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Will Houston Rule the AL West in 2018?

As the Houston Astros revel in their World Series title, free agency will soon begin in force, which means the offseason will soon become very interesting. The question already on the minds of many is whether Houston can defend its American League West title, AL pennant and World Series. Last season the Astros finished 101-61 during the regular season and are listed at 6 to 1 to win next year’s World Series with just the Los Angeles Dodgers having shorter odds. Houston’s top players – Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, George Springer and Carlos Correa... 
 

Houston Astros Outlast Dodgers to Win Their First World Series

The Houston Astros capped a four-year rebuilding project with a remarkable turnaround delivering the franchise’s first ever World Series for the city recovering from Hurricane Harvey. When Jose Altuve, the favorite to win the American League MVP award, fielded a ground ball off Corey Seager’s bat and threw to first base during the ninth inning, the Astros had a victory that is franchise-defining by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in the seventh and final game of the 2017 World Series. Houston, which won thrillers in Games 2 and 5, took a... 
 

Yu Darvish and Lance McCullers Jr. Will Start But All Pitchers Available

Dodger Stadium will host its first ever Game 7 of a World Series on Wednesday and the starting pitchers will feature the son of a former major leaguer and a veteran traded during the season and who has pitched just three months for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. will start for the Astros, while Yu Darvish gets the nod for the Dodgers. Both hope to rebound from subpar performances earlier in this series. McCullers started for Houston in Game 3 but did not have the usual command of his pitches and walked four in just 5 1/3... 
 

Home Run Records in World Series Could be Due to Balls

Coaches and pitchers from both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros complained on Saturday about the baseball being used in the World Series, and the controversy this time is not only about how lively the balls are. They are saying the problem now is the baseballs Major League Baseball is using for the World Series are much slicker than ones used during the recently completed regular season, due to a difference in the leather cover making the balls much more difficult to throw sliders. After the Saturday night game, won by the Dodgers 6-2,... 
 

Houston’s Dallas Keuchel Could Make Relief Appearance in Game 7

Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel will be watching the American League Championship Series Game 7 from a different spot than the dugout. The Astros pitcher will be in his team’s bullpen. Like the rest of Houston’s pitchers, except for Justin Verlander the hero of Game 6, Keuchel could appear in relief for the team. Houston will send Charlie Morton a right-hander to the mound opposite New York’s southpaw veteran CC Sabathia. However, with the league’s pennant on the line and a chance to move on to the World Series, both teams are expected... 
 

Houston Astros Relying on Justin Verlander to Save Their Season

Justin Verlander shut down the New York Yankees in 2012 during the American League Championship Series when he pitched for the Detroit Tigers. At the time, he was the reigning AL Cy Young Award and MVP holder. Things have changed much since then, but Verlander is once again pitching in the ALCS against the Yankees, but this time trying to save the fading hopes of a World Series trip by his new team the Houston Astros. After opening the ALCS with two straight wins by scores of 2-1, with Verlander pitching a complete game in Game 2, Houston was swept... 
 

Best Team in AL Gets Better By Adding Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander until Thursday night has been a staple of the starting rotation for the Detroit Tigers for 12 years, but that ended when he was traded to the Houston Astros. The deal came only minutes prior to the midnight deadline where players who are traded will be eligible to play in the postseason. His presence in the Houston starting rotation will bolster an Astros squad that already has the best record in the American League but has questions marks related to its starting rotation due to injuries. For the struggling Tigers, the trade represented... 
 

Colin Moran Fouls Ball Off Eye, Taken to Hospital

Colin Moran a third baseman for the Houston Astros had to leave Saturday’s night game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards after he fouled a ball off the side of his face. Moran, a rookie who is 24, was hurt while at bat during the sixth inning. An inside pitch from Darren O’Day a reliever for the Orioles, was fouled straight up and into the area around Moran’s left eye. After swinging and fouling the ball, Moran dropped to his knees clutching his face, which started to immediately bleed. Following a lengthy time on his back on the... 
 

