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February

09
Adolis García, Rangers agree to 2-year deal, avoid arbitration

Adolis García and the Texas Rangers agreed Thursday to a two-year deal, the team revealed. The deal, according to multiple reports, is worth $14 million and avoids a salary arbitration hearing for the American League Championship Series MVP and the World Series champions. The deal through 2025 is pending a physical. García was the only Rangers player eligible for salary arbitration who didn’t reach a deal before last month’s deadline. An arbitration hearing had been arranged for Thursday before the agreement was reached. The two-time All-Star slugger, who set an MLB postseason record with 22 RBIs last fall, had requested $6.9 million and […]

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February

08
Astros’ Jose Altuve gets to stay ‘home’ with contract extension

Ten months from free agency, Jose Altuve knew what he wanted. “Houston is my home,” he said. He achieved his goal to stay with the Astros, agreeing to a contract that will pay $125 million from 2025 to 2029, when he will be 39. “I have obviously two homes,” he said Wednesday at a news conference, a day after the deal was announced. “I grew up in Venezuela, my country. Every time I go there, I tell my wife, ‘Let’s go home.’ And then when it’s time to come back, I tell her, ‘Let’s come back home.'” An eight-time All-Star, two-time World Series […]

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January

22
Josh Hader, Astros agree to record five-year $95M deal

All-Star closer Josh Hader agreed to terms on a five-year, $95 million contract with the Houston Astros on Friday, significantly bolstering a team that has made seven successive appearances in the American League Championship Series, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal doesn’t include any deferrals, making it the largest ever for a relief pitcher in terms of present-day value. Edwin Diaz signed a five-year, $102 million deal with the New York Mets last offseason, but $26.5 million of it was deferred, giving it a present-day value in the neighborhood of $93 million. The Astros’ pickup of Hader comes on the heels of news that Kendall Graveman, one […]

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October

26
Astros manager Dusty Baker has said that he will retire

Dusty Baker has retired as manager of the Houston Astros, he told USA Today on Wednesday, ending an illustrious 26-year career as a big league skipper highlighted by a World Series win last season. “I’m very grateful and thankful to Jim Crane and the Houston Astros for giving me this opportunity, and to win a championship,” Baker, 74, told USA Today in an interview. “I felt like they’ve been good for me, and I’ve been good for them. “What I really appreciate is that Jim has been totally honest and transparent with me on all things.’ Baker’s decision comes two days after […]

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October

19
Astros win ALCS Game Three, Pull within One Game in Series

After dropping matches one and two to the Texas Rangers in Houston, the Astros headed to Arlington for game three needing a victory to give them a fighting opportunity to head back to the World Series, and they did just that. After not leading at any point through the first 19 innings of the series, the Astros got their first lead in the second inning thanks to a passed ball that brought Yordan Alvarez in from third base, and then on the very next pitch Martín Maldonado put Houston up 3-0 with a single through the left side of the […]

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October

12
Astros close out Twins, advance to ALCS vs. Rangers

The Battle of Texas is on. One day after the Texas Rangers locked down a spot in the American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros clinched their seventh successive ALCS bid with a 3-2 triumph over the Minnesota Twins to win their division series 3-1. The Astros relied on the formula that has brought them so much postseason success in recent years, including during their World Series championship last year: home runs and pitching. Jose Abreu, their prized free agent signing over the winter, hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to put the Astros ahead 3-1, and […]

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September

07
Jose Altuve continues HR barrage with 3 in first 3 innings at Texas

Jose Altuve homered in each of the first three innings Tuesday night, leading the Houston Astros’ explosive beginning in their rivalry clash with the Texas Rangers. The barrage gave Altuve homers in four consecutive plate appearances going back to Monday’s game and five homers in six plate appearances — the most in a two-game span in Astros history and tied for the most over two games in MLB history. He is the first player since at least 1961 (expansion era) to hit a home run in four consecutive innings, and the fourth to hit five home runs in six plate appearances, joining Manny […]

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August

03
Astros’ Framber Valdez throws no-hitter vs Guardians on 93 pitches

Framber Valdez was determined to improve this month after a subpar July where he posted a 7.29 ERA. On the first day of August he definitely did that. Valdez threw the 16th no-hitter in Houston Astros history in a 2-0 triumph over the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night. “The last couple of games I just wasn’t as focused as I could have been and I’ll be the first to admit that,” Valdez said in Spanish through a translator. “But today I just came very focused, very positive and just ready to leave it all out on the field.” Hours after the Astros reacquired ace Justin Verlander from the New […]

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May

05
Astros’ Jose Altuve resumes baseball activities, return not set

Jose Altuve restarted some baseball activities this week, but there still isn’t a timetable for when Houston’s star second baseman will return to the team. Altuve fractured his right thumb in the World Baseball Classic and had surgery to repair the injury March 22. After his surgery, Astros general manager Dana Brown stated he would be out at least eight weeks. It has been six weeks so far, and while Altuve was cleared to return to baseball activities this week — including throwing, running and fielding — he hasn’t been cleared to swing. “I think right now it’s hard to tell,” […]

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March

20
‘Double loss’: Venezuela deflated after Altuve injury, WBC exit

It not only was a deflating loss for Team Venezuela — being ousted from the World Baseball Classic by Team USA on Saturday night — but the Houston Astros also lost All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve for an undetermined period of time after he suffered a right-hand injury during an at-bat. Altuve exited the match in the fifth inning after being drilled by a 96 mph fastball by Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard. Venezuela overcame a first-inning, three-run deficit and then managed a four-run rally after Altuve’s injury, but all their efforts proved futile when an eighth-inning grand slam from Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner secured the Americans’ 9-7 triumph […]

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