Tag:Houston Astros
Posted on: May 6, 2010 6:51 pm

Astros' Berkman open-minded about possible trade

Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle reports Astros veteran first baseman Lance Berkman is open to being dealt.

"If it was me and I was running the show here, if we didn't make a great comeback like we did in '05 and be sort of around .500 by the All-Star break, I'd try to trade every veteran I could to reload," Berkman told the Chronicle. "That's the quickest way you're going to be able to reload and get it going in the right direction."

Berkman, who is in the final year of his contract with the team holding a $15 million option for 2011, is hitting just .213 in 47 at-bats with two homers and seven RBI through Wednesday.

"As a player, if [the team] came to me and said, 'Hey, we've got a deal to go to a contender,' I'd take it," Berkman added to the Chronicle. "Heck, it's only a three- or four-month deal. It's not like I'm signing for 10 years with another team."

Berkman, who is in his 12th season with the Astros since he debuted with them in 1999, has 315 homers and 1,048 RBI, while batting .299 in his career.
Posted on: April 22, 2010 12:08 pm

Astros reliever Arias likely done for season

Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports Astros reliever Alberto Arias is probably done for the season after having surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old right-hander appeared in 42 games last season and was 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA, while striking out 39 batters in 45 2/3 innings.

"I'm not going to play this year, so I'm going to be ready for spring training [in 2011]," Arias told the Chronicle.

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 16, 2010 3:51 pm

Astros' Berkman to play two games in Triple-A

Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports Astros first baseman Lance Berkman will play two games for Triple-A Round Rock this weekend.

Berkman, who started the season on the disabled list while he recovers from minor knee surgery, is slated to play for the Express Saturday and Sunday.

Houston hopes Berkman will be in Tuesday's lineup when the Astros host the Florida Marlins in the first game of a nine-game homestand.

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 7, 2010 6:58 pm

Berkman hopes to play in St. Louis

Brian McTaggert of MLB.com reports Houston's Lance Berkman hope to make his season debut next week in St. Louis.

Berkman, who is dealing with a nagging left knee injury, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday.

The 34-year-old All-Star had arthroscopic surgery on March 13 after the knee swelled during the first few days of spring training.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:22 pm

Taveras headed back to Houston?

Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports the Astros are interested in bringing back speedy center fielder Willy Taveras.

Taveras, who started his career with the Astros, was recently released by the Athletics. He was traded to Oakland during the offseason after hitting .240 with one home run and 15 RBI with Cincinnati in 2009. He swiped a career-high 68 bases in 2008 with the Rockies and stole 25 bases with the Reds last season.

Houston assistant GM David Gottfried has been in contact with Taveras' agent, Barry Praver.

"If Willy clears waivers, then we would have an interest in talking to him about a non-roster opportunity," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "He would have to come in and compete for one of the extra outfield spots."
Posted on: February 2, 2010 11:19 am

Phillies, others, looking at Lowry

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed the Phillies plan to watch Noah Lowry when he auditions for scouts in Arizona. Amaro characterized the team's interest as "moderate" with the Astros, Mets, Rangers and Red Sox also reportedly interested.

Lowry hasn't pitched since 2007 because of a series of arm injuries. Lowry's agent, Damon Lapa, said that although Lowry has not had a setback, they've decided to give the lefty  a little more time in the bullpen before being evaluated.

Posted on: September 25, 2009 10:52 am

Astros mull managerial choices

If history is an indication and Astros GM Ed Wade sticks by the criteria he has set, the Houston Chronicle speculates fans can officially rule out Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Brad Ausmus as managerial candidates. But Astros fans would be wise to keep an eye on Al Pedrique, the former Arizona Diamondbacks manager who was promoted to third base coach after Dave Clark took over on an interim basis when Cecil Cooper was fire.

Pedrique has been one of the top special assistants with the Astros and he meets the only criteria the club has stressed firmly: past managerial experience in the majors or minors. He's done it at both levels.

Clark is the only confirmed candidate, but Wade and Tal Smith began considering candidates to replace Cooper before they fired him Monday. On Wednesday, Wade presented names of potential candidates to Smith and Astros owner Drayton McLane.

Posted on: September 24, 2009 11:17 am

Astros hunt for manager

Who will be the Astros' next manager?

According to the Houston Chronicle , Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is not making a pitch for the job.  For Duncan, who is completing his 14th season in St. Louis, the drive to manage isn’t quite what it once was. However, Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo makes it clear he would be interested in any managerial opening, which puts him in large company.

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