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2017 Schedule
101-61, 1st in AL West
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Yanks lose four minor leaguers in Rule 5 draft

The Yankees had four players taken in the Rule 5 draft Wednesday, while the O's picked three. The Tigers picked D-backs outfielder Victor Reyes No. 1; LHP/OF Anthony Gose was picked by the Astros, from the Rangers system; and the Royals made two trades.

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Newest Astros reliever Joe Smith struck out 11.8 batters per 9 innings last season, by far the highest rate of his career (previous: 9.1 with the 2007 Mets). The postseason showed the Astros needed help for a bullpen that ranked 17th in ERA during the regular season.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

The baseball writers' choices for the Hall of Fame are due 12/31 & the results announcement is 1/24, but the people's choices re: Barry Bonds & Roger Clemens are in, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll, released Tue. & 49% said no to the duo, 35% yes & 16% didn't know or had no opinion. 62% said they agree with HoFer Joe Morgan that players with a history of PEDs use don't belong in the HoF & 26% disagreed.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

It was an uneventful press conference for Astros manager A.J.Hinch, as you'd expect for the skipper of a title team returning its young core in its entirety. Team is looking for pitching of course, but beyond that he says Houston will likely allocate its DH at-bats between Evan Gattis and a rotation based on who needs rest. Playing time at that position was freed up by the retirement of Carlos Beltran.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

There was an interesting off-field development in Houston recently when pitcher Dallas Keuchel and super utilityman Marwin Gonzalez both switched their representation to Scott Boras. Keuchel and Gonzalez join Jose Altuve and Lance McCullers Jr. as Astros players in the Boras stable. They're both eligible for free agency next winter, and they won't be giving the Astros any hometown discounts.

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12dJerry Crasnick

Sources: Keuchel pitched with foot injury

Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, who was seen in a walking boot Saturday, pitched the end of last season with a foot injury, sources told ESPN.

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Watt, Altuve SI honor is well deserved (2:00)
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Springer: Soaking In The World Series Aftermath

World Series MVP George Springer talks to Buster Olney about his memories from the Fall Classic, what he's been up to since, and when he'll put it in the rear view mirror.

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25dBradford Doolittle

Hot stove stock watch: Astros

The Astros have the option to either spend on a high-dollar guy or wait to see what pops up in the in-season trade market. Either way, Houston is the early favorite to repeat as World Series champion.

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WATCH: Springer breaks down Astros' Top 10 playoff moments (6:05)
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How Beltran helped snap Springer's World Series slump (1:19)
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27dTravis Sawchik, Special to ESPN.com

One key move for the Astros this offseason

Manager A.J. Hinch didn't trust the majority of his bullpen in the postseason, so the Astros should bid for the top relief arm of this free-agent class.

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Springer: World Series title a culmination of 'complete organizational effort' (1:45)
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Astros to unveil WS banner in April vs. Orioles

The Houston Astros will unveil their World Series championship banner at home against the Baltimore Orioles on April 2. The Astros will open 2018 on the road against the Texas Rangers on March 29.

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Astros select two players, acquire Bailey from A's

The Houston Astros selected LHP Cionel Perez and RHP Dean Deetz to their 40-man roster on Monday. In addition, OF Ramon Laureano was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Brandon Bailey.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

As teams maneuver today to add players to their 40-man rosters, one name jumps out: the Phillies designated Mark Appel for assignment. The Astros famously selected Appel first overall in 2013, one spot ahead of Kris Bryant. Traded to the Phillies in the Ken Giles deal, he had a 5.60 ERA at Triple-A and spent time on the DL with a shoulder issue. His minor league track record has been abysmal and he looks like he'll be one of those great "What went wrong?" players of history. Let's hope the right organization can find a way to fix him.

Illustrations by Brian Konnick
28dDan Szymborski

Finding the best spot for Giancarlo Stanton

The Astros have bigger priorities than trying to land Stanton. However, with an opening in the lineup following Carlos Beltran's retirement, it sure is tempting.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8961st
Batting Average.2821st
On Base Percentage.3461st
Slugging Percentage.4781st
Earned Run Average4.1211th
Quality Starts67Tied-18th
WHIP1.278th
BAA.2406th