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  1. Scott Boras is trying to drum up interest in Jose Valverde

    Jan 21, 2013, 5:57 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Now that he’s found a taker for Rafael Soriano on a heavily deferred deal, Scott Boras is trying to get teams interested in ex-Tigers closer Jose Valverde. Valverde, 34, was 49-for-49 saving games for the Tigers in 2011 and 35-for-40 last season, but the postseason meltdown that saw him give up nine runs in 2…

  2. Marlins to sign Matt Downs to minor league contract

    Jan 19, 2013, 1:10 PM EST

    Matt Downs Getty

    According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are close to signing Matt Downs to a minor league contract. He’s expected to get an invitation to spring training. Downs, who turns 29 in March, batted .202/.253/.371 with eight home runs, 16 RBI and a .623 OPS in 191 plate appearances with the Astros last season.…

  3. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    arbitration

    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  4. Jed Lowrie avoids arbitration with Astros for $2.4 million

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:48 PM EST

    Jed Lowrie

    Jed Lowrie and the Astros have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million contract. Acquired from the Red Sox last offseason, Lowrie was arbitration eligible for the second time after hitting .244 with 16 homers and a .769 OPS in 97 games as the Astros’ starting shortstop. As usual he was productive when in…

  5. Fernando Martinez and the Astros show why the World Baseball Classic still has so far to go

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:43 AM EST

    Fernando Martinez Getty

    Fernando Martinez stands as one of several players in the mix to make the Houston Astros’ outfield. But he has more up against him in that quest than just competition from Rick Ankiel, Justin Maxwell, J.D. Martinez and Brandon Barnes. He has up against him his participation in the World Baseball Classic, where he will play…

  6. Rockies not interested in moving Michael Cuddyer

    Jan 12, 2013, 12:24 PM EST

    Michael Cuddyer Getty

    Coming off a franchise-worst 64-98 record, things aren’t looking all that promising for the Rockies in 2013, even with a healthy Troy Tulowitzki. One would think they would be open to moving certain pieces that could net them some pitching or prospects, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports hears that they are content to…

  7. Rays, Orioles showing interest in Lance Berkman

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:31 AM EST

    berkman getty

    Lance Berkman hates the DH and calls the AL a “Mickey Mouse” league, but it may be where he ends up, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rays and Orioles have “reached out” to Lance Berkman. The Rangers have already shown interest in Berkman, and all three of those teams could…

  8. Red Sox and Pirates finalize Joel Hanrahan trade

    Dec 26, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    Joel Hanrahan

    An official announcement was delayed over Christmas, but the Red Sox and Pirates have now completed the trade sending reliever Joel Hanrahan to Boston. Along with Hanrahan the Red Sox also receive Brock Holt, a 24-year-old shortstop with good on-base skills who debuted with the Pirates this year. In exchange for Hanrahan and Holt the…

  9. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  10. Rockies acquire reliever Wilton Lopez from Astros

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:14 PM EST

    Wilton Lopez

    As the Denver Post’s Troy Renck first reported, the Rockies have acquired reliever Wilton Lopez from the Astros for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham. Lopez was nearly traded to the Phillies for right-hander Tyler Cloyd and catcher Sebastian Valle last week, but the deal fell apart, reportedly because the Phillies’ physical brought up red flags.…

  11. The Astros are getting calls on Bud Norris

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:33 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Chicago Cubs

    The Astros would prefer to keep shortstop Jed Lowrie, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that they are willing to listen to offers for right-hander Bud Norris. The Royals are among the clubs who have inquired on Norris and they are also looking at free agent right-hander Shaun Marcum as they continue to look…

  12. Despite plenty of interest, Astros plan to keep Jed Lowrie

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:45 PM EST

    Jed Lowrie, Daniel Descalso

    The Astros don’t have many building blocks, but it seems they view shortstop Jed Lowrie as one of them. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that they’re planning to hold on to him, even though several teams have asked about him. Lowrie played like an All-Star in the first half of last season, only to get injured…

  13. Report: Phillies talk to Rockies about Dexter Fowler

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

    Rich Dauer, Dexter Fowler, Pedro Alvarez

    The Phillies, having already missed out on B.J. Upton, Angel Pagan and Denard Span as possibilities for center field, have talked to the Rockies about Dexter Fowler, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports. The Rockies don’t need to move Fowler, who is due about $5 million in arbitration next year, but they’re open to the possibility if…

