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Astros' Alex Bregman: Limited to start spring training
Bregman's recovery from elbow surgery is expected to limit him for the start of spring training, but the infielder should be ready to play before Opening Day against the Rays on March 28, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bregman approached the Astros a couple of weeks ago about discomfort in his right elbow. An exploratory procedure discovered loose bodies, leading Bregman and the club to decide on an operation to remove the debris. If there's any delay, the Astros can use Aledmys Diaz or Yuli Gurriel as a replacement at third base until Bregman is ready to play. Bregman is confident he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jake Marisnick: Reaches deal with Astros
Marisnick and the Astros avoided arbitration with a one-year deal on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The specifics of the deal are not yet public. Marisnick continued his bench role for the Astros last season, playing capable defense in center field but providing very little (a .211/.275/.399 line in 235 plate appearances) with his bat.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Collin McHugh: Comes to terms with Astros
McHugh and the Astros avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The exact terms of the agreement are not yet known. McHugh had been purely a starter for four straight seasons but transitioned full-time to the bullpen last year with excellent results, posting a 1.99 ERA and a 33.2 percent strikeout rate in 72.1 innings. With the Astros having lost a good chunk of last year's rotation to injury and free agency, however, McHugh could well transition back into a starting role in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Roberto Osuna: Reaches deal with Houston
Osuna and the Astros avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The exact terms of the deal are not yet known. Osuna picked up 12 saves down the stretch for the Astros after a mid-season trade from Toronto, posting a 1.99 ERA in 22.2 innings for his new team. He lines up as the Astros' closer again this season, though the team has a number of quality bullpen arms behind him if he slumps.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Will Harris: Reaches deal with Astros
Harris signed a one-year, $4.225 million contract with the Astros on Friday to avoid arbitration, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The Astros declined Harris' $5.5 million option for 2019 back in November, but they still avoid arbitration at a reduced price. The 35-year-old has been a strong bullpen piece since joining the Astros in 2015 with a 2.58 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 in 241 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: No drama on deadline day
McCullers (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $4.1 million deal with the Astros, avoiding arbitration, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
This is McCullers' second year of arbitration, and while his talent would typically dictate a larger one-year salary, the fact that he will miss the entire 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery worked against him. He will return for 2020 and will be under team control again for the 2021 season before hitting the open market.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Brad Peacock: Avoids hearing with Houston
Peacock and the Astros agreed to a one-year, $3.11 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Peacock continued to be a valuable member of the Astros' pitching staff last season, finishing the year with a 3.46 ERA in 65 innings, though the team's bullpen was so deep that he was left off the postseason roster after a shaky September. Despite that, he should be back in an important middle-relief role again this season and could provide the occasional spot start if necessary.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Ryan Pressly: Avoids arbiter with Astros
Pressly and the Astros settled on a one-year, $2.9 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Pressly was picked up by the Astros at the trade deadline last season and was one of the best relievers in the league down the stretch, posting a 0.77 ERA and a 32:3 K:BB in 23.1 innings for his new team. Roberto Osuna appears to have the closing job locked down in Houston but Pressly may have the inside track as a replacement should Osuna stumble or get injured.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Alex Bregman: Undergoes arthroscopic surgery
Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The issue didn't seem to bother Bregman last season as he hit an excellent .286/.394/.532 with 31 homers on the way to a fifth-place finish in the American League MVP race. He is expected to be limited in spring training but ready to go by the start of the regular season. If recovery takes longer than planned, Aledmys Diaz could see an expanded role early in the season.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Ross Adolph: Sent to Houston
Adolph was traded from the Mets to the Astros with infielder Luis Santana and catcher Scott Manea in exchange for infielders J.D. Davis and Cody Bohanek on Sunday.
The 12th-round pick from last year's draft impressed in his first professional season, slashing .276/.348/.509 with seven homers and 14 stolen bases in 264 plate appearances with short-season Brooklyn. He also played all three outfield positions and didn't make an error. Adolph isn't the brightest prospect, but his versatility and decent speed give him some fantasy appeal if he can continue performing in the upper levels of the minors.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Scott Manea: Heads to Houston
Manea was traded from the Mets to the Astros with outfielder Ross Adolph and infielder Luis Santana in exchange for infielders J.D. Davis and Cody Bohanek on Sunday.
Manea had a breakout 2018 campaign with Low-A Columbia, both offensively and defensively. At the plate, he produced his best marks in batting average (.261) and slugging percentage (.432) thanks to 23 doubles and 12 home runs in 405 plate appearances. Behind the dish, he threw out 29 of 48 would-be stealers (60.4 percent). The 23-year-old could be a decent get for Houston if he can maintain these offensive and defensive progressions in the upper levels of the minor leagues.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Luis Santana: Sent to Houston
Santana was traded from the Mets to the Astros with outfielder Ross Adolph and catcher Scott Manea for infielder J.D. Davis and infielder Cody Bohanek on Sunday.
The 19-year-old infielder had a huge first season in the States, producing a .348/.446/.471 slash line in 242 plate appearances with rookie-level Kingsport. He also displayed a little power (17 extra-base hits) and speed (8-for-11 on stolen base attempts) during his time there. Santana is a ways away from the majors, but the Astros are getting a player who could be an offensive-minded second baseman at the major-league level sometime in the future.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Could get at-bats at DH
Diaz is one of several options to get at-bats as Houston's designated hitter in 2019, Brian McTaggart of the Astros' official site reports.
Evan Gattis received the most DH plate appearances in 2018, but he's a free agent and unlikely to return. Houston had a .750 OPS as a team in the DH spot last year, which ranked 10th in the American League, so it could be in the market for a hitter. If the Astros don't bring anyone in, they have in-house options and enough position versatility to cover the position. Diaz, who hit 18 home runs with a .756 OPS for Toronto last year, is one of them. The Astros can also rotate Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Framber Valdez: Rotation candidate in 2019
Valdez could challenge for a spot in the 2019 starting rotation, Andrew Simon of MLB.com reports.
The Astros will have at least one opening in the rotation, and possibly two depending on how manager A.J. Hinch wants to deploy Brad Peacock. Valdez had an impressive introduction to MLB in 2018, posting a 2.19 ERA in 37 innings, featuring a high-spin curve. Opponents went just 4-for-41 (.098) with 20 strikeouts off the hook while putting 17 of their 21 batted balls on the ground. The potential issue for Valdez is command, evidenced in his 4.69 FIP. The left-hander walked 24 batters (5.8 BB/9) but managed to avoid damage due to the free passes.... See More ... See Less