Houston’s George Springer Proving He Has What it Takes

George Springer’s “Springer’s Dingers” is the hot new catch phrase in Major League Baseball to explain the towering homer runs Springer has been launching out of ball parks around the country. The outfielder for the Astros, who helped the team earn a 12-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday collected four hits, scored four runs, smacked a pair of round trippers and knocked in 5 runs. Following his most recent outburst on offense, Springer is now batting a lofty .307 with 27 homers and 60 RBIs and the season is just a few games more... 
 

Can Anyway Stop the Houston Astros?

As of Wednesday, the Houston Astros completed 25% of their 2017 Major League Baseball regular season. The club is the holder of two key achievements over that period. One, the team has been the best in all of baseball and second it is the franchise’s best start in history. Both trends continued on Wednesday as the American League West leading Astros won their ninth game in their past 10 games played, defeating the plummeting Miami Marlins 3-0 completing a sweep of their three-game series on the road at Marlins Park. With the win, Houston improved... 
 

Houston Astros Looking for Another Starting Pitcher

The Houston Astros have started their 2017 Major League Baseball regular season strong with a record of 20-10 after 30 games and a 5 ½-game lead in the American League West. However, Houston knows it needs some more top line pitching and is in the market for a big name starter who can become second in line to ace Dallas Keuchel, the former Cy Young Award winner who has seen a resurgence in his game this season. Houston would like to add the best possible starter if can find with Jose Quintana the ace for the Chicago White Sox at the top of its... 
 

Chris Correa Says Astros Hacked Cardinals First

On Monday of this week, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred ended his office’s investigation of the hacking scandal involving the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros. The investigation determined that Houston suffered material harm, which could not be amenable to a precise quantification. The commissioner then announced disciplinary actions against the Cardinals including a fine of $2 million along with the loss of the team’s first two picks in the 2017 draft. Both the fine and picks go to Houston. In addition, former Cardinals... 
 

American League to Have Three Powers in 2017

The three American League teams that have been the most active in the offseason through trades and free agent signings will be the three favorites to win the three AL divisions in 2017. The Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros have made big moves to address weaknesses on their roster. When strong teams make solid additions, they have the makings to become great teams. Obviously, the assumptions can be dangerous and it is possible each of the three teams will have disappointing results during the 2017 season, but the three appear... 
 

Red Sox, Astros and Others Amongst Those Interested in Carlos Beltran

When the Texas Rangers were eliminated by Toronto during the postseason, veteran Carlos Beltran, who has become a free agent, said he would not be retiring. He added that he hoped he would be playing again with Texas. However, Jon Daniels the general manager of the Rangers said that he would love to have every free agent back under the correct circumstances, but allocating resources is what it is all about. If Beltran must look elsewhere, he will have a number of suitors on his doorstep. Even though the veteran would be 40 to start next season,... 
 

Astros Dallas Keuchel Wins American League Cy Young

Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel won the American League Cy Young Award announced on Wednesday.  Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points. David Price drew eight first-place votes and 143 points for his split season with Detroit and Toronto and Oakland’s Sonny Gray finished third. Keuchel led the AL in wins, going 20-8 and helping Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The bearded 27-year-old with a dominant sinker and sharp slider had a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts. Price went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts.... 
 

Rookie of the Year Awards: Cubs Kris Bryant, Astros Carlos Correa

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year, and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was voted the AL honor. Bryant made his debut on April 17 and became an NL All-Star. The 23-year-old hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs as Chicago returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Monday. San Francisco third baseman Matt Duffy... 
 

Kansas City Royals Up Next For Houston Astros

It was not too long ago, when the media poked fun the Houston Astros rebuilding plan and a payroll that was under $25 million. It was 2013 to be exact. Amazing things happen when you have a plan and work the plan. Using a combination of veterans, youth and overall depth, Houston entered the postseason with a total payroll of $81.3 million and dispatched the New York Yankess 3-0 advance to the American League Division Series. Pitching on three days’ rest, Dallas Keuchel threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out... 
 

