Player News - Astros

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Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have placed Juan Centeno on waivers.

Their hope is that he will pass through waivers unclaimed and accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Fresno, but the 28-year-old catcher might find interest from other teams after batting .311/.354/.383 this past season at the Triple-A level. Centeno could also elect free agency. He played 22 games in the majors in 2017 and was included on the Astros' roster for the ALDS, ALCS, and World Series.
Nov 22 - 12:38 PM

Astros purchased the contract of RHP Dean Deetz from Triple-A Fresno.

Deetz held a 4.25 ERA and 97/50 K/BB ratio over 84 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He'll turn 24 next week and is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 7:24 PM

Astros purchased the contract of LHP Cionel Perez from Double-A Corpus Christi.

Perez, 21, posted a 4.13 ERA and 83/27 K/BB ratio across 93 2/3 frames over three levels in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 7:21 PM

Astros acquired RHP Brandon Bailey from the Athletics for OF Ramon Laureano.

Bailey put up a 3.26 ERA and 120/31 K/BB ratio across 91 innings between Low- and High-A this past season. He turned 23 last month.
Nov 20 - 7:17 PM

Jose Altuve was voted first on 27 of 30 ballots to win American League MVP honors, announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

It seemed like this race was set up to be a lot closer between Altuve and Aaron Judge, but the voters made their preference clear. Judge didn't even get all of the remaining first-place votes; Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star put Jose Ramirez first and dropped Judge down to third. Ramirez was also third on 22 ballots to easily finish in the "show" spot in the vote. Mike Trout was fourth, followed by Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts and Corey Kluber.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 16 - 6:52 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Astros are "strongly considering an effort" to sign manager A.J. Hinch to a long-term deal.

Hinch is under contract for the 2018 season and carries an option for 2019, so there's no real rush to get this done soon. But it sounds like negotiations could pick up around the start of spring training. "We think very highly of A.J.," Astros owner Jim Crane told Heyman. "Everything’s in sync. Everything’s working. He communicates well with the players. He’s a smart guy, inclusive and has experience beyond his years." Hinch led the Astros to 101 regular-season wins and the 2017 World Series title.
Nov 16 - 3:34 PM

Carlos Beltran reiterated to the New York Post via text message on Tuesday that he hopes to manage someday.

Beltran, who recently announced his retirement, also confirmed that he talked to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about the team's managerial vacancy. "Cashman and I had a brief conversation," wrote Beltran. "I explained I’m committed to be back in the game in a role that I can be an impact. I believe the best use of my time and knowledge is in a managerial position. I have a lot to offer but I’m enjoying my time with the family. I’m not in a rush!" Beltran has yet to be called in for a formal interview with the Yankees and it's unclear if he will be. The team is believed to be nearing the end of the first round of the interview process. Even if it doesn't happen with the Yankees, Beltran figures to be a popular name with future managerial openings around the game.
Nov 14 - 7:45 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Cameron Maybin is one of the options the Royals are considering for center field.

Kansas City doesn't seem to think it will be able to afford to retain Lorenzo Cain, but Maybin represents what should be a much cheaper fallback option. The 30-year-old batted .228/.318/.365 with 10 home runs and 33 stolen bases across 114 games for the Angels and Astros this past season.
Nov 13 - 2:32 PM

Carlos Beltran has announced his retirement from baseball.

The 40-year-old gets to go out on top after winning the World Series with the Astros. A nine-time All-Star, Beltran will finish his career with a .279/.350/.486 batting line, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases. He played 20 years in the major leagues, having stints with the Royals, Mets, Yankees, Cardinals, Giants, Rangers and Astros. Beltran, who stands a very good chance of eventually being elected to the Hall of Fame, told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that he "would love to have the opportunity to manage" at some point.
Nov 13 - 11:41 AM

Brian McCann told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday that he'd like to end his career with the Braves.

"One hundred percent," McCann said when asked if he’d want to end his career with the Braves. "One hundred percent. This is my home. I played close to 10 years here. This organization is really, really, really close to my heart. I love this organization." The 33-year-old, of course, still has one year left on his deal with the Astros and a club option for 2019, so a reunion isn't imminent. He's set to once again be the everyday catcher for the defending champs next season.
Nov 11 - 7:21 PM

Astros prospect Framber Valdez pitched four shutout innings on Thursday for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.

Valdez scattered four hits while walking one, and he struck out two. The four scoreless innings lower the 23-year-old left-hander's ERA in the AFL to 3.45. With a curveball that consistently flashes plus and two other average pitches in his fastball and change, Valdez has a chance to be a backend starter -- maybe more if one of those average pitches can become above-average or better.
Nov 10 - 10:40 AM

Jose Altuve won the Players Choice Player of the Year Award on Wednesday.

Altuve has now won the award two years in a row. The three finalists were Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton, and Nolan Arenado, but this award wasn't going to anyone else after Altuve's outstanding 2017 campaign that saw the dynamic second baseman hit .346/.410/.547 with 24 homers and 32 steals in 153 regular-season games for the eventual World Series champions. It will be an upset if he doesn't take home the AL MVP next week.
Nov 8 - 9:27 PM

Jose Altuve, Aaron Judge and Jose Ramirez are the three finalists for the BBWAA's 2017 American League MVP award.

Ramirez is a clear bronze medal winner here even though he had a marvelous season. The vote between Altuve (.346/.410/.547, 24 home runs, 81 RBI, 112 runs, 32 steals) and Judge (.284/.422/.627, 52 home runs, 114 RBI, 128 runs) should be neck and neck.
Nov 6 - 7:06 PM

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.
Nov 6 - 4:36 PM

Joe Espada will be the Astros' new bench coach in 2018.

He's replacing Alex Cora, who was hired as the Red Sox' new manager. Espada had spent the past three seasons as the Yankees' third base coach.
Nov 3 - 12:37 PM


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