Team Related News

Thursday's scheduled game between the Astros and Orioles in Baltimore was postponed due to rain.

It'll be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. Gerrit Cole and David Hess, Thursday's scheduled starters, will presumably be pushed back to start on Friday.
Sep 27 - 6:45 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros will acquire Roberto Osuna from the Blue Jays.

Rosenthal says that Ken Giles is one of the players that is headed to Toronto. Osuna isn't eligible to return from his 75-game suspension for domestic violence until August 5, but he will provide a big boost to Houston's bullpen at that time and would be in line to assume closer duties (although it wouldn't be a surprised if he's eased into them). Hector Rondon will continue to close until then before sliding back into a setup role.
Jul 30 - 5:11 PM

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Twins will receive Jorge Alcala and Gilberto Celestino from the Astros in exchange for Ryan Pressly.

Alcala, a 22-year-old right-hander, owns a 3.29 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 82/35 K/BB ratio over 79 1/3 innings between High-A Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi this season. Celestino, a 19-year-old outfielder, had raked to the tune of .317/.383/.476 with four homers, 21 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 33 games at Low-A Tri City before a recent promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi. It's quite the haul for the Twins, as both are legitimate prospects ranking 10th and 15th respectively in a loaded Astros' system.
Jul 27 - 11:08 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros have acquired Ryan Pressly from the Twins.

The 29-year-old hurler will make a nice addition to the Astros bullpen, though they're still likely to be in the market for a closer. It's unclear at the moment what the Twins will receive in return.
Jul 27 - 10:57 PM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels are trading catcher Martin Maldonado to the Astros.

Houston will send left-handed pitching prospect Patrick Sandoval and $250,000 in international spending money to the Angels in return. Brian McCann underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee earlier this month and is not expected to return until sometime in September, so Maldonado can fill a hole behind the plate for the defending World Series champions. The 31-year-old isn't much of a hitter, but he did win the Gold Glove at catcher in the American League last year.
Jul 26 - 12:27 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN writes that "It's looking like a four-team scramble" between the Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, and Cubs to land Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Crasnick adds that the Yankees and Astros have both sweetened their offers in the past day or two, which would seem to credence to Jim Bowden's report that the two clubs are in the lead at the moment. Of course, that can all change in a moment's notice. Still, there's enough chatter to suggest that we're getting close to the finish line here.
Jul 24 - 11:18 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Yankees are "still trying" on Orioles closer Zach Britton.

The Astros and Cubs have been been mentioned most prominently in reports, but the Yankees are on a long list of teams who are also in the mix. Many were skeptical that Peter Angelos would sign off on Manny Machado going to the Yankees, but it could be a different story with Britton. In truth, Britton would be a luxury for New York's bullpen, which is already tops in the majors with a 2.78 ERA. Their biggest need is a starting pitcher.
Jul 23 - 10:21 AM

According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, the Astros are "all-in" on acquiring Orioles' left-hander Zach Britton.

Bowden also noted that last year's negated trade that fell through will not have any impact on discussions this time around. The Astros have seemingly stabilized the back end of their bullpen with Hector Rondon performing admirably in the closer's role, but they could definitely use another elite left-handed arm as a compliment.
Jul 22 - 11:41 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Astros, Phillies and Braves are among the teams in the mix for Zach Britton.

Crasnick says the Orioles are "barreling ahead" with Britton trade talks now that the Manny Machado deal is finish. Britton's velocity and effectiveness has picked up recently and as a result the interest in him has perked up, as well. The left-handed reliever is making $12 million this season and is slated to hit free agency this winter.
Jul 20 - 12:03 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Astros and Rays have been "in contact" about a possible Wilson Ramos trade.

Brian McCann underwent surgery on his right knee earlier this month and is expected to be out until sometime in September, so the defending World Series champions are looking to bring in an established catcher for the stretch run. Ramos, 30, has batted .291/.340/.479 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI in 75 games this season and was named an American League All-Star on Sunday. He's scheduled to become a free agent in November.
Jul 12 - 2:38 PM

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


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