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Old 11-01-2018, 01:57 PM
 
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Bummer ~ I guess my only option would be to drive up to Anaheim and watch them if they play the Angels. The traffic getting up there though, ugh. We'd have to make it a weekend trip or something.



My husband is a SoCal native and HUGE Dodgers fan ... he will root for the Astros with me except when they play his Dodgers -- so during the 2017 World Series, ugh, that was tough. My team vs. his team. We're still married so all is good, ha!

But he and his Dodger buddies are always at our place watching the games and they think Kershaw will stay a Dodger but they said if he left, they wouldn't be heartbroken over it - they say they'd rather have Keuchel than Kershaw. But I really don't want Kershaw, I'd rather keep Keuchel as an Astro, personally.

Is there a good Astros Podcast, app, website or talk radio that Houstonians listen to? What is the best way to stay up-to-date with the very latest regarding changes during the off season?



Yeah, Petco is great! Games are so fun here but not enough fan support, its weird. Especially when the Dodgers come to town, it looks like a Dodgers home game. I kinda feel bad for the Padres.

I went to the World Series victory parade in downtown Houston last year, hoping to encounter some long time fans.

Boy did I ever !

I spent the whole parade with 3 of 4 generations of the same family.

The patriarch was in his mid 80s and used to go to Astros games before the Astrodome was built and they were still called the Colt 45s. He's a Houston native and lifelong resident. His son was with him, born in 1962, and also a native and lifelong resident. If I had had any siblings, I could potentially have had a younger brother that age. His son (the patriarch's grandson) was at work, but that son's son (his 5-7 year old grandson, who was the patriarch's great grandson) was there. The boy's father (the one at work), as an adult, had moved to California and had married and started his family there. The boy had lived all of his young life in L.A. before moving with his parents to Houston a bit over a year before the parade. The boy's grandpa (the son of the patriarch) told me that it took them about 6 months to turn him away from the Dodgers and into a complete Astros fan.....but they did it . He said they won't let him go back . I asked him if he meant go back to California, or go back to being a Dodgers fan. He laughed and said both!


I listen to AM 790 (on the internet if the radio in the car or at home isn't pulling that station) and they have aired some 'post elimination' Astros blurbs since the end of the ALCS.
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:05 PM
 
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I'm not sure you guys make it past the Yankees if it wasn't for Verlander.

I think Verlander is a different situation though. Kershaw is down in velocity. I'm not sure if that was Verlanders problem. I think he just had a case of being on a losing team & it's hard to compete sometimes when you're in a situation like that.

Verlander is also a FA after 2019. Kershaw would probably be given a 4 year deal.

My understanding is that an option for 2020 is part of Verlander's deal (obviously inherited from the Tigers) and that that option (for $22 million, IIRC) automatically kicks in if Verlander finishes in the top 5 in the Cy Young voting for/after the 2019 Season.
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:58 PM
 
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My understanding is that an option for 2020 is part of Verlander's deal (obviously inherited from the Tigers) and that that option (for $22 million, IIRC) automatically kicks in if Verlander finishes in the top 5 in the Cy Young voting for/after the 2019 Season.



Yea you're right


Justin Verlander rhp
7 years/$180M (2013-19), plus 2020 option
  • 7 years/$180M (2013-19), plus 2020 vesting option
    • signed extension with Detroit 3/29/13
    • replaced final two years of previous deal
    • 13:$20M, 14:$20M, 15:$28M, 16:$28M, 17:$28M, 18:$28M, 19:$28M, 20:$22M vesting option
    • 2020 option guaranteed with top 5 finish in 2019 Cy Young vote
    • award bonuses, including $0.1M for All-Star selection
    • no-trade protection
    • acquired by Houston in trade from Detroit 8/31/17 with $60,743,169 remaining on contract
    • as part of the trade, Tigers to pay Astros $17,355,191 ($1,355,191 on 10/15/17, $8M on 6/15/18 and $8M on 6/15/19)
    • Verlander retains full no-trade protection and agreed to waive 2020 vesting option
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Old 11-26-2018, 12:27 PM
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The Astros have nabbed Chris Herrmann to fill one of the spots at catcher. They hope to get one more, but this will be a good pick.

https://www.mlb.com/astros/news/chri...er/c-301097868
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:36 PM
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Just six weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.

Nothing new here on the acquisition front. Just Brantley and Chirinos.
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Old 01-29-2019, 04:35 AM
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Dallas Keuchel and Marwin Gonzalez are still out there, and unsigned. No team has taken either of them yet. There are rumblings that one of them may end up back in Houston. We'll know soon enough.
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Old 01-29-2019, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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Dallas Keuchel and Marwin Gonzalez are still out there, and unsigned. No team has taken either of them yet. There are rumblings that one of them may end up back in Houston. We'll know soon enough.
They're worth keeping at a reasonable price, but I'm thinking that both are probably past their peak production and there's no need to overpay for that. Fortunately, we may not need to. GMs around baseball seem to have moved away from throwing big money at the FA market, and they've wised up to fat, long contracts for guys going into the downswing of their careers.

Marwin was extremely valuable to the WS run and that whole season. You could plug him in most any position in the field, and he would produce at the plate. Last hear he was less healthy and less consistent, and in particular had an awful start to the season. When he started coming around, more games were getting won.
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Old 01-29-2019, 06:27 PM
 
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The Astros have nabbed Chris Herrmann to fill one of the spots at catcher. They hope to get one more, but this will be a good pick.

https://www.mlb.com/astros/news/chri...er/c-301097868
What is supposed to be good about it? Heerman has a lifetime .205/.282/.351 slashline. Does he make up for it with dazzling glovework? Not according to Baseball Prospectus which lists his FRAA (fielding runs above average) as:
2012 -0.9
2013 -3.5
2014 -1.6
2015 -4.1
2016 -3.1
2017 -6.5
2018 0.1

He is 31 years old, so it isn't like he is going to suddenly find himself and raise his game greatly.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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What is supposed to be good about it? Heerman has a lifetime .205/.282/.351 slashline. Does he make up for it with dazzling glovework? Not according to Baseball Prospectus which lists his FRAA (fielding runs above average) as:
2012 -0.9
2013 -3.5
2014 -1.6
2015 -4.1
2016 -3.1
2017 -6.5
2018 0.1

He is 31 years old, so it isn't like he is going to suddenly find himself and raise his game greatly.
I'm not expecting too much, but he might put some pressure on Max Stassi to produce a little more consistently. Local product, Alvin CC alum.
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Old 02-01-2019, 04:13 PM
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Default Miley Is Coming

Well, we didn't see this coming? The Astros have needed another lefthander, and now, their rotation is getting a pretty good guy. Wade Miley is going to be an Astro this year. Great move. If he does what he's capable of doing, then the Astros will have a stronger rotation and more balance during the season.

https://www.mlb.com/astros/news/wade...os/c-303408232

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What is supposed to be good about it? Heerman has a lifetime .205/.282/.351 slashline.

He is 31 years old, so it isn't like he is going to suddenly find himself and raise his game greatly.
It's okay, GS. They've got Chirinos now. Plenty of options for Hinch. Chirinos looks to be the regular starter, and nobody's going to catch 162 games here.
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