Oakland Deals Scott Kazmir to Astros, Ben Zobrist Next

 The Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros are two teams headed in different directions.  The Astros are competing for a playoff spot and the A’s, well it looks like they might be in rebuild mode all of a sudden,  And may prove to be the biggest sellers in Major League Baseball heading into the trade deadline. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that  the Oakland Athletics have sent left-hander Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for prospects, right-hander Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. Kazmir has posted... 
 

Houston Astros are Serious Contenders

The Houston Astros own baseball’s second best record at 18-7. Only the St. Louis Cardinals, who own 18 wins against six losses, have a better mark. Houston enjoys a seven game lead on the Los Angeles Angels, who occupy second place in the American League West. Their odds of making the playoffs have surpassed the 50 percent mark and of the five teams in the West, they possess the best odds of winning the division. The Astros group of position players currently ranks third in baseball in fWAR with +6. Last season Astros position players... 
 

Chicago Cubs get Dexter Fowler from Houston Astros

The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily. The Cubs dealt away some of their infield surplus to upgrade their outfielder. Meanwhile, the Astros got a new third baseman and some depth for their rotation. The 28 year-old Fowler hit .276/.375/.399 in his first season with the Astros after being traded from the Colorado Rockies. His defensive numbers, while historically below average, were particularly poor in 2014. Still, he’s relatively young,... 
 

Houston Astros Sign Jed Lowrie

The Houston Astros have agreed to a three year deal with shortstop Jed Lowrie which will guarantee him $23 million. Lowrie was previously a member of the Astros in 2012 after the Boston Red Sox traded him along with Kyle Weiland in exchange for Mark Melancon. He spent the last two years with the Oakland Athletics. The 30 year-old Lowrie has battled injury troubles throughout his seven year big league career. He debuted with the Red Sox in 2008, and made a nice impression, batting .258/.339/.400 in 81 games. Lowrie was limited to just 32 games... 
 

Astros Sign Pat Neshek, Luke Gregerson to Bullpen

The Houston Astros upgraded their bullpen by signing relief pitchers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek. Gregerson’s deal is for three years and $18.5 million and Neshek is under contract for two years and $12.5 million. After two consecutive seasons of having one of the worst relief corps in the major leagues, the Astros are making a push to shore up the staff. The 30 year-old Gregerson spent last season with the Oakland Athletics where he pitched to a 2.12 ERA in 72 appearances. The right-hander struck out 20.8 percent of hitters, down from... 
 

Little Jose Altuve’s Big Season for Houston Astros

It’s been a season of controversy for the Houston Astros. They showed some real promise in June, with rookie right fielder George Springer making a big splash, and pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh posting ace-like numbers. However, shortly after Sports Illustrated declared them the “2017 World Series champs“, things began to unravel. Top prospect Carlos Correa was lost for the season with a broken ankle, and they failed to sign the top pick Brady Aiken, in what turned out to be a messy dispute. In the midst of these issues,... 
 

Astros Send George Springer to DL

The Houston Astros placed George Springer on the 15 day DL, technically with a right quad injury, although he has been experiencing right knee discomfort as well. The hope is his stay on the DL will not be an extended one. To take his place, the team recalled Marc Krauss from Class AAA Oklahoma City. Springer sat out the last two Astros games and the Astros are taking the cautious approach in dealing with his injury. “I just got to get through it,” Springer said on Tuesday. “Whatever happens, happens. I just have overall kind of discomfort.” Springer... 
 

Astros Number One Pick Brady Aiken Has Elbow Issue

The Houston Astros are seeking a discounted deal with LHP Brady Aiken, the No. 1 pick in last month’s MLB Draft has ligament issues in his left elbow, according to John Heyman of CBS Sports. “The Astros are offering to do a deal for about $5 million now, according to sources, about $1.5 million less than the originally agreed-upon $6.5 million, sources say,” according to Heyman, who says a deal looked close two weeks ago. The $6.5 million was about $1.4 million below the $7.9 million slot for the No. 1 overall pick. Houston discoverd... 
 

