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Astros sent LHP Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno.

He's now off the 40-man roster but will be invited to spring training. Downs posted a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 45 appearances for the Astros in 2014.
Dec 26 - 8:41 AM

Astros sent INF Gregorio Petit outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Petit was designated for assignment last week and has now cleared waivers. Petit, 29, batted .278/.300/.423 with two home runs and a 25/1 K/BB ratio in 37 games this past season.
Dec 22 - 8:26 PM

Astros designated INF Gregorio Petit for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Jed Lowrie on the Astros' 40-man roster. Petit, 29, batted .278/.300/.423 with two home runs and a 25/1 K/BB ratio in 37 games this past season.
Dec 16 - 11:19 AM

Astros signed INF Jed Lowrie to a three-year, $23 million contract.

The deal includes a $6 million club option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. Lowrie, who previously played for the Astros in 2012, is expected to take over the starting shortstop job. The 30-year-old batted just .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games this past season, but there's rebound potential now that he's leaving Oakland.
Dec 16 - 11:05 AM

Astros signed 1B Dan Johnson to a minor league contract.

It presumably comes along with an invitation to spring training. Johnson made it up for 15 games with the Blue Jays in 2014 and slashed .232/.381/.434 with 18 homers and 56 games in 107 contests at Triple-A Buffalo. He's simply a depth add for the Astros.
Dec 15 - 9:03 PM

According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, the Astros have signed Jed Lowrie to a three-year deal.

The contract will be worth $23 million and also includes a $6 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2018. Lowrie batted just .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games this past season for the A's, but he had a good 2013 season in Oakland and flashed impressive power in 2012 in hitter-friendly Houston, slugging 16 dingers in 97 games. He should be a nice upgrade at shortstop for the Astros.
Dec 15 - 3:13 PM

Astros signed RHP Pat Neshek to a two-year, $12.5 million contract with a club option for 2017.

The option will be worth between $6.5 million and $9 million, depending on how many games Neshek finishes the next two seasons. Neshek parlayed a minor league contract last January with the Cardinals into an All-Star season that saw him post a 1.87 ERA and 68/9 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings. He could be in the mix to close some games in Houston but most likely will function as a setup man.
Dec 12 - 1:15 PM

Astros signed RHP Luke Gregerson to a three-year, $18.5 million contract.

There are also incentives in the deal that could take the total value of the contract to $21 million. Gregerson has been one of baseball's better setup men for years now, boasting a career 2.75 career ERA, including a 2.12 mark this past season for the A's. He's likely the favorite to close for the Astros.
Dec 12 - 1:09 PM

According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, the Cubs talked to the Astros earlier this offseason about a trade for catcher Jason Castro.

That was before the Cubs landed Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks. They're all set now. Castro declined a contract extension last winter and can become a free agent two years from now, so it makes sense that the Astros would be listening to offers. The 27-year-old backstop batted just .222/.286/.366 in 126 games this past season, but he had a tremendous 2013.
Dec 11 - 3:39 PM

Jed Lowrie is engaged in talks with multiple teams, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

One of those teams is the Astros, Rosenthal said. Lowrie is reportedly looking for a three-year deal and appears willing to play a number of positions on the infield to get one. The Giants are another team believed to have some interest in the 30-year-old.
Dec 10 - 8:04 PM

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com hears that Jed Lowrie hopes to land a three-year contract.

It could be a tough sell, as Lowrie batted just .249 with six homers and a .676 OPS this past season and is a stretch defensively at shortstop. However, he appears willing to play second base or third if the right offer comes along. The Astros are reportedly interested in a reunion and he could be a consideration as a Pablo Sandoval replacement with the Giants.
Dec 10 - 11:27 AM

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Pat Neshek will a two-year, $12.5 million contract from the Astros.

The deal also includes an option for a third year. McTaggart writes that Neshek was about to sign with the Pirates before the Astros improved their offer at the last minute. It was enough to get the deal done. The Astros have committed $31 million to the back-end of their bullpen with the additions of Neshek and Luke Gregerson.
Dec 10 - 11:09 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Astros have reached a deal with reliever Pat Neshek.

No word yet on the exact terms, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the two sides were talking about a two-year deal. Neshek had to settle for a minor league contract last offseason, but he emerged as a surprise success story in the back-end of the Cardinals' bullpen. The Astros now have a trio of veteran late-inning options with Luke Gregerson and Chad Qualls also in the mix.
Dec 10 - 10:08 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Astros are "closing in" on signing reliever Pat Neshek.

It's expected to be a two-year deal. The Astros have already agreed to a deal with Luke Gregerson, but the effort to bolster the back-end of their bullpen continues. Neshek is coming off an excellent season with the Cardinals in which he posted a 1.87 ERA with 68 strikeouts and just nine walks over 67 1/3 innings.
Dec 10 - 9:35 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Astros have signed reliever Luke Gregerson to a three-year, $18.5 million contract.

The Astros fell short in their bids for Andrew Miller and David Robertson, but Gregerson is a pretty good Plan B at this price. The 30-year-old owns a 2.75 career ERA, including a 2.12 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio over 72 1/3 innings this past season. He has mostly served as a set-up man in his career, but he could be in the mix for the closer role with Houston in 2015.
Dec 10 - 9:22 AM


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