Wanting to prove his health, free-agent pitcher
Albers was shut down last season because of shoulder tendinitis after throwing 10 innings for the
Astros great Jeff Bagwell, who is the franchise leader in home runs, has accepted new manager A.J. Hinch's invitation to serve as a guest instructor in spring training, according to the Houston Chronicle. Bagwell officially accepted the invite when he spoke with president Reid Ryan on Tuesday.
"I've known Jeff a long time, and Jeff is the
Bagwell has had an estranged relationship with the Astros since leaving the team during the final days of Drayton McLane's ownership. Bagwell then remained away from the team during Jim Crane's ownership since he was unhappy with some of the firings. Bagwell started to change his stance once Ryan became president in 2013.
Bagwell spent his entire 15-year MLB career (1991-2005) with Houston. He hit .297 with a .408 on-base percentage, .540 slugging percentage, .948 OPS and 449 home runs in 2,150 games.
"Baggy is a big part of the franchise history," Hinch said. "To get him to camp to be around our coaches and our players, he's got a lot of wisdom. He's got a lot of baseball wisdom about him and I'm really happy he's coming to camp for a couple of days."
Houston is said to be seeking a backend starter, and Correia fits the bill. The 34-year-old posted a 5.44 ERA over 154 innings with the Twins and Dodgers last year.
"You get a bigger glove, so it can't be that hard," Dominguez said.
Dominguez has spent the last two seasons as the full-time third baseman for the Astors, but he will compete with Valbuena for the starting role this season. If Valbuena wins the third base job, the Astros want Dominguez to be able to switch to first base.
"[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."
Gonzalez posted a .277 batting average, a .400 slugging percentage, with 23 RBI over 285 at-bats last season.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Jose Altuve , 2B||.341|
|HR||Chris Carter , DH||37|
|RBI||Chris Carter , DH||88|
|OBP||Jose Altuve , 2B||.377|
|SLG||Chris Carter , DH||.491|
|R||Jose Altuve , 2B||85|
|SB||Jose Altuve , 2B||56|
|W||Dallas Keuchel , SP||12|
|ERA||Dallas Keuchel , SP||2.93|
|WHIP||Dallas Keuchel , SP||1.18|
|K||Collin McHugh , SP||157|
|SV||Chad Qualls , RP||19|
|Full Team Statistics|
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