Astros Prospect Carlos Correa Will Miss the Rest of 2014

Houston Astros top prospect Carlos Correa will miss the remainder of 2014 after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a fracture of his fibula just above his right ankle, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. The injury spoils a spectacular season for Correa who was hitting .325/.416/.510, 16 doubles, six triples, six homers, 57 RBI, 50 runs and 20 stolen bases in 62 games, putting him line to be promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi later this year. Correa played the entire 2013 season at Class A Quad Cities at 18 years old and was impressive.... 
 

Astros Reach Agreement with Jesse Crain

The Houston Astros reached an agreement with reliever Jesse Crain on a one-year deal, reports Evan Drelich of the Houston Chronicle. Crain, who was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Tampa Bay Rays at the trade deadline has not pitched since June 29 when a shoulder surgery interrupted an outstanding season. However, he did pass his physical with the Astros, who believe he is progressing well. While Crain reportedly received two-year offers, he decided to take a one-year deal with the hopes of answering questions about his shoulder and... 
 

Houston Astros Sign Scott Feldman to Three-year Deal

The Houston Astros signed Scott Feldman to a three-year, $30 million deal. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report the deal. Because Feldman was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Baltimore Orioles during the middle of the 2013 season, he was not eligible to receive a qualifying offer so the Astros will not lose a draft pick. Feldman, 30, had a solid 2013 season. The big righthander bounced back from injuries that had hampered him the previous two years with the Texas Rangers to post a 3.86 ERA in 181.2 innings with a 17.4... 
 

Houston Astros Acquire Dexter Fowler From Colorado Rockies

The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-hander Jordan Lyles.  The Astros will also receive a player to be named later. Fowler hit .263 with 18 doubles, 42 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 119 games last season. Fowler, a switch-hitter who primarily plays center field, hit .300 in 2012. Houston GM Jeff Luhnow of Fowler . “One of our goals this offseason was to bring in an outfielder who can spark our offense, Dexter is an exciting player who can help... 
 

Kansas City Royals Acquire Houston Astros Justin Maxwell

According to Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports the Kansas City Royals have acquired OF Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros. Maxwell is 29 and is hitting .241/.311/.387 with two home runs in 115 plate appearances for Houston in 2013, after hitting 18 homers in 2012. The Astros will get minor league pitcher Kyle Smith. Smith 20, has a 2.85 ERA 5-4 over 104 1/3 innings in A ball. He was rated #11 in the Royals system.  Read More »
 

Mark Appel, Jonathan Gray to Make Pro Debuts in Early July

Top picks in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray are scheduled to make their professional debuts in early July. Appel, first-overall pick by the Houston Astros out of Stanford University, signed with the club on June 19 for $6.35 million and is set to make his professional debut in the first week of July. Appel traveled to the Astros’ spring training facility in Kissimmee, Florida on June 23, where he is scheduled to spend 10 days and pitch in a select number of simulated games. From there, Appel will be sent... 
 

MLB Draft: Top Pick Mark Appel Signs With Houston Astros

The Houston Astros have signed right-hander Mark Appel, the number one overall pick earlier this month in the MLB draft.  While terms of the deal were not announced, slot money for the first overall pick is $7.8 million. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported Appel and the Astros agreed to a signing bonus between $6 and $6.5 million on Saturday. The right-hander is represented by Scott Boras. Last year right-hander Appel turned down $3.8 million from the Pittsburgh Pirates to return for his senior season at Stanford University. The 21-year-old... 
 

Astros News: Brandon Barnes May Force Justin Maxwell Out of Centerfield

Brandon Barnes has been performing well in centerfield during Justin Maxwell‘s DL stint with a hand injury. The 27-year-old is hitting .271/.326/.729 with three home runs and 15 RBI this season and Houston Astros Manager Bo Porter may want to keep Barnes there even after Maxwell’s return. Porter told reporters, “I’m going to say that he will start. I’m not going to say it will be at center field”. The Astros’ manager expanded on his explanation by adding, “Brandon Barnes has done a great job there.... 
 

Jason Castro, Carlos Pena Lead Houston Astros Hot Streak

In moving to the American League this season, the Houston Astros have primarily been faced with much of the same, a team that has failed to pull it together and become a legitimate contender. Before May 27, the Astros held onto an AL worst 14-36 record and had surrendered 291 runs to their opponents, most in the major leagues. However, over the course of the past ten games, the Astros have surged to become one of hottest teams in baseball, winning eight of those games which included a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels and a six-game winning... 
 

