free agent starter has received ongoing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and Twins. "I know one more team is in," Darvish replied. That team could be the Dodgers, as Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted Wednesday that it is his "understanding" the reigning NL champions are still in the mix "despite the financial hurdles." Darvish signing this week could finally unclog a free agent market that has been stagnant all winter for both starting pitchers and position players.
Jan 11 - 1:51 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Astros are still engaged in talks for Gerrit Cole, but also looking at possible alternatives on the trade block and free agent market.

Nightengale doesn't say who those alternatives might be, so it could be a wide variety of available pitchers. With the moves made so far -- or lack thereof -- everything is still on the table. That could mean a possible deal with free agent Yu Darvish, a player the Astros were linked to in December. These things can change at a moment's notice, but it sounds like Houston isn't all that close to making the big splash we thought would happen Wednesday afternoon.
Jan 10 - 4:05 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, there is "no deal" between the Pirates and Astros on a Gerrit Cole trade.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Wednesday afternoon that the Pirates and Astros had reached agreement on a trade that would send Cole to Houston, but Passan's source calls it a "false rumor." Astros GM Jeff Luhnow echoed this sentiment in a quote to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, acknowledging that the club has "talked to several teams about possible trades" but "at this point, nothing is imminent." This offseason remains stuck in mud.
Jan 10 - 1:07 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirms that the Pirates and Astros have reached agreement on a Gerrit Cole trade.

No word yet on what the Pirates will get in return, though Kyle Tucker, Forrest Whitley, Derek Fisher, and Colin Moran are among the names that have been floated. Cole posted an underwhelming 4.26 ERA over 203 innings with Pittsburgh in 2017, but he had some wretched luck with fly balls that turned into home runs and the 27-year-old right-hander makes for a good bounceback candidate in a Houston rotation that will rank among the best in the league. Cole held a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016. For what it's worth, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow is currently denying that a trade has been agreed upon.
Jan 10 - 12:16 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that a trade sending Gerrit Cole to the Astros is "imminent."

Kyle Tucker, Forrest Whitley, and Derek Fisher are among the names that have been floated as possible centerpieces that could head to Pittsburgh in return. Tucker and Whitley are the Astros' top two prospects and Fisher has posted big numbers in the minor leagues, though he struggled in his first taste of MLB action last season. It sounds like there will be something official soon.
Jan 10 - 11:51 AM

According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the Astros' pursuit of Pirates starter Gerrit Cole is "picking up steam."

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Monday that the Astros were engaged in talks with the Pirates about Cole and now it sounds like an agreement could be getting close. Sanchez says this momentum has built over "the past 24 hours." Cole struggled to a 4.26 ERA in 203 innings with the Bucs in 2017, but he had a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016 and the 27-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through the 2019 season. He has also drawn trade interest this winter from the Yankees, Rangers, Twins, Brewers, and Orioles.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 10 - 11:23 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Astros have engaged the Pirates on a potential Gerrit Cole trade.

This report comes on the heels of a comment from Astros owner Jim Crane stating that the team expects to add a "high-end starter" before heading to spring training. Cole had been drawing heavy trade interest from the Yankees, but New York has not been able to match up with the Pirates on a deal that makes sense for both sides. Passan says Houston has floated outfielder Derek Fisher in a possible return package for Cole but adds that one of Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley -- the Astros' top two prospects -- would probably have to be included.
Jan 8 - 1:23 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Astros "could emerge as a landing spot" for Greg Holland.

Heyman also says the Astros could consider Addison Reed, as "some people within the Astros hierarchy view the closing spot as a potential issue for the team." Ken Giles struggled in last year's postseason, but he's coming off a regular season that saw him post a 2.30 ERA and 83/21 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings to go along with 34 saves. It's hard to see Houston paying a premium for a guy like Holland.
Jan 5 - 1:41 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent Yu Darvish is meeting with the Astros on Tuesday in Texas.

Darvish had a lengthy meeting with the Cubs on Monday and tweeted later that night it went well. There is also known to be serious interest from the Twins, and Heyman lists the Mariners and Phillies as speculative suitors in his latest column on the subject. Houston torched Darvish in two World Series games this past October, but that apparently hasn't affected the club's high regard for the 31-year-old right-hander. Heyman says "it's reasonable to think" that Darvish is looking at "the $175 million, seven-year deal for Stephen Strasburg as a possible comp."
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 04:07:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Hector Rondon has agreed to a contract with the Astros.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo says it's a two-year deal. Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs after posting a 4.24 ERA this past season, but his velocity and strikeouts were fine. He did have elbow issues in the second half, but if he can stay healthy Rondon should bounce back with the Astros in 2018.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Marlins selected RHP Elieser Hernandez from the Astros with the 10th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Hernandez had been slow to move in the Astros system, but he impressed with a 74/21 K/BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings in High-A last year. The Marlins can stash him in their pen next season in the hopes that he's ready to contribute a couple of years down the line.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 10:18:00 AM

Hector Rondon is drawing free agent interest from the Astros and Nationals, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

It sounds like a deal could be close to completion with one of those two teams. Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs on December 1 after posting a 4.24 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 69/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings of relief in 2017. The 29-year-old right-hander will be a pretty good bounceback candidate in 2018.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:48:00 AM

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros are signing Joe Smith to a two-year deal.

The deal is pending a physical, McTaggart notes. Smith, 33, spent the 2017 season with Toronto and Cleveland, posting a 3.33 ERA while striking out 71 batters in 54 innings. He's shown the ability to get right-handed and left-handed hitters out, and the ability to handle high-leverage situations throughout his 11-year career. He's a clear upgrade for the Houston bullpen in 2018.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 06:21:00 PM

Carlos Gonzalez is drawing free agent interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Athletics, Orioles, and Phillies, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that the Giants, Royals, and Rays have also checked in. Gonzalez is probably so popular because many teams view him as a good buy-low option, but this much interest could obviously work to drive up his price. The 32-year-old outfielder batted just .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI over 136 games for Colorado in 2017. He carried an outstanding .295/.353/.534 batting line between 2009-2016.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:01:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing that Tommy Hunter has either signed with the Astros or Dodgers.

Topkin received that information from a source with a "non-involved" team. Hunter, 31, posted a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017, holding opposing hitters to a stingy .202/.254/.333 batting line. There should be something official soon.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 07:30:00 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Astros have checked in on free agent left-hander Mike Minor.

There is also known to be interest from the Mets, and it's a safe bet that several other teams are monitoring the market here. Minor registered a sharp 2.55 ERA, 1.017 WHIP, and 88/22 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings of relief this past season for Kansas City while holding left-handed batters to a .163/.228/.196 slash line. The soon-to-be 30-year-old southpaw is sure to find a multi-year contract this winter.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 01:38:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are among the teams with interest in free agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

A deal with Lucroy would likely mean pushing Brian McCann and Evan Gattis into a platoon role at DH. Lucroy has been a better defensive catcher than both of them, but he actually struggled a bit in that department this past season and the 31-year-old also batted just .265 with a .716 OPS and only six home runs over 123 total games between the Rangers and Rockies. The 2017 World Series champs will probably be looking for a discount here.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 09:01:00 AM

Astros signed C Lorenzo Quintana to a minor league contract.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez says he'll receive a signing bonus of around $200,000. Quintana defected from Cuba nearly three years ago and finally appears close to catching on with a major league organization. Sanchez says that Quintana profiles as more of an offense-first backup.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 04:36:00 PM


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