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As lockout looms large, it appears the Astros may have already made their biggest offseason moves

As lockout looms large, it appears the Astros may have already made their biggest offseason moves

Photo by Bob Levey/ Beginning on Sunday, teams made a mad dash to sign many of the market’s top free agents in an effort to beat Wednesday night’s CBA buzzer. The Astros were not among them. The past few days have featured one of the most active and chaotic periods of free agency in recent memory. The imminent expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA)—or more specifically, the specter of a lockout—clearly motivated teams to make any substantial signings days ahead of Wednesday night’s de facto deadline. The Astros were not...
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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 1st, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 1st, 2021

Photo by Elsa/ Lockout looms. Big free agents remain unsigned Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Hot Stove Boogie Astros tender 6 arb-eligible players for ‘22. MLB.com What does Carlos Correa’s market look like after the Corey Seager and Javier Báez deals? Athletic $$$ Sara Goodrum leaving Brewers for Astros job as Director of Player Development. MLB.com MLB rumors: Live updates from free-agent frenzy as Javier Báez, Corey Seager, Max Scherzer find new homes....
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Being away from the closer’s role might actually help Héctor Neris

Being away from the closer’s role might actually help Héctor Neris

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Neris could be a better late-inning option than an established closer. Héctor Neris is now an Astro after signing a two-year, $17 million contract, but he won’t have the same role he partially had with the Philadelphia Phillies for the past five years. With Ryan Pressly locked in as the Astros’ closer, Neris will be another good late-inning option in Dusty Baker’s hands. That might actually be good for him. Neris already has 84 career saves, but there are numbers that suggest he’s better when he’s not in charge of sealing victories....
Nov 30, 2021
Astros MiLB Position Review: Third Base

Astros MiLB Position Review: Third Base

ROUND ROCK, TX - JULY 03: Sugar Land Skeeters infielder C. J. Hinojosa rounds 1st base during minor league game featuring the Sugar Land Skeeters and the Round Rock Express on July 03, 2021, at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX. | Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via A review of the third base position in the Astros system Astros MiLB Position Review: Third Base Now that the season is over we will review each position in the minor league system during the 2021 season. This week I will be looking at the third base position. The players here played the majority of...
Nov 30, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: November 30th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 30th, 2021

Photo by Ron Jenkins/ The Rangers spending over $500MM so they can duke it out for 3rd place in the division sounds good to me Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Hot Stove Boogie The Rangers look determined to grow Carlos Correa’s market after inking Corey Seager to a 10-year/$325MM megadeal (MLB.com) The funny thing is, after spending north of $500MM on 2 free agents, they haven’t really moved the needle all that much (Twitter - Breathin’ Orang Fire) The Mariners...
Nov 29, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: November 29th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 29th, 2021

Photo by Ron Vesely/ I’m not even sure I remember what I actually do for a living anymore after a long weekend of crushing turkey sandwiches and refreshing free agent news Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Offseason Shakedown The Astros haven’t made much of a splash since re-signing Verlander, but they did pick up a new bullpen piece in the form of Hector Neris (Astros.com) But the big news of the weekend was the Rangers signing Marcus Semien to a 7 year deal as the...
Nov 29, 2021
The Amazing Evolution of Jose Altuve. (But is he heading in the right direction?)

The Amazing Evolution of Jose Altuve. (But is he heading in the right direction?)

Photo by Elsa/ In 2011 who would have thought Jose would become one of the leading home run hitters in baseball? Jose Altuve continues to amaze. In his last two full seasons of baseball, Jose Altuve has hit 31 home runs each season. Given his physical stature, I don’t have to convince anyone of how unlikely this is. I count only nine other players in MLB who hit 31 or more homers in both the 2019 and 2021 seasons. Safe to say, none of them weighed anywhere near Jose’s 166 pounds. They would all probably be classified as heavyweights if they were boxers. But just in...
Nov 28, 2021
Offseason Check-In: Tyler Brown

Offseason Check-In: Tyler Brown

George Walker IV / Tennessean.com, Nashville Tennessean via Imagn Content Services, LLC Despite some ugly surface numbers in his pro debut, Brown impressed a lot of onlookers with his raw stuff and bat missing ability. Could he round out his game and rise the rankings in ‘22? Over the last decade-plus, Vanderbilt’s baseball program has been one of the premier incubators for pitching talent at the amateur level. They’ve been so successful recruiting and molding arms that their relievers often transition back to starting successfully in pro ball. In the 2020 draft,...
Nov 28, 2021
Nailed It: Off-Season Ramblings

