By refusing to back down three years ago and again last week, the Marlins slugger set the stage for the Bronx Bombers to make a stunning deal.
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Buster Olney talks to Jake Kaplan of The Houston Chronicle about Dallas Keuchel's health concerns, the team's ability to re-sign its young core in the coming years and more.
- Astros' Gene Dias wins Fishel award for MLB public relations
- Sources: Keuchel pitched with foot injury
- Watt, Altuve named SI's Sportspersons of Year
- Astros to unveil WS banner in April vs. Orioles
After being dumped by the Astros, he remade his swing and is now set to make nine figures on this winter's free-agent market.
Gene Dias of the World Series champion Houston Astros has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence in the major leagues.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
There was an interesting off-field development in Houston recently when pitcher Dallas Keuchel and super utilityman Marwin Gonzalez both switched their representation to Scott Boras. Keuchel and Gonzalez join Jose Altuve and Lance McCullers Jr. as Astros players in the Boras stable. They're both eligible for free agency next winter, and they won't be giving the Astros any hometown discounts.
Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, who was seen in a walking boot Saturday, pitched the end of last season with a foot injury, sources told ESPN.
Sports Illustrated named Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Astros second baseman Jose Altuve its co-Sportspersons of the Year.
The Astros reportedly could non-tender trade Evan Gattis or look to trade him by Friday's deadline.
World Series MVP George Springer talks to Buster Olney about his memories from the Fall Classic, what he's been up to since, and when he'll put it in the rear view mirror.
Having three teams with triple-digit W's is rare, but MLB's power trio is just a few offseason tweaks from reaching the century mark again.
The Astros have the option to either spend on a high-dollar guy or wait to see what pops up in the in-season trade market. Either way, Houston is the early favorite to repeat as World Series champion.
Manager A.J. Hinch didn't trust the majority of his bullpen in the postseason, so the Astros should bid for the top relief arm of this free-agent class.
The Houston Astros will unveil their World Series championship banner at home against the Baltimore Orioles on April 2. The Astros will open 2018 on the road against the Texas Rangers on March 29.
Astros select two players, acquire Bailey from A's
The Houston Astros selected LHP Cionel Perez and RHP Dean Deetz to their 40-man roster on Monday. In addition, OF Ramon Laureano was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Brandon Bailey.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
As teams maneuver today to add players to their 40-man rosters, one name jumps out: the Phillies designated Mark Appel for assignment. The Astros famously selected Appel first overall in 2013, one spot ahead of Kris Bryant. Traded to the Phillies in the Ken Giles deal, he had a 5.60 ERA at Triple-A and spent time on the DL with a shoulder issue. His minor league track record has been abysmal and he looks like he'll be one of those great "What went wrong?" players of history. Let's hope the right organization can find a way to fix him.
The Astros have bigger priorities than trying to land Stanton. However, with an opening in the lineup following Carlos Beltran's retirement, it sure is tempting.
Jose Altuve won the AL award easily, while Giancarlo Stanton eked out a narrow victory in the NL, but both were smart selections by the voters.
Right-hander Carlos Pimental, on the roster of the Astros' rookie-level Gulf Coast League club, was among those suspended by Major League Baseball.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Carlos Beltrán and Alex Cora being honored today in Puerto Rico.
Jose Altuve's impressive trifecta
The Astros star won the batting title and World Series in October and was named AL MVP on Thursday. Just seven other players have pieced together a batting crown/world championship/MVP trifecta: Joe DiMaggio (1939), Stan Musial (1946), Willie Mays (1954), Mickey Mantle (1956), Dick Groat (1960), Frank Robinson (1966) and Buster Posey (2012). (Elias Sports Bureau)
The Astros organization, fellow teammates and peers praise Jose Altuve on social media after the second baseman was named AL MVP for 2017.