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Astros quiet at Meetings, but poised to strike

Astros president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow called Houston's work at the Winter Meetings productive, even though the club didn't make any transactions before leaving Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino early on Thursday.

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Rule 5 Fever: Astros Lose Three, Pick One in Thursday’s Action

As expected, Riley Ferrell was a high selection in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft, but there was much more action for the Astros than many would’ve predicted.

Generally followed by only the hardcore-est of the hardcore, the Rule 5 draft has been a bigger point of emphasis in recent years as transactions at the Winter Meetings have slowed. The draft has three phases- the major league phase, the Triple-A phase and the Double-A phase- and players are eligible to be selected if they have been...

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Jeff Luhnow departs Winter Meetings empty-handed

The Winter Meetings wrap up today with the Rule 5 Draft and Astros’ GM Jeff Luhnow will be leaving Las Vegas today with no deal in hand. With the completion of the Rule 5 Draft today, the Winter Meetings will have come and gone. By normal standards, this year’s gathering of MLB executives and owners […] Astros: Jeff Luhnow departs Winter Meetings empty-handed - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 13th, 2018

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Astros News

According to Luhnow, the Astros are in the hunt for starting pitching at the winter meetings (Astros.com)
But not a lefty reliever, which isn’t near the top of the priorities list (Houston Chronicle)
They are also on the prowl for more offense this offseason (Texas Sports Nation)
Which could include Michael Brantley, who would table an important issue (House of Houston)
Expect Aledmys Diaz to preview his utility role...

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Goodbye, Charlie Morton

One of the Astros’ key contributors over the last two seasons finds a new professional home. The man who closed out Game 7 of the 2017 World Series for the Astros, Charlie Morton, is now a member of the Rays. And I can’t help but be happy for the guy. Free agent starter Charlie Morton and […] Astros: Goodbye, Charlie Morton - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Should the Astros pursue Drew Pomeranz?

Am I really bringing up the discussion of the Astros, who had one of the best rotations of all time last year, looking at a pitcher who pitched with an ERA over 6 last year?

Well, maybe, If I’m the Astros, I know that we not only have a large gap in our rotation this year, but potentially losing Verlander, Cole, and McHugh next year means I need to focus on long term plans. The Astros will be coming up to the time where they will have some extremely large pay raises, and will have to look...

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Astros talking starting pitcher at Meetings

Astros president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow said on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that they wanted Morton back in Houston, though it's unknown if the club made him an offer. The Astros remain in pursuit of a starting pitcher to replace Morton, injured right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and lefty Dallas Keuchel, who's also a free agent.

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Source: Astros tab Storey as Triple-A skipper

The Astros have tabbed former big league pitcher Mickey Storey as their manager at Triple-A Round Rock beginning in 2019, a source told MLB.com. Storey, 32, spent last season as manager for Class A Quad Cities, going 81-59 in his first year as skipper. The club has not confirmed the report.

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Charlie Morton Signs with the Rays: Comment Thread

Astros All Star and World Series Hero Charlie Morton Signs contract with the Tampa Bay Rays for $30 million/ two years

Although at this writing the Tampa Bay Rays have not announced the move, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rays have signed Charlie Morton, former Astro, for $30 million, two years.

For more on this story go here.

What does this mean for the Astros?

Why didn’t they resign him?

Who will replace him in the rotation?

Is a trade for another starter in the...

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Charlie Morton agrees to two-year deal with Rays

The Rays have reached agreement on a deal with right-hander Charlie Morton, according to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi (Twitter link).  Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported earlier Wednesday that Morton and the Rays were close to a deal, and also first reported on the interest between the two sides earlier this week.  Morton, a client of Jet Sports Management, will earn $30M over the two-year contract, as per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.  The deal also contains an option for the 2021...

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Rays sign Charlie Morton to two-year deal

The Tampa Bay Rays are serious about making moves in free agency, and they have landed a solid prize on the market. According to numerous reports, the Rays are have agreed to a two-year deal with starting pitcher Charlie Morton. The Rays typically don’t make significant moves in free agency, but this definitely counts as one. Morton is coming off an All-Star season with the Houston Astros, where he put up a 3.13 ERA in 30 starts. The Rays had been linked to Morton already, but so had other...

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Report: Rays sign All-Star Charlie Morton to two-year deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have made a move to upgrade their starting rotation. They have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent starter Charlie Morton. Morton was a key cog for the Houston Astros as they won the World Series in 2017. He followed that up with the best season of his career in 2018, going 15-3 with a 3.13 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 10.8 K/9 rate. On the one hand, starting pitching was already a position of strength for Tampa. The Rays starters posted a 3.68 ERA in 2018, the seventh-best...

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Charlie Morton reportedly drawing interest from multiple teams

Charlie Morton is coming off one of his best statistical seasons as an MLB pitcher, and the right-hander appears to be getting closer to finding a new home for 2019. Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has been reporting that the Rays have interest in Morton and have continued to have discussions with him. However, the Texas Rangers may have emerged as the favorite to sign Morton. On Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Rangers have “strong interest” in...

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HebrewHammah

Dodgers looking to Shed Payroll - Potential Astros fits

If you haven’t read the rumors that MLBTradeRumors put out. They stated that the Dodgers are looking to trade Matt Kemp and/or Yasiel Puig.

Interestingly enough, Fangraphs also had posted an article of similar nature, but also mentioned that the Dodgers would be looking to trade from their Starting Rotation as a method of reducing payroll, potentially pairing a more valuable person to enable someone to take the burden of the larger contracts.

Players of Interest:

AP

Matt Kemp (34)...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 12th, 2018

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Astros News

It’s probably not going to happen, but imagine the lineup with Bryce Harper slotted in (USA Today)
Michael Brantley may not be such a bad consolation prize though (theScore)
There are also some pitchers out there that would fit in nicely with the Astros (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Though that may not matter so much if Forrest Whitley can keep throwing bullets like this one (CUT4)
Lance Berkman deserves to be in the HoF, and...

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Stage set for Astros' top prospect to break out

The Astros' pursuit of offense won't come at the hindrance of No. 1 prospect Kyle Tucker, club president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday from baseball's Winter Meetings at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Hinch weighs in on Astros' rotation options

The Astros already have the makings of a strong pitching rotation next year, led by Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Collin McHugh, despite the likely departures of free agents Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton and the Tommy John surgery that will cost Lance McCullers Jr. the entire season.

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Astros’ owner Jim Crane says payroll has room to increase

The Astros had a club record payroll in 2018, but that number could rise even higher in 2019. Remember in the mid-2000s when the Astros‘ payroll was approaching $100 million, and it was a big deal? My how things change. Astros owner Jim Crane told MLB.com that he’s prepared to raise the team’s payroll in […] Astros’ owner Jim Crane says payroll has room to increase - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pitchers that would fit like a glove in Houston

The Winter Meetings are in full swing and the rumors are rampant. Will the Astros reel in one of the highly coveted pitchers, there for the taking? The priorities of the Astros‘ GM, Jeff Luhnow, are no secret, a quality starting pitcher, bullpen help and offensive support for the lineup. Depending on what they’re able […] Astros: Pitchers that would fit like a glove in Houston - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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TCB Interviews Kevin Goldstein

For those of you who don’t know him, Kevin Goldstein was hired into the Astros organization away from Baseball Prospectus. At the time CrawfishBoxes was not the only ones writing about the excitement of his addition to the staff, but you can read the community’s excitement (for the most part). Here is a snippet from Brooks in that article:

”Upper tier prospect analyst. Being a Baseball Prospectus guy, he’s definitely a sabermetrics style analyst with use of advanced metrics for...

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