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  1. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 3, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The Blue Jays 2013 plan worked out pretty well for their second game in 2014. And Jonathan Papelbon shows us the meaning of accountability. In his own special way.

  2. GM Jeff Luhnow says Astros “likely to keep” veterans at trade deadline

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Jeff Luhnow

    That the Astros are in rebuild mode is no secret. In the past, they had been pawning off veteran players in an effort to usher in a youth movement, but GM Jeff Luhnow says the Astros aren’t likely to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline. Jesse Crain and Jerome Williams are eligible to become free…

  3. Indians sign Yan Gomes to six-year, $23 million contract extension

    Mar 29, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

    Yan Gomes

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians have signed catcher Yan Gomes to a six-year, $23 million contract extension which includes two option years. The 26-year-old was not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. The contract buys out all three arbitration years and one year of free agency. Per Jon Heyman…

  4. 2014 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 26, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Houston Astros. The Big Question: One hundred losses again, right? Depends on how long the Astros keep their prospects on…

  5. Dexter Fowler wasn’t gritty enough to be the Rockies’ center fielder

    Mar 25, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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    All this time I thought they played baseball games and then I read this from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post and find out that — Jiminy Christmas! — they’re wrestling in gutters! That’s how Kiszla puts it, anyway, after acknowledging that the Rockies have a hole in center field now that they traded away…

  6. MLBPA and George Springer’s agent considering filing grievance over service time

    Mar 22, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    George Springer

    Recently, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Astros offered top prospect George Springer a seven-year, $23 million contract last September. As Matthew Pouliot explained earlier this week, it was a way for the Astros to guarantee themselves a bargain while giving Springer the playing time in the Majors he obviously wants. Springer, though,…

  7. The Astros are playing dirty pool with a top prospect

    Mar 19, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

    George Springer

    We know this is how it works. Phenoms get fewer September callups than they used to, and they rarely debut on Opening Day. Instead, it’s June that’s become the popular time for debuts, all in the name of delaying arbitration and free agency eligibility. On the one hand, it kind of sucks: much of the…

  8. Padres ink Hector Ambriz to minor league contract

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, the Padres have signed right-hander Hector Ambriz to a minor league contract. He is already ticketed for Triple-A El Paso — the Padres’ new Pacific Coast League affiliate — and will operate there as organizational relief depth. Ambriz posted a rough 5.71 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 36 1/3 innings…

  9. Astros choose Scott Feldman as Opening Day starter

    Mar 17, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Scott Feldman

    Houston has named Scott Feldman as its Opening Day starter after signing the veteran right-hander to a three-year, $30 million contract as a free agent this offseason. Feldman is 31 years old with a 4.62 career ERA and it would be easy to make some jokes about him being the Astros’ choice, but whatever. They’re…

  10. Jesse Crain at least two weeks from mound work

    Mar 16, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Jesse Crain sat out the second half of the 2013 season because of a shoulder strain and then underwent biceps surgery this winter. He was hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but that’s not going to happen. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Crain — who signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Astros…

  11. Astros release one-time top prospect Brett Wallace

    Mar 12, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Wallace

    Brett Wallace, who ranked as one of Baseball America‘s top 40 prospects in back-to-back seasons as a minor leaguer, has been released by the Astros after hitting just .242 with a .704 OPS in 311 games through age 26. At one point Wallace looked like a good-hitting third baseman, but his defense required a shift…

  12. Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton opens up about addiction

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

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    Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press has a really interesting read on Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton, who served a 50-game suspension at the start of last season after a second positive test for marijuana use. Singleton, who had a month-long stay at an in-patient rehab center, was brutally honest about the impact the drug had…

  13. 2014 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Mar 3, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Can the Rockies get back over the .500 mark? Rookie manager Walt Weiss led…

  14. Astros hanging on to Jason Castro for now

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox

    Back in January, the Astros avoided arbitration with catcher Jason Castro, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.45 million. Prior to the agreement, there was some speculation that the Astros would sign him to a multi-year extension, buying out all three of his arbitration years and likely at least one year of free agency. If…

  15. Japhet Amador expected to report to Astros camp on Friday

    Feb 27, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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    The Astros signed slugger Japhet Amador out of the Mexican League over the winter with the idea of giving him a chance to compete for the first base job during spring training, but he was unable to report to camp last week because his pregnant wife was ill. However, her condition has apparently improved to…

  16. 2014 Preview: Chicago White Sox

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Can the White Sox rebuild the league’s worst lineup on the fly? Chicago…

  17. B.J. Upton made some mechanical adjustments

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    B.J. Upton became one of 12 players since the start of the millennium to post an OPS below .560 while taking at least 400 trips to the plate. Upton, who established himself as one of baseball’s most dynamic players while with the Rays, could never get it going in the first year of a five-year,…

  18. Jesse Crain has a calf strain

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Jesse Crain injured his right calf the other day. Evan Drellich reports that an MRI has confirmed the original diagnosis of a strain. While Bo Porter characterized the diagnosis as good news — coulda been worse — it’s just the latest in a series of health issues for Crain. He had biceps surgery in the offseason…

  19. Red Sox sign Francisco Cordero to minor league deal

    Feb 16, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer John Tomase of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have signed veteran right-hander Francisco Cordero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Cordero sat out the entire 2013 season after undergoing major shoulder surgery in early April. He surrendered 61 hits and 35 runs (33…

  20. Jeff Samardzija on extension talks with Cubs: emotional attachment “only goes so far”

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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    The Cubs and starter Jeff Samardzija recently agreed to a salary of $5.345 million for the 2014 season to avoid arbitration. It offered nothing in the way of progress between the two sides, who have been discussing a multi-year contract extension. The Cubs reportedly offered the right-hander $55 million over five years back in December,…

  21. Rays likely to sign Erik Bedard

    Feb 13, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Confirming recent speculation from Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Rays are likely to sign veteran left-hander Erik Bedard to a minor league contract. Bedard made 26 starts with the Astros last season, his most since 2007 with the Orioles. However, while he managed to…

  22. Jake Arrieta expected to miss start of season after bout with shoulder soreness

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Jake Arrieta was expected to compete for a rotation spot with the Cubs this spring, but it sounds like he’ll have to wait to get his opportunity. According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said today that Arrieta felt shoulder tightness over the winter and is not expected to be ready…

  23. Brett Wallace clears waivers, gets camp invite

    Feb 12, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that first baseman Brett Wallace has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will be in Astros camp this spring as a non-roster invitee, hoping to earn back his 40-man roster spot. Wallace was designated for assignment by the Houston front office last week to…

  24. Jarred Cosart apologizes for using a homophobic slur on Twitter

    Feb 10, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    Cosart AP

    Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart learned a valuable lesson today on how to handle himself on social media. Cosart was joking around with Phillies minor league outfielder (and former teammate) Tyson Gillies on Twitter and used a homophobic slur to describe Canadian pop musician Justin Bieber. The tweet was soon deleted and he eventually issued the…

  25. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

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