Astros' Preston Tucker: Expects to be ready for spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire
Tucker (shoulder) said he expects to resume baseball-related activities in the next two weeks and should be ready to go when spring training opens.
Tucker underwent shoulder surgery last September to repair the acromion, a bony projection on the shoulder blade. He bashed 13 homers in 98 games as a rookie in 2015 and opened 2016 as the team's regular designated hitter, but the playing time dwindled as his average quickly descended. He was making less contact in 2016 and now finds himself battling for a fourth-outfielder job entering 2017.
Diaz signed a minor league contract with the Astros that includes an invite to major league spring training, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The former Red made six major league appearances last season and was hit hard, notching a 9.45 ERA while allowing two home runs in 6.2 innings. He also exhibited some command issues, walking seven batters in that span. Diaz will start at big league camp this spring, but Houston's bullpen depth makes him a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster.
Fiers signed a one-year, $3.45 million contract with the Astros on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The two sides managed to come to an agreement directly in the middle of their respective offers. With the contract negotiations out of the way, Fiers will look to improve upon his numbers from last year, as he was only able to muster a 4.48 ERA and a 7.2 K/9 across 30 starts and a relief appearance.
Bregman will represent the United States in the World Baseball Classic, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 22-year-old Bregman, Houston's first-round pick (second overall) in 2015, has been a quick-riser through the system. After beginning 2016 at Double-A Corpus Christi, he worked his way up to MLB, where he held his own in 49 games. He's expected to start the 2017 as the Astros' starting third baseman with a spot in the upper half of the batting order.
Springer agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million deal with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan reports.
This was his first offseason as an arbitration-eligible player. He is coming off a year where he set career highs in home runs (29), runs (116) and RBI (82), thanks to playing in all 162 games, up from the 102 he played in 2015. The one disappointment was a dip in steals, as Springer stole just nine bases and no longer looks like a 20/20 threat in the big leagues. That said, he packs plenty of power and should continue to be a good source of counting stats hitting near the top of a loaded Astros lineup.