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January

16
Cubs, first baseman Mancini agree on 2-year deal

Free agent first baseman Trey Mancini is in agreement with the Chicago Cubs on a two-year deal which includes an opt out clause after the first season, sources told ESPN on Saturday night. Mancini, 30, spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles before being traded last summer to the Houston Astros, where he played a part-time role in their run to the World Series title. He struggled with the Astros, hitting just .176 in 165 regular season at-bats. He hit 18 home runs split between the two teams and made a key defensive play at first for the Astros during the World Series. Looking for the […]

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November

29
Astros sign slugger Jose Abreu to 3-year deal

Slugging first baseman José Abreu signed a three-year deal with the Houston Astros, it was announced on Monday. Abreu, who turns 36 in January, earned the American League MVP award in 2020 and is second in baseball with 863 RBIs since his first season in the major leagues, 2014. He hit .304/.378/.446 this year with the Chicago White Sox, for whom he had played all nine of his big league seasons after defecting from Cuba. Following a dreadful first five weeks, Abreu was one of the best hitters in baseball over the final three-quarters of the season, batting .335/.405/.479, though his 15 home runs […]

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November

17
Justin Verlander wins third AL Cy Young by unanimous vote

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander won his third American League Cy Young Award on Thursday, joining a distinguished club with fewer than a dozen members throughout baseball history. He did so unanimously. And he did so under unprecedented circumstances — as a 39-year-old coming off Tommy John surgery, which kept him off a major league mound for most of the past two years. It was all rooted in positive thinking. When Verlander decided to surgically repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in September 2020, he thought not about his age but about a percentage: 89%. That, he told MLB Network before being announced […]

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November

14
Astros, Rafael Montero reach 3-year, $34.5M deal

Reliever Rafael Montero agreed to a three-year, $34.5 million deal that will bring the right-hander back to the Houston Astros’ dominant bullpen a week after the team rode its pitching staff to a World Series title, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN. Montero, 32, thrived in his first full season with the Astros, posting a 2.37 ERA in 68⅓ innings and allowing just three home runs while striking out 73. The deal came together on a transformative Friday for the Astros, who saw general manager James Click reject a one-year contract from owner Jim Crane and leave the organization. Re-signing Montero deepens an Astros […]

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November

10
Dusty Baker to return as champion Astros’ manager in 2023

For years, as Dusty Baker chased his first World Series title as a manager, the former big league outfielder would always say if he won one he’d like to win two. Baker will get an opportunity to do just that after he signed a one-year contract with the Houston Astros for the 2023 season. “How many times in your life do you say something and then have the opportunity to fulfill it?” Baker said Wednesday. “I wasn’t just talking. I meant what I said. I love keeping my word. So, hey man we’ve got a chance to win back-to-back and this is […]

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November

07
Astros’ Jeremy Pena caps brilliant rookie season with World Series MVP

Over the course of one amazing rookie season, Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena has moved beyond his spring training status as Carlos Correa’s successor. At this point, it might be more accurate to say that Correa, Houston’s longtime All-Star shortstop who departed via free agency this spring, is Pena’s predecessor. Pena capped his amazing debut campaign Saturday by being named MVP of the World Series after the Astros clinched the title with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. “It has a lot to do with my family, my upbringing,” Pena said. “Shoutout to my teammates as well. They took me in since day one. They […]

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November

03
Javier, bullpen combine on no-hitter as Astros tie Series

The Houston Astros completed the first combined no-hitter in postseason history on Wednesday night, riding six scoreless innings from Cristian Javier and another three from a trio of relievers in an emphatic 5-0 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the World Series. The victory tied the Series at two games apiece and placed Javier in exceedingly rare company, joining former New York Yankees right-hander Don Larsen — author of a perfect game in 1956 — as the only pitchers in World Series history to finish an outing with no hits permitted in six or more innings. Javier’s start was a re-enactment of the combined no-hitter […]

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October

31
Phillies set to host Houston with World Series tied at 1-all

Fresh from singing another rollicking chorus of “Fly, Eagles fly,” fans streamed out of Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday and quickly turned their attention from the NFL’s only unbeaten club to another Philly team, another sport and another building just a few hundred yards away. “Let’s go, Phillies!” some chanted in the concourse. “Let’s go, Harper!” other hollered as they headed to the exits. Think that was loud? Just wait till the World Series returns to Philadelphia for the first time since 2009. On Halloween night, too, with the Phillie Phanatic sure to be in rare form. Already frenzied during […]

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October

25
Astros sweep Yankees to reach 4th World Series in 6 years

The Houston Astros made going to the World Series look easy. This is October, after all, the time of year when it’s easy to pencil in the Astros for making a deep postseason run — and 2022 marked their sixth consecutive trip to the American League Championship Series. And somehow, this year’s Astros team made things look even easier, steamrolling through the regular season to the tune of an American League-best 106 wins and sweeping all three games versus the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS and all four games against the New York Yankees in the ALCS. The Astros won Game 4 of the ALCS 6-5 on Sunday […]

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October

12
Astros relievers Will Smith, Phil Maton left off ALDS roster

Houston Astros reliever Phil Maton will not pitch again this postseason after breaking a bone in a finger on his pitching hand while punching his locker last week, he stated Tuesday. Maton, who had a 3.84 ERA in 67 games this season, on Tuesday told reporters that he had surgery Monday after suffering a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right pinkie when he punched his locker out of anger last Wednesday. “It was a short-sighted move and, ultimately, it was selfish,” Maton told reporters about the incident after the Astros’ regular-season finale. “It’s one of those things that I hope doesn’t affect our […]

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