Bud Norris Trade Stock On The Decline For Astros

Following his exit from Monday night’s 7-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers due to lower back spasms, Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris’ stock for the July trade deadline is now in question. Coming into Monday night’s contest, Norris had been sporting relatively good numbers for the struggling Houston club, holding onto a 4-3 record, 31/17 strikeout to walk ratio, and a respectable 3.40 ERA. Up until his injury (Norris felt the back spasms while throwing warm-up pitches before the start of the sixth inning), Norris had given up seven runs... 
 

Houston Astros Bats Wake Up With Five Home Runs, 22 Hits

The Houston Astros pounded Seattle Mariners pitching with 22 hits in five home runs to earn their first road victory of the 2013 season 16-9 over the Mariners at Safeco Field. The Astros snapped a six-game losing streak in which they had scored a total of nine runs.  They nearly doubled their run total of 17 from the first seven games of the season.  It’s the most runs and hits for the Astros since an 18-4 win over St. Louis on Aug. 3, 2010. “It was only a matter of time,” said Bo Porter, who earned his first road win as a manager.... 
 

Houston Astros Down Texas Rangers 8-2 in American League Opener

Rick Ankiel hit a three run homer to back up the pitching of Bud Norris in the 2013  major-league opener in Houston and the Astros beat the Texas Rangers  8-2  In their American League debut. Norris pitched 5 2/3 innings scattering five hits and allowing two earned runs.He struck out five and walked two. Opening-day starter for Texas Matt Harrison pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing six runs, five earned, and struck out nine. Justin Maxwell had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI for Houston,  But it was the blast by Ankiel  that broke the game... 
 

Houston Astros: Will AL West Teams Have an Unfair Advantage?

Some teams don’t like to admit that they’re re-building. The New York Mets, for instance, dealt R.A. Dickey a month after he won the Cy Young award in exchange for prospects that likely won’t make a difference for several years. Yet the term “re-building” will never leave the lips of the organization’s owners or front office, as they either have a delusional take on reality, or a crippling fear of any public relations backlash. But in Houston, the Astros are far from shy about their clear organizational strategy.... 
 

Houston Astros: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

Last season, the Houston Astros lost 107 games and finished in the National League basement. This year, they will likely top 100 losses again, especially since they are making their American League West debut. Yet many patient Astros fans are excited, and with good reason. Since Jeff Luhnow joined the club as general manager last offseason, he has shed the roster of numerous veterans through trades that have yielded an array of promising prospects. A once dormant farm system is now stocked with future impact players like shortstop Carlos Correa,... 
 

Houston Astros: Fielding a Major League Team on $25 Million

The Miami Marlins have caught a lot of flack this offseason, and deservingly so. Just one off season after opening a new stadium mostly financed by taxpayers, the Marlins have trimmed nearly $80 million off of what was a nine digit payroll and is now down to around $30 million dollars on the active 25 man roster. Giancarlo Stanton appears to be the lone relevant man standing. But the Houston Astros have flown under the radar during the Miami fallout. Sporting back to back 100 loss installments, the Astros have cut its $60 million dollar 2012 payroll... 
 

Houston Astros Trade Jed Lowrie to Oakland in 5-player deal

Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow pulled the trigger on a trade that sent shortstop Jed Lowrie to Oakland along with reliever Fernando Rodriguez to acquire first baseman Chris Carter, right-handed starting pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi. Lowrie appeared in 97 games for the Astros in 2012 and hit .244 with 16 home runs and 42 RBI. Rodriguez was 2-10 in Houston last season in 71 appearances out of the bullpen with a 5.37 ERA. Two weeks ago Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the A’s were interested... 
 

