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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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February

02
Grizzlies sending Adams to Houston for Oladipo, picks

The Houston Rockets are getting Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams in a trade for guard Victor Oladipo and three second-round picks, sources told ESPN on Thursday. The Grizzlies get two 2024 second-round picks and a 2025 second-rounder in the trade, sources said. Adams, 30, has been out since January 2023 after undergoing right knee surgery, but he’s expected to be fully recovered for the 2024-25 season. The Rockets are eager to pair his physicality, rebounding and leadership as a backup to burgeoning star center Alperen Sengun. Coach Ime Udoka has placed a significant premium on upgrading the roster’s toughness and rebounding, and Adams gives the Rockets a player who […]

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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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January

08
Giannis urges slumping Bucks to fix issues over next 4 months

Alperen Sengun scored 21 points and the Houston Rockets overcame 48 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-108 on Saturday night. Antetokounmpo shot 16-of-25 from the field and added 17 rebounds in his seventh straight double-double. But the Bucks lost for the third time in four matches to start 2024 after going 11-2 in December. “We have to be better. We have to play better, we have to defend better, we have to trust one another better, we have to be coached better,” Antetokounmpo said. “Every single thing, everybody has to be better. It starts from the equipment manager — he has to wash […]

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December

01
Ryan Garcia accuses Golden Boy promoters of ‘backing’ opponent

Junior welterweight contender Ryan Garcia claimed at Thursday’s news conference that Hall of Fame fighters Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins, his promoters at Golden Boy, are “backing” his adversary, Oscar Duarte, to defeat him Saturday in Houston. Duarte (26-1-1, 21 KOs) is also promoted by Golden Boy, but it’s Garcia who is the star fighter and -425 favorite to win the fight, per ESPN BET. Garcia (23-1, 19 KOs) is coming off a seventh-round TKO defeat to Gervonta Davis in April in the biggest commercial event in boxing in years. “One thing that’s been on my heart is the statements […]

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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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October

10
After two weeks on the road, the Texas Rangers are headed home up 2-0

On the last day of the regular season, with the Texas Rangers trailing the Seattle Mariners 1-0, Marcus Semien came to the plate. Ahead of him to lead off the frame, Evan Carter, the phenom in his first month in the majors, had singled. Semien, representing the go-ahead run, couldn’t help but consider the stakes. “I hit a homer, I get to go home,” he thought to himself. He did not hit a homer. Instead, Semien struck out, and two batters later, the Rangers lost the game and lost the American League West to the Houston Astros. In the span of a few hours during which every team played Game […]

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