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  1. Jeff Keppinger out 3-4 months following foot surgery

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Earlier this offseason the Yankees were said to be talking to the Astros about trading for Jeff Keppinger, but those talks apparently fizzled and now the veteran infielder is expected to miss the beginning of the season following foot surgery. General manager Ed Wade told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Keppinger’s recovery time is expected…

  2. Rockies acquire reliever Matt Lindstrom from Astros

    Dec 23, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The swap is now complete, according to Astros social media director Alyson Footer.  Houston will receive minor league pitchers Jonnathan Aristil and Wes Musick in return from the Rox. Aristil, a 24-year-old right-hander, had a 5.90 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over 71.2 minor league innings in 2010.  Musick, a 23-year-old lefty, posted a 4.05…

  3. Astros “working hard” to trade reliever Matt Lindstrom

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

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    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com “the Astros are working hard on a possible trade of Matt Lindstrom today.” Acquired from the Marlins for a pair of prospects last winter, Lindstrom ranked among the league leaders with 21 saves in the first half, but then posted a 7.50 ERA after the All-Star break while losing…

  4. Astros, Nelson Figueroa avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

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    Nelson Figueroa was a non-tender candidate heading into his first season of arbitration eligibility, but the Astros have avoided having to make a decision on him before tomorrow night’s deadline by signing him to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Figueroa has bounced around for a decade in the majors and minors, but pitched well for the…

  5. Astros and catcher Humberto Quintero avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Arbitration eligible for the third time, Humberto Quintero and the Astros have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract. Quintero made $610,000 and $750,000 in his first two seasons of arbitration eligibility. He received a career-high 276 plate appearances this year, but hit just .234 with a measly .579 OPS to…

  6. Astros reject Lance Berkman’s attempt to return to Houston

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle writes that Lance Berkman “believed he would return to the Astros in 2011 … from the moment he was traded to the Yankees last July.” However, when his agent approached general manager Ed Wade about potentially returning to Houston he was told “thanks, but no thanks.” “It wasn’t a…

  7. Kaz Matsui returns to Japan as teams wait to hear results of Tsuyoshi Nishioka bidding

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    After seven seasons in the majors Kazuo Matsui has returned to Japan by signing with the Rakuten Eagles, which is interesting timing as the baseball world waits to see which team won the bidding for negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Nishioka is a speedy, switch-hitting middle infielder who won a batting title in…

  8. Mark Cuban is not interested in buying the Astros

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Drayton McLane putting the Astros up for sale has led to some natural speculation that Mark Cuban could be interested in buying the team, but according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle he’s not interested. Oh well. A couple other notes on the situation … • While the assumption is that McLane is serious…

  9. Astros owner holding a press conference this afternoon to announce team is for sale

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Reports surfaced late last night that Astros owner Drayton McLane has hired an investment bank to help him sell the team and he’s now expected to make an official announcement today with a press conference scheduled for 3:30 ET. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that McLane declined to return phone calls seeking more…

  10. Astros get Clint Barmes from Rockies for Felipe Paulino

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Colorado has traded infielder Clint Barmes to Houston for right-hander Felipe Paulino. Barmes was once the Rockies’ starting shortstop, but moved to second base when Troy Tulowitzki arrived in 2006 and is coming off a horrendous year at the plate, hitting just .235 with a lowly .656 OPS despite calling Coors Field home. At times…

  11. Jeff Francis drawing interest from at least five teams

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Colorado is interested in re-signing Jeff Francis and he’s also drawing interest from Seattle, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Houston, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Last month the Rockies declined their $7 million option on Francis for 2011, which was a no-brainer after he returned from shoulder surgery to post a 5.00 ERA in 104 innings.…

  12. Mike Barnett replaces Jeff Bagwell as Astros hitting coach

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    After spending the second half as the Astros’ hitting coach Jeff Bagwell stepped down from the position last month, citing the need to spend more time with his family and the longer-than-expected hours involved in the job. Today the Astros announced that Mike Barnett will replace Bagwell as hitting coach, putting him in charge of…

  13. Astros eliminate “advance scout” position to focus on video

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    In his first year as manager Brad Mills encouraged Astros players to rely extensively on video to scout opponents and analyze their own performance, and now Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team is eliminating the position of “advance scout” to focus even more on video work. The news isn’t quite as…

  14. Jeff Bagwell explains why he chose not to return as Astros hitting coach

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Jeff Bagwell left his special assistant gig in Houston’s front office to take over as the Astros’ hitting coach when Sean Berry was fired at the All-Star break and the offense actually showed some significant improvement in the second half despite trading away Lance Berkman. However, last week the former MVP turned down a two-year…

  15. The Week Ahead: Three-way battle for AL supremacy

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:52 AM EDT

    The American League playoff field is set, with the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins clinching their divisions, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays soon to sort out who will be the AL East champion and who will be the wild card team. But there is one big thing left to watch for…

  16. The Week Ahead: Like it or not, Interleague play is back

    May 16, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

    Remember the novelty of Interleague play when it first came into existence back in 1997? Fans in Atlanta could see the New York Yankees in person. NL greats like Barry Bonds and John Smoltz would make appearances in AL cities. And places with multiple teams playing in separate leagues – like Chicago, New York, Los…

  17. Emmanuel Burris out again with fractured foot

    Mar 6, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    Emmanuel Burris was given a bit of bad news Saturday evening.  According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants utilityman was diagnosed with a re-fracture of a bone in his left foot and will be in a walking boot for the next four weeks. It’s safe to say that Burris won’t be…

  18. Lance Berkman debuts as designated hitter

    Mar 6, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman, who missed the Thursday’s Grapefruit League opener due to a bruised left knee, made his exhibition debut against the Tigers on Friday night. Functioning as the club’s designated hitter, Berkman was 1-for-2 with a double and a strikeout: “You can only do so much in the cage,” Berkman said. “You need to go…

  19. Tom Seaver: Atlanta Brave

    Feb 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    And now for my second Tom Seaver reference in an hour. Mark Armour is a fabulous baseball researcher. He’s the man in charge of the Society for American Baseball Research’s indispensable Baseball Biography project. He also just finished what stands to become the definitive book on Joe Cronin, one of the major figures in baseball…

  20. The Big Puma is poised to move on

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    So he tells Bernando Fallas of the Houston Chronicle: “I may have to, whether I like it or not,” Berkman said Wednesday as the Astros’ held their first full-squad workout. “It may come down to a situation where if things don’t go well they don’t pick up my option, then I probably won’t be back.”…

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