Player News - Astros

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Luis Valbuena, pending a physical.

The financial details aren't yet available, but Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that it's likely a two-year deal with a club option. Venezuelan reporter Efraín Zavarce originally reported that the deal was close. As things stand right now, Valbuena would give the Angels a left-handed bat off the bench and an insurance policy between third base, second base, and first base, though he could carve out a bigger role if the club shops C.J. Cron. It's also worth noting that third baseman Yunel Escobar and second baseman Danny Espinosa are due to become free agents after 2017. He's quality roster depth at the very least.
Jan 19 - 10:16 PM

According to Venezuelan reporter Efraín Zavarce, the Angels are close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena.

No word yet on the terms involved. The Angels already have Yunel Escobar projected to play third base and C.J. Cron lined up for first base, so Valbuena will presumably take on a part-time role around the infield. The 31-year-old posted a career-high .816 OPS with the Astros last season while putting up 13 homers and 40 RBI over 90 games. He required season-ending surgery on his hamstring in August.
Jan 19 - 8:11 PM

Astros and RHP Mike Fiers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.45 million contract.

Fiers requested $3.9 million and was offered $3 million from the 'Stros when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 4.48 ERA in 168 2/3 innings for Houston last season.
Jan 19 - 3:18 PM

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to the 2017 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

Bagwell and Raines both just missed out on making the Hall of Fame last season. Better times in 2017, particularly for Raines, who was in his final year on the ballot. He joins the hall having hit .294/.385/.425 with 170 homers, 980 RBI and 808 steals across 23 major league seasons. He amassed six seasons of at least 70 steals. For his part, Bagwell played his entire career with the Astros and slugged 449 home runs while driving in 1,529 runs across 15 campaigns in the bigs. He was a career .297/.408/.540 hitter. Pudge Rodriguez is something of a surprise entrant, here, joining Johnny Bench as the only catcher to be inducted on the first ballot. The longtime Rangers backstop finished out his time in the majors holding a career batting line of .296/.334/.464 to go along with 311 homers and 1,332 RBI. Just missing the cut were Trevor Hoffman (74%) and Vladimir Guerrero (71.7%). They will hope for better luck in 2018.
Source: BBWAA.com
Jan 18 - 6:09 PM

Alex Bregman announced Friday that he will play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

He has previously represented his country four other times. The second overall pick from the 2015 draft, Bregman slashed .264/.313/.478 with eight homers and 34 RBI over 217 plate appearances during his rookie season in 2016.
Jan 14 - 10:41 AM

Will Harris requested $2.3 million and was offered $1.95 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 32-year-old right-hander had another outstanding season in 2016, compiling a 2.25 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 69/15 K/BB ratio over 64 innings. He also served as the club's closer for awhile, racking up 12 saves in the process. Arbitration-eligible for the first time, he'll earn a nice bump in salary over the $525,500 that he brought home in 2016.
Jan 13 - 11:39 PM

Mike Fiers requested $3.9 million and was offered $3 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Fiers, 31, is coming off of a disappointing 2016 season where he posted a 4.48 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and uncorked a league-leading 17 wild pitches. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time after earning $524,100 in 2016. MLBTradeRumors.com projected that he'd earn $4.3 million in arbitration, which seems to lend more credence to Fiers' figure.
Jan 13 - 9:27 PM

Marwin Gonzalez requested $4.2 million and was offered $3.25 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

This is one of the larger gaps between player and club that we have seen this season. MLBTradeRumors.com projected that Gonzalez would earn $3.6 million in the arbitration, which is closer to the figure that the Astros' submitted. Set to function in a utility role for the Astros in 2017, the 27-year-old is coming off of a season in which he hit .254/.293/.401 with 13 homers, 51 RBI and 12 stolen bases while earning $2 million.
Jan 13 - 9:14 PM

Collin McHugh requested $3.85 million and was offered $3.35 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

McHugh is an interesting case in his first year of arbitration, as he's coming off of a disappointing 2016 season where he posted a 4.34 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 177/54 K/BB ratio over 184 2/3 innings. MLBTradeRumors.com projects that he'll earn $4.6 million.
Jan 13 - 8:07 PM

Astros and OF George Springer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

It's the first of four arbitration years for Springer, who qualified for Super 2 status. He sported a .261/.359/.457 batting line with 29 home runs for the Astros last season.
Jan 13 - 2:05 PM

Astros and LHP Dallas Keuchel avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.15 million contract.

Keuchel receives a decent raise in his second year of arbitration eligibility even after putting up a disappointing 4.55 ERA over 26 starts last season. The left-hander will shoot for a bounce-back showing in 2017.
Jan 13 - 12:53 PM

Astros and OF Jake Marisnick avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

It's Marisnick's first year of arbitration eligibility. He hit an ugly .209/.257/.331 for the Astros last season and will enter 2017 in a reserve role.
Jan 13 - 11:11 AM

Dallas Keuchel (shoulder) has been playing catch three times a week over the last couple of weeks.

Kuechel, who didn't pitch after August 27 last season due to shoulder inflammation, has thrown from a distance of 110-115 feet and reports feeling good. "I've been telling some of the guys it kind of feels weird to actually feel good," said Kuechel. "First time in a long time I feel 100 percent." After winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2015, Keuchel regressed to the tune of a 4.55 ERA last season. The Astros are banking on a rebound with improved health.
Jan 10 - 2:12 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays have agreed to terms on a contract with Colby Rasmus.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that it's a one-year, $5 million deal that can get up to $7 million with incentives. Rasmus is coming off a disappointing, injury-shortened 2016 campaign when he batted only .206/.286/.355, but he was good enough in 2015 (.238/.314/.475, 25 homers) to receive a qualifying offer from the Astros. He had surgery in October to repair his core muscle and to shave down a bone spur and repair his left hip labrum, but Rasmus should be fine for spring training.
Jan 9 - 6:51 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are "emerging as a possibility" for Colby Rasmus.

The Rays are looking for someone who can fill in in left field and in the designated hitter spot. They're also seeking a hitter who is cheap, and Rasmus will probably qualify after he batted .206/.286/.355 last season in an injury-plagued year with the Astros. He might have to settle for a one-year contract this winter.
Jan 9 - 6:30 PM


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