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Houston Astros: Lance Berkman’s career was underappreciated

  The Big Puma was a one-of-a-kind elite hitter in his time with the Astros, and to this day is underappreciated by both the media and fans. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BWAA) released the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in November, with the ballot results to be released in late January. There […] Houston Astros: Lance Berkman’s career was underappreciated - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Dec 3, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: December 3rd, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 3rd, 2020

Photo by Harry How/ Correa was tendered a contract, because of course he was, but let’s go ahead and get the man extended Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Correa, McCullers, and Diaz have all received contract offers ahead of the non-tender deadline (Astros.com) Jake Kaplan took a look at the available class of non-tendered players that might be of interest to the Astros (The Athletic, $$$) Jay Jaffe examined the case for Billy Wagner to enter the Hall of...
The Crawfish Boxes Dec 3, 2020
3 Astros Discussion Topics

3 Astros Discussion Topics

1.) Yesterday’s non-tender list included some names that could be serviceable outfielders at a minimum cost, or potential bounce back type of pitchers. Names such as David Dahl, Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario, Kyle Schwarber, Nomar Mazara could represent a few lower cost outfield fillers. On the pitching end, names such as Archie Bradley, and Carlos Rodon (does anyone else remember the Tank for Rodon watch on TCB) represent some high upside potential - and a laundry list of potential bullpen reinforcements. Are there any names you would like to see the Astros pursue? ...
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 3, 2020

Astros: Could Adam Duvall be a fit in Houston outfield?

Could Adam Duvall be an option for the Houston Astros outfield vacancies? It’s been a slow start to the offseason, as expected. The Houston Astros are in need of a pair of starting outfielders, as Kyle Tucker is the lone holdover from the 2020 team. There are some big names available, but could the recently […] Astros: Could Adam Duvall be a fit in Houston outfield? - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 3, 2020

Houston Astros announce tender deals and re-signing of Pruitt

The Houston Astros tendered three players and re-signed Austin Pruitt to a one-year deal ahead of the non-tender deadline on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the Houston Astros announced the players they tendered contracts to Aledmys Diaz, Lance McCullers Jr. and Carlos Correa. While all three players were arbitration-eligible, they could see contract extensions their way soon. […] Houston Astros announce tender deals and re-signing of Pruitt - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Dec 2, 2020
Healthy Solomon Could Help Astros Sooner than Later

Healthy Solomon Could Help Astros Sooner than Later

Joe Dwyer/SR Photography The Astros 2017 fourth round pick has shown a lot of promise, but struggled to stay on the field as a pro. How does he project returning from surgery? Part of a unique 2017 Astros class, Peter Solomon was drafted alongside college teammate Brandon Bielak as a fourth-round selection by Houston. Solomon had been a fairly high profile prep player who drew attention for his ideal frame and some high octane stuff, but he never really figured out strike throwing as a collegiate, which caused a slide into the middle rounds. The Astros were excited to...
The Crawfish Boxes Dec 2, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: December 2nd, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 2nd, 2020

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Thank you for your time in Houston, Josh Reddick, you were a pleasure to watch. Good luck wherever you land Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Jim Crane had some choice words for the lawsuits aimed at the Astros over the cheating scandal (The Athletic, $$$) After recovering from Tommy John surgery, prospect Peter Solomon is gearing up for Spring Training (Astros.com) It appears as though Josh Reddick’s time in Houston...
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 2, 2020

Astros News: Josh Reddick announces he will not return to Houston

After four years in Houston, Josh Reddick announced Tuesday that he will not be returning to the Astros in 2021. As expected, the Josh Reddick era has ended in Houston. The 33-year-old announced on Instagram late Tuesday night that he will not be returning to the Astros in 2021. “Thank you to the Astros, my teammates, coaches, […] Astros News: Josh Reddick announces he will not return to Houston - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 1, 2020

Houston Astros don’t protect Jose Alberto Rivera before Rule 5 draft

Jose Alberto Rivera was not protected by the Houston Astros. Now, he could be selected in the Rule 5 draft on December 10. On Nov. 20, the Houston Astros announced the players they protected from the Rule 5 draft in December. Among those protected include Forrest Whitley, Jairo Solis, Peter Solomon, Tyler Ivey and Freudis […] Houston Astros don’t protect Jose Alberto Rivera before Rule 5 draft - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Dec 1, 2020
Keep or Trade Zack Greinke?

Keep or Trade Zack Greinke?

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The Astros are better off keeping Zack Greinke in 2021 than not under most scenarios. In this morning’s post ($), Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic went into detail about the Red Sox and their potential to purchase prospects this offseason. This possibility basically comes down to this factor: Boston has the ability to absorb large salaries amid the uncertainty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact on the sport. With the league proclaiming a few billions in losses across the sport in 2020, most clubs have exhibit...
The Crawfish Boxes Dec 1, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: December 1st, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 1st, 2020

As boring as a slow offseason is, I’m enjoying this year much more than last for no particular reason... Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News These are the best offensive seasons of any Astros player (Astros.com) George Springer definitely feels like one of the more talked about free agents this offseason (Sports Illustrated) And he’s reportedly giving serious thought to playing for the Blue Jays in 2021 (theScore) Around the League MLB is launching a wood-bat...
Climbing Tal's Hill Nov 30, 2020

Astros Rumors: Houston unlikely to sign top free agents

The Astros are reportedly not willing to part with a draft pick to sign top free agents, so what will James Click and the front office do? The Houston Astros are without their top picks in the 2020 and ‘21 drafts as punishment from the illegal sign stealing incident. The loss of such high draft […] Astros Rumors: Houston unlikely to sign top free agents - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Nov 30, 2020

Houston Astros: Mets actively pursuing George Springer

The Houston Astros are increasingly likely to lose George Springer. Now, the Mets are emerging as a serious suitor to sign him. The market for George Springer appears to be heating up. The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams most interested in Springer, as I first reported for FanSided, and are now being joined […] Houston Astros: Mets actively pursuing George Springer - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Nov 30, 2020
What Happened to Jose?

What Happened to Jose?

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports A breakdown of his lost season. Jose Altuve. By now he might as well be called Mr. Astro. By far the most tenured current player, an Astro since 2011 and under contract until 2024, he’s the only survivor from the Astros Dark Ages. And no doubt he has already achieved the status as one of the greatest Astros of all time; a five time silver slugger, six time All-Star, three time batting champion, and one of only two Astros MVP’s. His 31 home runs in 2019 is the most of any Astros second baseman in history. All before the age of...
The Crawfish Boxes Nov 30, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: November 30th, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 30th, 2020

Photo by PAUL BUCK/AFP via It’s funny how searching through archived Astros photos feels like looking through old family photo albums Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News If you haven’t checked out the new Micheal Bourn Identity Podcast, it just dropped its latest episode with Pulitzer-prize winning reporter David Fahrenthold (Soundwave) Should the Astros pursue a Starling Marte trade to help fill the George Springer sized hole in the outfield? (Call to the...

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