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William Metzger(bilbos)

The Legacy of James Click, Part III

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Let’s look at the first two 2022 trades

Before proceeding further with the analysis of James Click’s success at trades in his three years as GM of the Astros, I thought it would be useful to discuss how to value trades. There are three perspectives.

Evaluating trades by which trade pieces produce the greatest results. It is understood that contenders will trade greater future results for a quick boost during a playoff run. Of course, there’s no...

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Kevin Kraczkowski

Astros Crawfish Boil: Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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It’s Your Humpday Boil!

It’s the Humpday Boil!

It’s February 8, 2023. The very first pitchers and catchers will begin reporting in just five days, and everyone will have reported by February 21. The first Spring Training game will be played on February 24, with the Astros taking the field for the first time on the 25th. All that to say that Opening Day is still a while from now. It’s still fifty days until the Astros open their title defense...

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Astros GM comments on extension talks with young All-Star

The All-Star right fielder has continued to cement himself as one of the league’s best all-around players in the interim.

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Astros Sign Bryan Garcia To Minor League Deal

The Astros announced to reporters, including Mark Berman of Fox 26, that they have signed right-hander Bryan Garcia to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league Spring Training.

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Why a Yuli Gurriel-Astros reunion could work

Yuli Gurriel's return to the Houston Astros remains uncertain.

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Jimmy Price

Astros Top Three Catching Prospects for 2023

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 20: Yainer Diaz #63 of the Houston Astros reacts to hitting a double in the eighth during a game against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on September 20, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. | Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

See which Astros prospects top the list at catcher!

As we inch closer to the 2023 season, I am going to give top three prospects at each position. This will be based on where they currently play and also where they may end...

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Kevin Kraczkowski

Astros Crawfish Boil: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Bryan Abreu, eighth inning, Game Six, World Series | Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

It’s your Tuesday Boil!

It’s the Tuesday Boil!

Houston Astros News

Could the Houston Astros pursue a Hunter Brown contract extension? (chron.com)

Justin Turner breaks silence on Alex Cora’s role in Astros 2017 cheating scandal (msn.com)

Houston Astros Star Lands on Coveted MLB List (si.com)

Want to work for the Astros? Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s job fair...

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Cody Poage

Keep an eye on Ty Buttrey

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With most of the roster likely already set before Spring Training, there remains room for competition in the bullpen.

In case you missed it, the Astros signed a free-agent last week. You’ll be forgiven if this news didn’t capture your undivided attention as the signing involved a nearly 30-year-old reliever on a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Not exactly earth shattering stuff for the casual to even the most ardent fans,...

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Kevin Kraczkowski

Astros Crawfish Boil: Monday, February 6, 2023

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It’s the Monday Boil!

Today starts the final week before pitchers and catchers report.

Houston Astros News

Houston Astros Remain Interested in Yuli Gurriel (si.com)

We Want Houston...Again: Yankees’ Michael King Puts Foot In Mouth About the Astros (climbingtalshill.com)

MLB analyst gushes over Houston Astros’ star Yordan Alvarez’s stunning turn in 2022: “How do you define ‘breakout season?’” (sportskeeda.com)

Alex Cora Bragged...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

The Legacy of James Click Part II. The Trades

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The Click trades of 2020-2021

This is Part II of a multi-part series on the Legacy of James Click. For Part, I go HERE.

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done and his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

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One of the common criticisms of James Click during his tenure with the Astros was that he didn’t seem to do very much. At every trade deadline, fans expected a blockbuster trade. Instead, the...

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Latest on Yuli Gurriel’s free agency

Yuli Gurriel is one of the more accomplished free-agent hitters still available, though he’s seeking a bounce-back opportunity after a rough 2022 campaign. It seemed things were moving towards a resolution a couple of weeks ago when reports suggested his camp was making progress in talks with the Marlins. However, Miami eventually pulled back that pursuit.

