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1/26/2015 | Astros' roster upgrades have Hinch raring to go

The roster has been retooled and improved since A.J. Hinch took over as manager of the Astros last fall. The team has beefed up the offense, strengthened the bullpen and created competition that will take center stage at Spring Training next month in Kissimmee, Fla.

1/24/2015 | Biggio reflects on Hall of Fame career at FanFest

One of the biggest events of Saturday's FanFest at Minute Maid Park was the Fan Forum session with Craig Biggio, the Astros legend who was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month.

1/24/2015 | Newest Astros relish chance to partake in FanFest

After a couple of days of heavy rains, sunshine dominated the sky Saturday morning, allowing the Astros to open the roof at Minute Maid Park as more than 5,000 fans came to the ballpark for the team's annual FanFest.

1/23/2015 | Altuve: Astros setting sights on playoffs

Perhaps no one is more encouraged to see the additions the Astros made this winter than All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve, who at 24 years old suddenly finds himself as one of the longest current tenured members of the club.

1/23/2015 | Astros, Gonzalez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

The Astros and Marwin Gonzalez avoided arbitration and agreed to terms on a one-year, $1,062,500 contract on Friday.

1/23/2015 | Healthy Correa eager to resume big league quest

Had Astros top prospect Carlos Correa not broken his right ankle sliding into third base last summer while playing at Class A Advanced Lancaster, he likely would have finished the year at Double-A Corpus Christi and put himself in position to reach the Majors early this season.

1/22/2015 | As long as club's run total increases, Astros OK with K's

While the Astros have unquestionably added a lot of power to their starting lineup in the last week with Evan Gattis and Colby Rasmus, they've also added a pair of guys who strike out at a high clip to a team that already has a high whiff rate.

1/22/2015 | Hoes, Grossman welcome competition for outfield spot

After making the Opening Day roster a year ago, L.J. Hoes and Robbie Grossman will come to spring camp as perhaps the odd men out in an Astros outfield configuration that's gotten deeper with the additions of Colby Rasmus and slugger Evan Gattis.

1/22/2015 | Biggio debating which Astros logo will go on Hall plaque

Craig Biggio's Hall of Fame plaque will feature an Astros logo. That certainly comes as no surprise, but exactly which logo remains to be seen.

1/22/2015 | Pedro, Biggio, Smoltz select Hall of Fame caps

The Hall of Fame has announced the cap selections for the plaques of recent electees Craig Biggio (Astros), Pedro Martinez (Red Sox) and John Smoltz (Braves), with all three players choosing the teams they spent the most time with during their careers.

1/21/2015 | Minor League righty Walter suspended 50 games

Andrew Walter, a right-hander who split last season between Class A Quad Cities and Class A Advanced Lancaster, received a 50-game suspension without pay on Wednesday following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

1/21/2015 | With Astros, Rasmus can step up and lead

Almost everything about playing for the Astros feels comfortable to outfielder Colby Rasmus. He has a good relationship with general manager Jeff Luhnow, who drafted him 10 years ago with the Cardinals, and he's finally playing his home games in the South, where he was born and raised.

1/21/2015 | With great depth, Astros wait to place outfielders

Forget about "Who's on first?" The Astros still don't know who's in center field, right field or left field. At least, that's what they're saying publicly.

1/21/2015 | Astros acquire righty Bostick in exchange for Corporan

The Astros traded catcher Carlos Corporan to the Rangers on Wednesday, one day after designating the veteran backstop for assignment, for Minor League right-hander Akeem Bostick.

1/20/2015 | Appel intent on making Major League debut in '15

Mark Appel's visit to Methodist Hospital on Tuesday morning as part of the Astros' annual Caravan was a meaningful one for the big right-hander, who about a year ago was in the hospital himself after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.

1/20/2015 | Rasmus joins Astros' outfield mix, signs 1-year contract

Free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, in Houston on Tuesday to take his physical, reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Astros. While it remains to be seen where Rasmus fits in the club's outfield rotation, his arrival gives manager A.J. Hinch another bat in a revamped lineup.

1/20/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Winker will be Minors batting champ

The only thing that could keep Jesse Winker from really competing for a batting title is if he hits so well the Reds decide in the second half that he's needed in Cincinnati. But a much more likely scenario is the outfield prospect raking all year in the Minors, across Double- and Triple-A, and then perhaps getting a September callup.

1/20/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Correa will have Minors' top average

Astros prospect Carlos Correa looks like he can't miss. He has all of the makings of a superstar shortstop, and the worst-case scenario appears to be an All-Star third baseman. The next step on his pathway to greatness will be a batting title in what should be his final full season in the Minor Leagues.

1/20/2015 | Vogelsong makes free-agent stop in Houston

Free-agent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who is in contract discussions with the Astros, arrived in Houston on Monday. The veteran right-hander has been on the club's radar in recent days.

1/19/2015 | Singleton ready to make adjustments, take next step

Jon Singleton didn't play baseball this winter, choosing instead to clear his mind after a challenging 2014 that also proved to be very rewarding for the Astros' first baseman.

1/19/2015 | Astros deal Fowler to Cubs for Valbuena, Straily

The Astros pulled off their second trade in a week on Monday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Dan Straily and infielder Luis Valbuena from the Cubs in exchange for veteran outfielder Dexter Fowler, who will be joining his third team in three years.

1/16/2015 | Luhnow: Astros will be winning club in 2015

Are the Astros poised to have their first winning season in nearly a decade? General manager Jeff Luhnow thinks so. Appearing on MLB Network's High Heat on Friday afternoon, Luhnow told host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo that he believes the days of losing records in Houston are over.

1/16/2015 | Lowrie to travel to Colombia for 'Diamond Diplomacy'

Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie will travel to Colombia next week to serve as a sports envoy in Major League Baseball's "Diamond Diplomacy" program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State.

1/16/2015 | Astros sign Castro, Sipp, Conger to 1-year deals

The Astros reached one-year deals with catcher Jason Castro ($4 million) and left-handed pitcher Tony Sipp ($2.4 million) prior to Friday's deadline for arbitration-eligible players to exchange numbers with their teams.

1/15/2015 | Strong pipeline has moved Astros' pieces into place

After years of the Astros touting their Minor League system for being one of the best in baseball, there was ample fruit on the vine this offseason. Multiple trades for prospects and two consecutive seasons of having the No. 1 pick allowed the Astros to switch gears. They're making trades for the now instead of for the future.

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