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Date: Team: Pos:

Astros purchased the contract of RHP Michael Feliz from Low-A Quad Cities.

There was initial surprise earlier Thursday that they didn't add Feliz to their 40-man roster along with their other roster moves, but they eventually had a change of heart and decided to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Feliz, 21, is a hard-thrower who posted a 4.03 ERA with 111 strikeouts over 102 2/3 frames at Quad Cities in 2014.
Nov 20 - 11:02 PM

Astros sent RHP Anthony Bass outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Bass posted a 6.33 ERA over 21 relief appearances for the Astros this past season.
Nov 20 - 7:52 PM

Houston Astros purchased the contract of RHP Vincent Velasquez from High-A Lancaster.

Velasquez is a young power arm. He struck out 72 in 55+ innings in High-A Lancaster. This worked out to a 7-4 record for the 22-year old. He has the potential to be a solid No. 3 major league starter at some point in the future.
Nov 20 - 4:15 PM

Astros purchased the contract of INF Ronald Torreyes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Torreyes was acquired from the Cubs back in 2013. The 22-year old hit .298/.345/.376 in 126 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City last season.
Nov 20 - 4:10 PM

The Astros and Jason Castro haven't discussed a contract extension yet this offseason, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the club is open to extensions, but Castro hasn't been one of those engaged to this point. Drellich notes that the team did extend an offer to Castro last winter, with Castro declining the proposal. The 27-year-old may be more inclined to consider a deal this time around after struggling to a .222/.286/.366 line this past season. Castro's name has also appeared in some trade rumors this hot stove season.
Nov 18 - 11:01 PM

Astros and OF Alex Presley avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Presley was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super Two player. MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn $1.2 million, so it looks like the Astros might have gotten a small discount. Presley is a career .259/.299/.395 hitter over parts of five seasons and can play all three outfield spots.
Nov 18 - 2:57 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the White Sox are a "team to watch" in a potential Jason Castro trade.

Cotillo notes that Chicago general manager Rick Hahn "has been enamored with Castro for a while." Tyler Flowers hit 15 homers for the White Sox this season, but he's a career .218/.287/.382 batter and Castro, at least offensively, would be a notable upgrade. The Astros are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Castro following the acquisition of Hank Conger.
Nov 14 - 2:22 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the Astros may trade a catcher over the offseason.

"Because we have three major league catchers, I’ve had clubs inquire about all our catchers quite frankly," Luhnow said. "I think if you look at it, the chances of us carrying all three of those guys on the 25-man roster, something else would have to give. So I think there’s at least a 50-50 chance that some way or another, we’ll have gotten that three down to two." Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported previously that the team would likely listen on Jason Castro. Max Stassi and the recently acquired Hank Conger may also be in play.
Nov 12 - 10:25 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday that George Springer (quad) is fully healed.

Springer missed nearly the entire second half with a left quad strain, but he's expected to have a normal offseason. The 24-year-old amassed 20 home runs and an .804 OPS over 78 games during his first taste of the majors and could be ready for a full-fledged breakout in 2015.
Nov 11 - 12:55 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated that with an injury in the Astros rotation or a strong showing in the minor leagues, Mark Appel could reach the major leagues in 2015.

The top overall selection from the 2013 draft, Appel had a rough season in 2014, compiling a 6.91 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 78/24 K/BB ratio over 83 1/3 innings between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. He finished the season strong though, and has looked terrific in the Arizona Fall league. Even if he does crack the Astros rotation in 2015, he's unlikely to make a major fantasy impact in redraft leagues.
Nov 9 - 10:41 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "the feeling" in the industry is that the Astros will listen to offers for Jason Castro.

The Astros picked up Hank Conger via trade from the Angels last week and he could slide into the starting catcher spot. Castro tumbled to a .222/.286/.366 batting line this season after being an All-Star in 2013, but he still hit 14 homers and offers an above-average left-handed bat for a catcher. He's due another raise this winter in his second year of arbitration, so the Astros could elect to deal him before he gets too expensive.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 9 - 9:42 AM

Astros released RHP Matt Heidenreich.

Heidenreich was a product of the Brett Myers trade with the White Sox in 2012, but he has really struggled ever since. The 23-year-old posted an ugly 6.41 ERA in 11 starts and 17 relief appearances between High-A and Double-A this past season.
Nov 7 - 2:44 PM

Astros released OF Bobby Bochering.

Borchering, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Chris Johnson trade in 2012, batted just .217/.321/.365 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 65 games over three different minor league levels this season. Now 24 years old, the 2009 first-round pick will look for an opportunity elsewhere.
Nov 7 - 2:37 PM

Astros acquired C Hank Conger from the Angels for C Carlos Perez and RHP Nick Tropeano.

Conger owns a .235/.301/.364 batting line with 11 home runs in 515 plate appearances over the past two seasons. Known for his pitch-framing abilities, he'll give the Astros a solid backup to Jason Castro. The 26-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Nov 5 - 3:43 PM

Dallas Keuchel has been named the 2014 American League Gold Glove winner at pitcher.

He's a first-time winner but is very deserving, as Keuchel rated very well defensively. The left-hander beat out Mark Buehrle and Felix Hernandez for the award.
Nov 4 - 7:27 PM


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