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Matt Dominguez has been asked to try his hand at first base this year.

"(Astros manager A.J. Hinch) thinks I’m going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do." The Astros' acquisition of Luis Valbuena moves Dominguez into a part-time role, so it would help him get on the field if he could play more positions. Dominguez, 25, hit .215/.256/.330 as an everyday player last season.
Jan 24 - 6:35 PM

Astros and INF Marwin Gonzalez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.0625 million contract.

It's a shade under the midpoint of figures exchanged last week. Gonzalez hit .277/.327/.400 with six homers and 23 RBI in 285 at-bats last season and will function in a utility role in 2015.
Jan 23 - 4:34 PM

Astros acquired RHP Akeem Bostick from the Rangers for C Carlos Corporan.

Bostick was the Rangers' second-round pick in the 2013 draft. This past season with Single-A Hickory, the right-hander finished with a 5.17 ERA and a 64/28 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings. As he is only 19 years old, however, he still has plenty of time to improve and eventually provide value to the Astros.
Jan 21 - 12:13 PM

According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said Brad Peacock's readiness for Opening Day is questionable.

Peacock had bone spurs removed from his right hip in October. The right-hander, 27 in February, posted a 4.72 ERA and a 119/70 K/BB ratio in 131 2/3 innings for the Astros last season. With Peacock questionable, Dan Straily -- recently acquired from the Cubs in the Dexter Fowler trade -- has the inside track on the fifth starter job.
Jan 21 - 10:23 AM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Tuesday that Jon Singleton could begin the 2015 season in the minors.

The club is viewing Evan Gattis as more of a first baseman/designated hitter type, and Chris Carter isn't going to be benched after slugging 37 homers last season. That means Singleton, who hit 13 homers but batted just .168/.285/.335 overall across 95 games in 2014, could be in line for some more minor league seasoning. "Guys that have options are going to have to prove to us that they belong in the big leagues. I don’t think it’s just Singleton. Like I said, we’ve got multiple options at every position on the diamond now. So, you know, players may not be playing their preferred position — that puzzle will come together in spring training. We’re only guessing to try to figure it out right now."
Jan 21 - 12:19 AM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Tuesday that Jake Marisnick is the favorite to start in left field.

"I got to say, based on how Jake did at the end of last year, he’s going to be strong consideration for a starting spot," Luhnow said. "But you know, I think part of the theme of how we’re constructing the roster is there’s options at every position. … Based on what Jake did second half of last year with us, yeah, he deserves every opportunity to be a starting outfielder, and he’ll probably get (that opportunity)." Marisnick batted .272/.299/.370 with three homers over 51 games for the Astros after coming over in a trade from the Marlins. He has an ugly 94/14 K/BB ratio in his career and had similar issues in the minors, so it's hard to think Marisnick will hit for average. He does have an intriguing blend of power and speed, which could make him interesting if he can make enough contact.
Jan 20 - 11:55 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros view Evan Gattis as "more as a first baseman and designated hitter."

The natural opening for Gattis appeared to be in left field, and it's possible he'll play some there, but it doesn't look like it will be his primary position. "We don’t know what Gattis is going to look like in left field," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "If he’s good out there or adequate, I’m sure he’ll get some at-bats out there. Is he going to be our everyday left fielder? I can’t imagine that happening with the guys that we have, but we want to have that bat in the lineup." The revelation is probably bad news for Jon Singleton, as it appears Gattis and Chris Carter will be in line for most of the at-bats between first base and DH. Carter can play some left field, but Jake Marisnick looks to be the favorite to start there.
Jan 20 - 11:47 PM

Astros signed OF Colby Rasmus to a one-year, $8 million contract.

The deal came together quickly on Tuesday. Rasmus batted just .225/.287/.448 in 2014 for the Blue Jays, but he had a really good 2013 and was once a top prospect in the Cardinals' system. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow actually selected Rasmus in the first round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft, when he was the Cardinals' vice president of player procurement, so it's a reunion of sorts. Rasmus will try to rebuild his value at age 28. He should remain a decent power threat in fantasy.
Jan 20 - 5:04 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that the Astros and free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus have agreed to a one-year contract.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi hears that it will be worth $8 million. Rasmus gives the Astros yet another option for center field along with Jake Marisnick and George Springer. They have a lot of moving pieces in their lineup, including the recently-acquired Evan Gattis.
Jan 20 - 3:30 PM

Colby Rasmus told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he's in Houston for a physical.

Rasmus said nothing is done, but this would seem to indicate that the two sides are very close to a deal. The 28-year-old appears upbeat about the possibility. "I've always been tight with [GM Jeff Luhnow] and he's always been good to me," Rasmus told McTaggart. The Orioles and Rays have also been mentioned as possibilities for Rasmus in recent weeks.
Jan 20 - 1:58 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are talking to free agent outfielder Colby Ramsus.

SB Nation's Crawfish Boxes heard a tip that Rasmus is in the Houston area, which is an indication that something could be close. At the very least, the Astros should be considered a strong possibility in the wake of the Dexter Fowler deal. It's worth noting that Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has a connection with Rasmus dating back to his days with the Cardinals. Houston would be a decent landing spot for Rasmus from a fantasy perspective, but he'd be yet another high-strikeout guy in a lineup that already has a bunch of them.
Jan 20 - 1:34 PM

Astros acquired INF Luis Valbuena and LHP Dan Straily from the Cubs for OF Dexter Fowler.

Valbuena's exit helps pave the way for the emergence of Cubs' super-prospect Kris Bryant at some point later this season. Given that the Astros infield is already set with Matt Dominguez, Jose Altuve and Jed Lowrie, it looks like Valbuena will be serving a bench-utility role. In 2014, he slashed .249/.341/.435. While Valbuena did hit 16 home runs and 33 doubles last season, both numbers were career highs and with a career slugging percentage of .374, Valbuena doesn't warrant much fantasy consideration.
Jan 19 - 11:19 AM

Astros acquired LHP Dan Straily and INF Luis Valbuena from the Cubs for OF Dexter Fowler.

Straily struggled in 2014 as an occasional spot-starter for the Cubs, pitching to a bloated 6.75 ERA over 52 innings. When he had a chance to pitch legitimate innings for the A's in 2013, he put up a 3.96 ERA in 152+ innings to go with a 124/55 K/BB ratio. It's not unreasonable to expect similar numbers with the Astros should Straily stick in the rotation. He should be the front-runner for the fifth starting spot heading into spring training.
Jan 19 - 11:09 AM

Marwin Gonzalez requested $1.4 million and was offered $900,000 from the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com projects Gonzalez to earn $1 million through the arbitration process, which is closer to the Astros figure. The 25-year-old infielder did a nice job in 2014, slashing .277/.327/.400 with six homers and 23 RBI in 285 at-bats.
Jan 16 - 8:59 PM

Cubs and INF Luis Valbuena avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract.

Valbuena had a nice year for the Cubs in 2014, batting .249/.341/.435 with 16 homers. He'll open the year as the starter at third base but is just keeping the seat warm for Kris Bryant.
Jan 16 - 3:07 PM

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