  14. Rangers re-sign non-tendered catcher Geovany Soto

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:23 AM EST

    Geovany Soto

    Geovany Soto was a free agent for right around 48 hours. He re-signed with the Rangers on Sunday night after failing to come to terms on a deal and getting non-tendered on Friday. It’s a one-year pact with the dollars still unknown. Soto, who turns 30 in January, hit .199/.284/.347 in 176 at-bats for the…

  15. Astros claim RHP Philip Humber off waivers from White Sox

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

    Philip Humber

    Update: And the Astros have already signed Humber to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. No word on the terms yet, but a guarantee around $2 million seems likely. /// The White Sox were planning to non-tender Philip Humber before Friday’s deadline, but they went ahead and placed him on waivers beforehand,…

  16. Phillies’ deal with Astros for Wilton Lopez falls apart after physical exam

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Todd Zolecki of MLB.com now says the Phillies’ trade for Lopez “hit a roadblock and is unlikely to happen” despite being agreed upon pending a physical exam yesterday. Sure sounds like the doctor saw something worrisome in Lopez’s elbow. ========== Yesterday the Phillies were reportedly on the verge of trading for Astros reliever Wilton…

  17. Phillies “in serious talks” with Astros for Wilton Lopez

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are “in serious talks” with the Astros for right-hander Wilton Lopez, who would take over as the primary setup man in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon. Lopez’s price tag won’t be cheap, as he’s thrown 204 innings with a 2.64 ERA during the past three seasons, remains…

  18. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  19. The Giants win the World Series again

    Nov 5, 2012, 6:58 AM EST

    Yomiuri Giants

    Yomiuri, that is: [Shinnosuke] Abe drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh and the Yomiuri bullpen took it from there, as the Giants won the Japan Series with a 4-3 victory over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Game 6 on Saturday night at Tokyo Dome … The Giants won the series 4-2 to claim…

  20. The Braves welcome back Jordan Schafer for some reason

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:36 PM EST

    Nate McLouth, Jordan Schafer

    The timeline of relevant news involving Jordan Schafer: 2009-2011: Jordan Schafer is rushed by the Braves, but hits a home run in his major league debut, so they give him too many at bats during which he shows no real aptitude to hit baseballs; 2011: Jordan Schafer gets injured, Braves trade him to Houston; Offseason 2011: Jordan Schafer…

  21. Astros decline $4 million option on Chris Snyder

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    Chris Snyder

    Chris Snyder hit just .176 in 76 games for the Astros, so not surprisingly they’ve declined his $4 million option for 2013 and will instead pay a $500,000 buyout. Not so long ago Snyder was an established, young starting catcher, but his health and production have both been issues since leaving the Diamondbacks in mid-2010.…

  22. 2012 projections review: second base

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:26 PM EST

    Robinson Cano

    This is the third entry in a position-by-position review of my 2012 projections. Along with looking at my top preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each spot, I’m highlighting some other interesting players. Any requests for players not covered can be made in the comments. 1. Robinson Cano – Yankees Projection: .309/.362/.520, 30 HR,…

  23. What you missed over the weekend

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game One

    Did you know that there is a 100% correlation between watching football and death? Really, every single person who has ever watched a football game has either died or will, without question, die in the future.  Stop the dying, people. Stop watching football.  It’s for your own good. In case you haven’t decided to turn…

  24. Carlos Corporan loses 16-month-old son

    Oct 13, 2012, 7:28 PM EST

    carlos corporan ap

    The Associated Press passes along tragic news: The 16-month-old son of Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan has died. Corporan told the team Saturday that Carlos Corporan Jr., had died. The team said he had undergone four heart surgeries since his birth in June 2011. The team released a statement Saturday offering its condolences to the…

  25. Astros prevail in first battle of 100-loss clubs in 50 years

    Oct 3, 2012, 12:04 AM EST

    Brian Bogusevic

    The Astros, of all teams, recorded their third shutout Tuesday and beat the Cubs 3-0 in the first matchup of 100-loss teams since 1962. Houston handed the Cubs their 100th loss by winning 3-0 on Monday, setting up the historic matchup. Tonight’s game featured the same score. The Cubs fell to 60-101 for the season,…

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