Player News - Astros

Date: Team: Pos:

Astros claimed LHP Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers was designated for assignment for the Twins last week after the Addison Reed signing. The southpaw owns a 4.59 ERA and 78/25 K/BB ratio over 86 1/3 career relief innings. He could surface in a specialist role.
Jan 22 - 3:02 PM

Twins designated LHP Buddy Boshers for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Addison Reed. Boshers holds a 4.59 ERA but a solid 78/25 K/BB ratio over 86 1/3 career relief innings.
Jan 15 - 5:45 PM

According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Brad Peacock is expected to pitch out of the Astros' bullpen to begin the 2018 season.

With the addition of Gerrit Cole on Saturday, the Astros' rotation appears to be set with the right-hander joining Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers. Peacock could wind up being used in a swing role, the way that Joe Musgrove was utilized in 2017.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 14 - 4:44 PM

Astros acquired RHP Gerrit Cole from the Pirates for RHP Joe Musgrove, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Michael Feliz and OF Jason Martin.

The deal was reported to be done earlier in the week but hit a snag, and had gone quiet in recent days. Apparently the chasm wasn't wide enough to still not get it done, giving the Astros another stud in a rotation full of them. Cole put up a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts last year but has consistently been one of the league's best starters in recent years.
Jan 13 - 7:13 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports the Astros and Pirates have agreed upon a deal to send Gerrit Cole to the Astros for starter Joe Musgrove, third baseman Colin Moran and more.

If true, it's a fairly underwhelming return for the former No. 1 overall pick and the team's ace in recent years, although it's unknown what the additional piece or pieces might be. Of course, his huge talent has rarely matched up with his output, including a 2017 season in which Cole posted a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts. Cole will make $6.75 million in 2018 and is under team control through the 2019 season.
Jan 13 - 6:21 PM

Lance McCullers will earn $2.45 million in 2018 after agreeing on a one-year contract with the Astros on Friday.

It had been reported that the two sides reached an agreement to avoid arbitration, but the financial figure had not been disclosed at that time. McCullers was arbirtation-eligible for the first time as a Super 2 qualifier.
Jan 13 - 2:43 PM

Collin McHugh requested $5 million and was offered $4.55 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

This is his second shot at arbitration eligibility. The 30-year-old missed the first half of last season but returned in late July to register a 5-2 record with a 3.55 ERA in 12 starts. He whiffed 62 batters in 63 1/3 innings.
Jan 12 - 7:58 PM

George Springer requested $10.5 million and was offered $8.5 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

They are far enough apart that an arbitration hearing seems likely. Springer is coming off the best season of his career in which he slashed .283/.367/.522 with 34 longballs, 85 RBI and 112 runs scored in 140 games.
Jan 12 - 6:31 PM

Ken Giles requested $4.6 million and was offered $4.2 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The sides are close enough together that they are likely to settle somewhere in the middle before the arbitration hearing next month. Giles turned in a 2.30 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings and saved 34 games for the Astros last year.
Jan 12 - 6:27 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are one team "that's talked about Gerrit Cole lately."

It's unclear whether they've had any real discussions with the Pirates at this point. The Cubs pursuing Cole could be tricky since they'd be dealing with a division rival and also because their farm system isn't in as good of shape as other clubs that have talked to Pittsburgh. However, as Heyman notes, Chicago does have players on their major league roster they could deal.
Jan 12 - 4:47 PM

Astros and RHP Brad Peacock avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financial terms aren't yet known. Peacock was eligible for arbitration this winter for the first time.
Jan 12 - 4:43 PM

Astros and RHP Lance McCullers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financial particulars aren't available at this point. McCullers was eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason as a Super 2 qualifier.
Jan 12 - 4:42 PM

Astros and LHP Dallas Keuchel avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $13.2 million contract.

Keuchel was arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter before he enters his walk year. The former Cy Young winner put up a 2.90 ERA over 23 starts for the Astros last season.
Jan 12 - 4:40 PM

Jake Marisnick said Friday that the right thumb injury that ended his 2017 season is a non-issue.

Marisnick needed surgery on the thumb, but he began his offseason hitting program just two weeks after the conclusion of the World Series. He's in line to be an active fourth outfielder in 2018.
Jan 12 - 3:31 PM

Astros and C/DH Evan Gattis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.7 million contract.

Gattis was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. He hit .263/.311/.457 with 12 homers over 84 games last season.
Jan 12 - 1:48 PM


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