With the winter meetings upcoming in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas, we look at the free-agent outfielder's quest for baseball's biggest contract.
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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was asked about ace pitching prospect Forrest Whitley. He answered by pointing out that Whitley was mowing down hitters in his Arizona Fall League debut in October while the Astros were still playing in the postseason. After Whitley's outing, a scout texted Hinch, saying, "I've got your starter for Sunday." Suffice to say, the Astros are excited about Whitley.
Jake Kaplan from The Athletic talks to Buster Olney about the Astros' expected activity at this week's Winter Meetings.
The winter meetings are underway in Bryce Harper's hometown of Las Vegas, where we're tracking all of the latest Bryce buzz all week long.
With every team looking to make moves in Las Vegas, here's a forecast of big trades and signings for each.
A swap of 2016 World Series stars? Madison Bumgarner in Dodger blue? We play Let's Make A Deal, Las Vegas-style with moves we'd make if we were calling the shots at the winter meetings.
Some front offices have more work to do after deals while others are still plotting their first offseason strike. Here are eight areas that must be addressed by teams with playoff hopes.
Robinson Chirinos and the Astros have finalized a $5.75 million, one-year contract, giving catching-thin Houston another option behind the plate.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos, who hit .222 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the Rangers last season, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.
While this winter's crop searches for new homes, we look ahead to the big decisions that loom for some of the game's top stars -- Nolan Arenado, Chris Sale, Paul Goldschmidt and Gerrit Cole among them.
Your favorite team probably isn't going to get Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. But another move -- maybe for a top pitcher -- could make all the difference this winter.
The Astros, who could lose Marwin Gonzalez to free agency, acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz, who hit a career-high 18 homers last season, in a trade with the Blue Jays.
Want to make a hot-stove splash? Start with these bold trades and free-agent additions.
Mookie or Trout? Verlander or Snell? DeGrom with just 10 wins?? We break down all the angles in advance of baseball's major award announcements.
Starter Dallas Keuchel has declined the one-year qualifying offer the Houston Astros offered him.
After the hardware is handed out this week, here's what comes next for baseball's best players.
Justin Verlander and wife Kate Upton welcomed a daughter, Genevieve Upton Verlander, on Wednesday.
The proposed deal would have sent three minor league Astros prospects to the Nationals in exchange for Bryce Harper, The Athletic reported Saturday.
The Indians are open to trade offers -- even for their ace. Adding Kluber to one of these clubs could help shift the balance of power in 2019 and beyond.
The future of baseball's best player looms large, but other AL West contenders also face critical questions this offseason.
Bryce? Manny? Both? ... Or steer clear. We examine how every team in baseball should approach a historic pair of free agents.
The Houston Astros announced Tuesday that Lance McCullers Jr. will miss the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Bummer: Lance McCullers Jr. needs Tommy John surgery and will miss 2019. He has one of the game's best curveballs — 17.0 runs above average per FanGraphs, 8th best in MLB despite limited IP, in 2017-18 — and I always worry about lengthier recoveries for breaking-ball pitchers.
Dan Mullen ESPN.com
2018 MVP finalists — NL: Colorado's Nolan Arenado, Chicago's Javy Baez and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich. AL: Boston's Mookie Betts, Los Angeles' Mike Trout and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez. J.D. Martinez and Alex Bregman highlight the notable omissions in a very deep American League field.
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