Houston Astros: Top 10 Prospects For 2013

Casual baseball fans snicker at the Houston Astros. Considering that they lost 107 games last year in the National League Central, and they are slated to make their American League West debut in 2013, that humor is understandable. Yet those people who follow minor league baseball recognize that Houston will not have a problem two to three years from now. Under first-year general manager Jeff Luhnow last season, the Astros stockpiled promising prospects, acquiring names like Matt Dominguez, Robbie Grossman, Rob Rasmussen and Asher Wojciechowski.... 
 

Roger Clemens May Take Role With Houston Astros

Clemens maybe returning to baseball in 2013 after all Roger Clemens is appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot for the very first time this year. Today we have news that the seven-time Cy Young winner may be ready to take on an active role with the Houston Astros. Clemens could join the Astros during spring training and possibly the regular season to help with a young Astros pitching staff. Clemens pitched this past fall for the Sugar Land Skeeters leading to speculation about a return to the major leagues. Apparently, that is not what this position... 
 

Who is Going to Close for the Houston Astros?

Veras appears to be  the favorite for the job heading into spring The Houston Astros are in complete rebuilding mode, as they should be. Since July 2010, the Astros have traded Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, Matt Lindstrom, Jeff Keppinger, Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, Mark Melancon, Carlos Lee, J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Johnson, and Wilton Lopez. The hope is obviously to build a stocked farm system, and compete in a few years–but only time will tell if their acquired/drafted talent is worth the wait. That’s... 
 

Astros Acquire John Ely From Dodgers for Rob Rasmussen

Houston will bring more  than new uniforms to the American League The Houston Astros continued retooling their roster in preparation for their move to the American League West. Today the Astros announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher John Ely from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Although not likely to be considered big splash moves, the Astros have been among baseball’s most active teams in regard to transactions since the middle of last summer. Earlier this week used in signed... 
 

Astros Reach Agreement with Carlos Pena: One Year $2.9 Million

Pena will become the Astros first designated hitter The Houston Astros are moving to the American League West in 2013, and have reached agreement with Carlos Pena on a one-year deal worth $2.9 million. Houston announced it will “make an announcement” Monday during a 2 p.m. press conference at Minute Maid Park. Pena will serve as their first ever DH and share first base with Brett Wallace. Pena hit .197 last year with the Tampa Bay Rays, but did hit 19 home runs and has averaged 32 home runs a year over the last six seasons. Pena is a former... 
 

American League West – 2013 Team Needs and Outlook

Oakland needs to make some upgrades to duplicate their 94-68 Editor’s Note: This is the third column in a Baseball News Source division-by-division series that will address what teams might do this off-season. Here is a look at the American League West. After claiming back to-back American League West titles and American League pennants, the Texas Rangers appeared poised to capture another AL West crown when they owned a five-game lead over the Oakland A’s with nine games remaining. Then the young and hungry A’s, which defied baseball... 
 

Astros Set to Hire Nats’ Bo Porter

Porter will remain with the Nationals through this season The Houston Astros will name Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter as their manager for next season, according to a FoxSports.com report. The Astros, the worst team in the majors at 51-105, fired manager Brad Mills on Aug. 18 and replaced him a day later with Tony DeFrancesco on an interim basis. Porter, 40, has served as the Nats’ third base coach since last season after holding the same position with he Diamondbacks in 2010. Porter served as Kirk Gibson’s... 
 

Bogar, Martinez Leading Candidates to Manage Astros

Martinez and Bogar are former Major Leaguers They were in opposite dugouts for the four-game series at Tropicana Field that was completed Thursday night. Now, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar are the leading candidates to become the next manager of the Houston Astros, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. As Baseball News Source reported earlier this week, the Astros job is appealing even if the team is a Major League-worst 48-102. New owner Jim Crane brought aboard first-year general manager Jeff Luhnow,... 
 

Tim Bogar Candidate to Manage the Youthful Astros

Astros will interview Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar Though they are 48-99 and will finish with the worst record in Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros are an appealing team for many managerial candidates. First-year general manager Jeff Luhnow, supported by new owner Jim Crane, has unloaded a variety of costly veterans who are not part of the club’s long-term plans and acquired a multitude of promising prospects as Houston prepares for its move to the American League West in 2013. Earlier this summer, Luhnow dismissed manager Brad Mills... 
 
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