Nailed It: Off-Season Ramblings

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Hebrew Hammer offers his take on the state of the Houston Astros and what he would do if he were GM. With the CBA looming, there’s no certainty when it comes to what’s next. I don’t just mean for the Astros, but for baseball in general. Normally, my articles are about a specific topic, well researched, and look to assist in showing the data in a way that allows the readers to draw a conclusion of their own. This article isn’t that. It’s purely my off-season observations, opinions and ramblings, with a focus on the payroll and sketch down...
Nov 28, 2021
Totally Not Fake News: Time for “The Show”

Totally Not Fake News: Time for “The Show”

Photo by Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday via Training time is over. The games are about to be played for real…and for keeps. New York, NY - There is a sense of anticipation and excitement in the league offices. A new year, a new season, and a new CBA to be had. “Ain’t seen this kinda excitement around here since 2016. That was a good year, when we pulled together and elevated our game to high levels of success. Major win for us. A bit of a struggle, but we came through in the end. Of course, you are only as good as your last win. Gotta build on that success,”...
Nov 27, 2021
Astros net Héctor Neris with a 2-year, $17 million contract

Astros net Héctor Neris with a 2-year, $17 million contract

Photo by Rich Schultz/ The ex-Phillies reliever brings his nasty splitter to Houston. It appears the Astros have found their replacement for Kendall Graveman, who recently signed a three-year deal with the White Sox. Héctor Neris, a longtime late-inning reliever for the Phillies, has landed in Houston on a $17 million deal over 2 years. Per source, guarantee is $17M. https://t.co/hOKzBCYzfg— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 27, 2021 The 32-year-old Neris possesses one of the game’s most devastating split-fingers, which has helped him sustain an elite...
Nov 26, 2021
Fortunately for the Astros, José Altuve got back to his usual star levels in 2021

Fortunately for the Astros, José Altuve got back to his usual star levels in 2021

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via After a living a nightmare in 2020, the star second baseman went back to the elite! This Venezuelan wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Luckily, the 2020 regular season was just a stain on José Altuve’s brilliant resumé in the Major Leagues. Last year, he was unrecognizable at the plate and, except for a pretty explosive postseason, he didn’t find his old self at any point of the year. Of course, he was carrying the sign-stealing scandal anvil on his shoulders, which might have been a cause for his underperformance. But...
Nov 24, 2021
Stagnant CBA negotiations could delay the Astros’ next big move

Stagnant CBA negotiations could delay the Astros’ next big move

Photo by Bob Levey/ There are several high-quality position players available in free agency, and the Astros are expected to sign at least one... eventually. The Astros are expected to be suitors for some of the free-agent market’s top bats. Among them are outfielder Starling Marte and shortstops Trevor Story, Javier Báez and Marcus Semien, all of whom are projected to receive four or five-year deals, which aligns with the Astros’ philosophy regarding high-priced contracts—no more than five years in length. While many of the market’s pitchers have already...
Nov 24, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: November 24th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 24th, 2021

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports May all your turkeys be cooked to perfection tomorrow Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Turkey Week Lowdown A little more offseason accolades for the Astros as Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker have been named to the All-MLB second team (Astros.com) Maybe we wouldn’t be having so much Correa drama this offseason if the Astros hadn’t made a dog’s breakfast out of the contract negotiations (Houston Chronicle) The Astros are all in on making...
Nov 23, 2021
In the Arizona Fall League, Pedro León gave us a glimpse of what he can do when healthy

In the Arizona Fall League, Pedro León gave us a glimpse of what he can do when healthy

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Once he found his rhythm at the plate, León was as productive as the Astros could’ve expected. Pedro León was one of the Astros’ prospects playing in the 2021 Arizona Fall League, the one-month tournament that concentrates most of the top prospects in the game. And for him, it wasn’t how it began but how it ended. Even though the promising youngster had an off start at the plate, he flashed all his talent at the plate in the final two weeks of the competition. Signed this year out of the international market and with the...