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora used to brag about stealing World Series with Astros, according to new book

At this point everybody already knows the extent to which the 2017 Astros cheated, and Cora and the Astros were already punished for it. Still, hearing about how he allegedly bragged about it after the fact to his new team, almost as if he was proud of it, will certainly not do him any additional favors in the court of public opinion. 

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Juan Páez

Looking back: The 10 biggest moves of the 2022-2023 offseason

This offseason has been pretty active for most teams including the Astros. Let’s revisit the 10 biggest agreements.

Right after the Astros were crowned as World Series champions, lots of questions appeared and we got into a really active offseason. We were about to see valuable free agents and big question marks for almost every team including Houston.

But now, when it’s been almost three months since the final out, we can check back and look at the 10 biggest moves of this...

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Kevin Kraczkowski

Astros Crawfish Boil: Thursday, February 2, 2023

Framber Valdez during the final game of the 2022 season. | Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

It’s a (belated) Thursday Boil.

It’s the Thursday Boil!

Forgive the late.

Houston Astros News

Astros GM Dana Brown gives ‘realistic’ take on Yuli Gurriel situation (chron.com)

Houston Astros Announce Signing of Relief Pitcher to Minor League Deal (si.com)

Five sensible options for the Houston Astros’ final roster spot (chron.com)

Astros Right Fielder Focused On...

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Kevin Kraczkowski

Oops! All Astros: Kyle Gruller

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Kyle Gruller played in 15 games at the High-A level for Houston in 2022.

I’m reviewing all 316 players to appear in Houston’s system through the 2022 season. I’ve left no-one out.

Kyle Gruller is a six-foot-three, 234 lb. right-handed pitcher from Katy, TX. Born on May 21, 1998, he signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent on June 19, 2020 out of Houston Baptist. ‘

Gruller pitched in 10 games between Houston’s three lowest levels of minor league...

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Jimmy Price

Minor League Position Review: Relief Pitcher

ul 2, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Enoli Paredes (48) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams | Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

See how the young relievers performed in 2022.

This week we will move onto the relief pitching position. The Astros still employ the piggyback system so some of the pitchers may have some starts as well.

Previous Position Reviews:


First Base


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Joe Kelly Planned To Confront Astros At Bubble Hotel If They Advanced To 2020 World Series

When MLB found the Houston Astros guilty of electronically stealing signs during the 2017 season, many members of the Los Angeles Dodgers understandably felt cheated as they lost the World Series in seven games to them that year.

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Kevin Kraczkowski

Astros Crawfish Boil: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Ronel Blanco in April of the 2022 season. Speaking of the early season, just 56 days until the Opener! | Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

It’s the Humpday Boil!

It’s the Humpday Boil!

Houston Astros News

The greatest Houston Astros players of all-time, by jersey number (chron.com)

Brantley ‘excited’ by progress in recovery (MLB.com)

Former All-Star believes Houston Astros are still top team in baseball despite big offseasons from Mets, Yankees: “Everything runs through...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

The Legacy of James Click

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Time for some love for perhaps the most under-appreciated man in sports

Has there been a more successful general manager in all of baseball during the 2000s?

In his three seasons with the Houston Astros in the wake of the team’s disastrous cheating scandal, James Click was the General Manager of a team that went to the ALCS every year of his reign. They won two AL pennants, and in 2022 Click’s team won the World Series in six games, winning 11 of...

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Kevin Kraczkowski

Oops! All Astros: Valente Bellozo

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Valente Bellozo is an under-the-radar prospect that you may be getting more familiar with.

We’re reviewing all 316 players to appear in Houston’s system through the 2022 season.

Valente Bellozo is a five-foot-10, 170 lb. right-handed pitcher from Mexicali, MX. Born on January 4, 2000, he signed with the Astros through free agency on July 3, 2017. In 2018 and 2019, between Houston’s three lowest levels of minor league ball, Belloso put up a...

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