Player News - Astros

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Astros and OF Nori Aoki avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

Those contract numbers courtesy of the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan. The club scooped Aoki off waivers from the Mariners at the beginning of the month, but it was unclear whether he would be non-tendered after the Astros signed Josh Reddick. He has dodged that fate. This past season, Aoki slashed .283/.349/.388 with 24 doubles and 63 runs scored over 417 at-bats. He turns 35 in January.
Nov 30 - 8:39 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that free agent right-hander Doug Fister is a "name of interest" for the Mariners.

The Mariners picked up Rob Whalen and Max Povse from the Braves in the Alex Jackson trade on Monday, but they are looking for some veteran depth after parting with Taijuan Walker in the Jean Segura deal late last week. Fister, who was originally drafted by the Mariners in 2006, is coming off a 4.64 ERA and 115/62 K/BB ratio over 180 1/3 innings with the Astros this past season. The Mariners are considering additional options, including those on the trade block.
Nov 29 - 11:49 AM

Astros signed OF Josh Reddick to a four-year, $52 million contract.

The deal was reported last week and it's now official. With Reddick and Brian McCann, the Astros have now added a pair of left-handed bats in the past week. Reddick has mostly played right field in his career and won a Gold Glove at the position in 2012, but it's unclear how things will play out in Houston. Astros manager A.J. Hinch has some options with his outfield and GM Jeff Luhnow might still have more additions to come this winter. Reddick, who turns 30 in February, batted .281/.345/.405 with 10 homers and 37 RBI over 115 games this past season between the Athletics and Dodgers.
Nov 23 - 9:51 AM

Astros sent 1B Jon Singleton outright to Triple-A Fresno.

Singleton is no longer on the Astros' 40-man roster, but he'll remain in the organization after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 24-year-old was once a top prospect, but he owns a disappointing .171/.290/.331 batting line in the majors and hasn't shown any signs of turning things around. Singleton signed an extension with the Astros before appearing in the majors, so he's owed $2 million in each of the next two seasons with a $500,000 buyout on a $2.5 million club option for 2019.
Nov 22 - 3:55 PM

Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros could non-tender Nori Aoki following the Josh Reddick signing.

MLBTradeRumors.com projects Aoki to make $6.8 million in arbitration, which is a healthy amount for a guy the Astros might now project as a fourth outfielder. Aoki, who will turn 35 in January, batted .283/.349/.388 this past season for the Mariners.
Nov 20 - 8:16 AM

Astros placed 1B Jon Singleton on outright waivers.

If he passes through waivers unclaimed, he'll remain in the Astros organization but will no longer be on the 40-man roster. The 25-year-old has been a colossal disappointment, slashing just .171/.290/.331 with 14 homers, 50 RBI and a 151/60 K/BB ratio in 420 plate appearances at the big league level.
Nov 19 - 1:35 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Astros have agreed to a deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, pending a physical.

The Astros are having themselves quite the afternoon. Per Passan, the deal is worth $52 million over four years. Reddick, who turns 30 in February, batted .281/.345/.405 with 10 homers and 37 RBI over 115 games this past season between the Athletics and Dodgers. He'll slot into a corner outfield spot with his new club. Reddick was not eligible for a qualifying offer since he was traded midseason, so the Astros won't have to give up a draft pick in order to sign him. With the additions of Reddick and Brian McCann, the Astros' lineup suddenly looks more potent from the left side.
Nov 17 - 5:57 PM

Astros acquired C Brian McCann and cash considerations from the Yankees for RHPs Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.

The two sides have been linked for a couple of weeks now and they were finally able to get a deal done. McCann also had to waive his no-trade clause. Per ESPN's Buster Olney, the Yankees will cover $11 million of the $34 million owed to McCann over the next two seasons. McCann, who turns 33 in February, is coming off a year where he batted .242/.335/.413 with 20 homers and 58 RBI in 492 plate appearances. He was slated to be the regular designated hitter in New York, but he'll presumably serve as the primary catcher in Houston.
Nov 17 - 5:22 PM

Charlie Morton (hamstring) said at his introductory press conference with the Astros on Wednesday that he has already thrown six bullpen sessions.

Morton required season-ending surgery after tearing his left hamstring in late April, but he was able to land a two-year, $14 million contract with the Astros on Wednesday. "I'm where I would hope to be and expect to be," said Morton, who has already thrown three bullpen sessions of 50-plus pitches. The Astros are looking for the sinkerballer to hold down a spot in the back-end of their rotation.
Nov 16 - 12:51 PM

Astros signed RHP Charlie Morton to a two-year, $14 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the terms involved. Morton threw just 17 1/3 innings with the Phillies this past season before requiring surgery for a severe hamstring strain. It's a bit surprising he was able to find a two-year deal, but the Astros were willing to go there to get the guy they wanted. The 33-year-old owns a 3.97 ERA (94 ERA+) in 111 starts dating back to the start of 2011, so he's capable of being a serviceable back-end starter if he gets back to full health.
Nov 16 - 10:04 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the Astros and Yankees "seemingly are at an impasse" regarding trade talks on Brian McCann.

The exact sticking point is unclear. McCann currently projects to serve as the regular DH with the Yankees, but he'd presumably share catching duties with Evan Gattis if a deal gets done with Houston. The Astros have alternative options if things don't work out. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan recently reported that the Yankees have expressed a willingness to cover half of the $34 million remaining on McCann's contract, but that they would want multiple top young players in return. McCann turns 33 in February and batted .242/.335/.413 with 20 homers and 58 RBI this past season. His contract includes a full no-trade clause.
Source: FOX Sports
Nov 16 - 8:59 AM

Danny Worth has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization.

That's much more guaranteed money that he would have found in North America. Worth, 31, hit .179/.200/.231 in 40 plate appearances this past season for the Astros before getting released in July. He holds a .223/.281/.287 career batting line in Major League Baseball.
Nov 15 - 7:46 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have hired Alex Cora as their new bench coach.

He'll replace Trey Hillman, who left to manage the SK Wyverns in the Korea Baseball Organization. Cora, who played 14 seasons in the majors, was a candidate for multiple managerial openings this offseason. He has worked in radio and TV for ESPN and ESPN Deportes since his retirement and has also served as general manager for Puerto Rico's Criollos de Caguas in the Caribbean Series.
Nov 15 - 2:11 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Yankees have expressed a willingness to pay down half of Brian McCann's remaining contract in a trade if it means getting multiple top young players in return.

McCann is owed $17 million each of the next two seasons and has a $15 million team/vesting option for 2019. He's expendable with Gary Sanchez taking over as the Yankees' starting catcher, although they could keep McCann around and use him primarily in the designated hitter spot. Ultimately there figures to be enough interest to move him, although keep in mind that McCann has a full no-trade clause. The Braves and Astros are two teams that are reportedly interested in the veteran catcher.
Nov 11 - 1:00 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in Josh Reddick.

The Jays have interest in retaining Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, but they're preparing backup plans in case it doesn't happen. Reddick, who will turn 30 in February, batted .281/.345/.405 with 10 home runs over 439 plate appearances for the A's and Dodgers this past season. He would help to balance out a lineup that is currently right-handed heavy.
Nov 11 - 12:33 PM


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