12/19/2014 | Passion key part of Zinter's return trip to Majors
When his playing career was over and he decided he wanted to become a coach, Alan Zinter went back to the rugged life in the Minors and worked his way back to the Majors.
12/19/2014 | Astros name Minors rovers, medical and field staff
The Astros have outlined their Minor League rovers, medical staff and field staff for the 2015 season and will bring back 61 coaches, coordinators and medical staffers from the previous year.
12/19/2014 | Biggio remains active in helping children with cancer
For years, Craig Biggio has been active with Sunshine Kids, a support group that has helped thousands of kids with cancer and their families, and the Astros legend gladly showed his support recently at organization's holiday party.
12/18/2014 | Biggio wants Hall call for the fans, not himself
For Craig Biggio, his possible induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is not just about him. It's about the Astros and -- most of all -- it's about their fans.
12/17/2014 | Hillman itching to contribute to Astros' rise
Former Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman gives Astros skipper A.J. Hinch an experienced right-hand man as his bench coach.
12/16/2014 | Astros sign first baseman Johnson to Minors deal
Veteran first baseman Dan Johnson, who played most of this past season with the Blue Jays' Triple-A club, has signed a Minor League deal with the Astros and will receive an invitation to their Major League camp this spring.
12/16/2014 | New shortstop Lowrie re-introduces himself to Houston
Jed Lowrie felt wanted in Houston, and the Astros believe that the switch-hitting shortstop can improve the team in 2015 with his hitting, fielding and leadership. The newest Astro addressed the hometown media after the club agreed to terms with the free agent on a three-year deal.
12/15/2014 | Astros sign Lowrie to 3-year deal
The Astros have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with free agent shortstop/infielder Jed Lowrie.
12/15/2014 | Scouting profile: A's shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson
Bernie Pleskoff watched Robertson play in the recently concluded Arizona Fall League. He easily made his list of top players he scouted during the autumn season. He finished the Fall League with a batting average of .310. Among his 22 hits were a double and a home run.
12/12/2014 | Astros introduce upgrades to back end of bullpen
The Astros introduced their newest additions at a news conference Friday, as relief pitchers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek join the team. The pair agreed to terms on Wednesday and the signings have been made official.
12/12/2014 | Hinch takes lessons learned in first stint as skipper to Houston
A.J. Hinch isn't shy about reflecting on tough times from his first stint as a skipper in Arizona. Now, he hopes to benefit from them in Houston.
12/11/2014 | Astros find necessary bullpen help at Meetings
When the Winter Meetings came to an end Thursday, the Astros had achieved their top objective by bolstering their bullpen by agreeing to terms with right-handed relief pitchers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, both of whom were flying to Houston on Thursday to take a physical.
12/11/2014 | Astros lose DeShields, two others in Rule 5 Draft
The Astros lost three players in the Rule 5 Draft, including former first-round Draft pick outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who was taken by the Rangers with the No. 3 overall pick. They also lost right-handed pitcher Jandel Gustave (Boston) and left-handed pitcher David Rollins (Seattle).
12/10/2014 | Swift set to play Minute Maid Park on Oct. 13
Seven-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift will play a show at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 13, 2015, the Astros announced Wednesday.
12/10/2014 | Rule 5 of thumb: Gems can be found in Draft
Every Winter Meetings has a coda to it, an event that doesn't generate the same kind of buzz as all of the trade and free-agent rumors that fill the hotel lobby throughout the Meetings' first three days. But it does involve players changing organizations and, invariably, new big league careers come out of it.
12/10/2014 | Orbit lifts kids' spirits at Ronald McDonald House
Orbit has always been a hit with children. And on Wednesday, the Astros' mascot brought joy to kids who have life-threatening medical issues, and their families.
12/10/2014 | Astros shore up biggest weakness
The Astros didn't just get better on Wednesday in ways that can be weighed and measured. They did, but that's only part of what happened. This was an important day on other levels, too, in the wake of reaching agreements with free-agent relievers Pat Neshek and Luke Gregerson.
12/10/2014 | Astros agree to deals with Gregerson, Neshek
The Astros reshaped their bullpen Wednesday by agreeing to contracts with right-handers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, pending physicals.
12/9/2014 | Luhnow 'optimistic' about improving Astros at Meetings
The Astros' search for relief help could be close to reaping some rewards. After coming up short in their pursuit of free-agent relief pitchers David Robertson and Andrew Miller, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday during his media briefing at the Winter Meetings that he's optimistic he can acquire a reliever through free agency or trade in the coming days.
12/9/2014 | Crane: Luhnow recently received contract extension
Astros owner Jim Crane acknowledged Tuesday that general manager Jeff Luhnow received a contract extension recently, though Crane didn't divulge the length of the deal or when it was done. Luhnow was hired as general manager three years ago.
12/8/2014 | Hinch eager to get back 'in the trenches' with Astros
Astros manager A.J. Hinch is older and wiser and admittedly better prepared to be a Major League manager this time around than he was five years ago when he got his first big league shot with the D-backs.
12/8/2014 | Astros poised to be bigger players at Winter Meetings
This year's Winter Meetings have taken on a different tone than the previous two years for Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, whose pitch to lure free agents to Houston now includes the fact that the club is being built to win now, rather than focusing on the future.
12/8/2014 | Altuve meet and greet part of charity auction
A chance to meet Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is up for grabs at the Winter Meetings charity auction that includes unprecedented baseball experiences and rare items to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
12/8/2014 | Sources: Astros interested in infielder Lowrie
The Astros have been pursuing free-agent shortstop Jed Lowrie to bolster their infield, multiple sources told MLB.com. Lowrie was the Astros' starting shortstop in 2012 before being traded to the A's, where he spent the last two seasons.
12/7/2014 | Relief pitching the primary target at Winter Meetings
As Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top front-office aides arrive in San Diego for the Winter Meetings, the club's pursuit of relief pitching figures to be front and center as every team and player agent are under the same roof for the next few days.
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