Latest Houston Astros News

Astros sign RHP Neris to $17 million, 2-year deal

Dec. 01, 2021 00:39 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros signed right-hander Héctor Neris to a $17 million, two-year contract Tuesday with an option for 2024, bringing an experienced closer to the American League champions. Neris has saved 84 games over eight seasons for Philadelphia,...

Former MLB outfielder, manager Bill Virdon dies at 90

Nov. 23, 2021 17:22 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bill Virdon, the steady centerfielder who won the 1955 National League Rookie of the Year for St. Louis and guided the Houston Astros to three straight postseason appearances as a manager, has died. He was 90. Virdon died at the Lester E. Cox Medical...

Red Sox exercised manager Alex Cora's option for 2 seasons

Nov. 22, 2021 17:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have exercised Alex Cora’s option for two more seasons, rewarding their manager for taking them to the AL Championship Series in his first year back after a one-year sign-stealing suspension. Cora, 46, is now under contract through...

Diamondbacks hire Brent Strom as pitching coach

Nov. 18, 2021 17:34 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Brent Strom to be their pitching coach. The D-backs announced Strom's hiring on Thursday. The 73-year-old has been a pitching coach in the big leagues for 11 seasons, most recently with the Houston Astros from 2014 to...

Verlander gets $25M from Astros, Belt remains with Giants

Nov. 17, 2021 19:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander reached a $25 million deal to remain with the Houston Astros as he comes back from Tommy John surgery, and Brandon Belt accepted an $18.4 million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Verlander, a 38-year-old...

Verlander agrees to $25M, 1-year deal with Astros

Nov. 17, 2021 18:53 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander has agreed to a $25 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros that includes a conditional $25 million player option for a second season. Verlander became a free agent after completing a $94 million, three-year contract with the...

Julio Lugo, SS for 7 teams and Boston's '07 champs, has died

Nov. 15, 2021 17:47 PM EST

Julio Lugo, who played for seven teams in a 12-year major league career and was the shortstop for Boston's 2007 World Series championship team, has died, the Red Sox said. He was 45. ESPN reported that the cause of death was presumed to be a heart attack, citing Lugo's...

Possibility of universal DH could affect roster decisions

Nov. 10, 2021 21:29 PM EST

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — If the universal designated hitter returns to the National League for good next season as many people believe, don’t be looking for the role to be filled with prototypical aging superstars who no longer play a position. While some teams might...

Astros center fielder Jake Meyers has shoulder surgery

Nov. 10, 2021 19:32 PM EST

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros center fielder Jake Meyers had surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury that could delay his 2022 season. The 25-year-old was hurt on Oct. 12 in Game 4 of the AL Division Series at the Chicago White...

Astros GM says Verlander 'looks like himself' on mound

Nov. 09, 2021 21:33 PM EST

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Free agent ace Justin Verlander looked healthy and sharp at a showcase for scouts Monday, according to his former general manager with the Houston Astros. James Click said at Tuesday's general manager meetings that Verlander “looks like...