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05-04

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What You Need to Know: Jake!
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Ian Frazer

04-27

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What You Need to Know: Nuts To Strasburg!
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Ian Frazer

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Baseball Happened, Will Continue To Happen
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Daniel Rathman

04-01

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Some Projection Left: The Moran Mystery
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Christopher Crawford

03-27

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Prospectus Feature: How the Astros do Spring Training
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Howard Megdal

03-18

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Every Team's Moneyball: Houston Astros: Luhnow Life Financial
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Zachary Levine

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings
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Chris Mosch

02-19

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Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First
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R.J. Anderson

02-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Major-League Relievers Signing Minor-League Deals
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R.J. Anderson

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: How Many Trades Would it Take to Makes Shields a Cub?
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Daniel Rathman

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Only Half Of These Rumors Concern Kevin Correia
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Daniel Rathman

01-26

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Daisy Cutter: (A)nother (S)eason (T)hreatening (R)ecords (O)f (S)trikeouts
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Sahadev Sharma

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: Papelbon Not Proven Closer To Milwaukee
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Chris Mosch

01-22

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Rumor Roundup: Jonathan Singleton Is Probably Not the Breakout Candidate You're Looking For
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Chris Mosch

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Colby Rasmus is the Astros
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R.J. Anderson

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Astros Get Evan
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jordan Gorosh and Jeff Moore

01-07

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Skewed Left: An Astro for the Ages
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Zachary Levine

01-06

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Ninety Percent Mental: Fortune Favors The Bold
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Lewie Pollis

01-06

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19

Moonshot: The Changing Hall of Fame Criteria
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Robert Arthur

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: League-Worst Bullpen No More
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R.J. Anderson

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: The Congering
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R.J. Anderson and Mauricio Rubio

10-31

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Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros
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Keith Cromer

10-01

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Transaction Analysis: Playing a Hinch
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R.J. Anderson

09-23

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Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
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Jeff Moore

09-09

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Baseball Therapy: Poisoned by Losing?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-08

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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

08-02

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The Call-Up: Mike Foltynewicz
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Jason Parks and Mauricio Rubio

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Astros, Marlins, Swap Sell-Low Guys
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Zachary Levine, Jeff Moore, J.P. Breen and Jason Parks

07-25

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Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel
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Chris Rodriguez

07-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 498: The Astros' Draft Postmortem
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-23

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2014 Draft
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Nick J. Faleris

07-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 494: Evan Drellich on the Astros' Aiken Pains
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

07-17

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Painting the Black: The Stealth Steals
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R.J. Anderson

07-14

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-03

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Jason Parks and Ron Shah

07-02

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The Call-Up: Domingo Santana
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

07-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 482: The Astros' Leaked Trade Talks
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-27

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Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off
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Doug Thorburn

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 480: The David Price Trading Game
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-05

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Skewed Left: The Economics of the Singleton Extension
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Zachary Levine

06-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Singleton
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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

06-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 462: The Singleton Extension and the Franchise Player Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Single's Going Steady
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R.J. Anderson

06-02

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Days Five and Six: Houston
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 457: Do the Astros Have a Perception Problem?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-22

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Skewed Left: Dallas Keuchel Defies his Destiny
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Zachary Levine

05-21

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 21, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

05-07

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Painting the Black: Rites of Springer
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R.J. Anderson

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January 26, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Papelbon Not Proven Closer To Milwaukee

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Chris Mosch

Trade talks with the Phillies have stalled, while Matt Dominguez faces new competition this year.

Papelbon-to-Milwaukee trade falls through
This offseason has signaled the start of a rebuild for the Phillies, who have gotten younger by trading away Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd for prospects. While Cole Hamels trade talks have stalled due to the high bar Ruben Amaro has set for a return package, the discussion of flipping Hamels for younger talent is at least being had and is likely to gain momentum around the trade deadline. The next logical piece to be moved would be Jonathan Papelbon, who has popped up in several trade rumors for over a year—most recently on Thursday night when Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reported that the Brewers were in serious discussions to acquire the closer from the Phillies.

However, trade talks hit a snag over the weekend according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, who writes that the two clubs have not even engaged in any talks regarding Papelbon since Thursday. Haudricourt writes that the Brewers want the Phillies to sweeten the pot financially in any potential deal for Papelbon, who is owed $13 million next season and reportedly would require any team on his no-trade list (which includes Milwaukee) to guarantee his $13 million vesting option for 2016.


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Singleton might be squeezed out of Houston's outfield, and Ryan Vogelsong might be squeezed into the Giants rotation.

Jonathan Singleton could be odd man out in Houston
The Astros outfield has been in a fluid state during the past week, with the club acquiring Evan Gattis from Atlanta, bidding farewell to Dexter Fowler and, on Tuesday, formally introducing Colby Rasmus as the latest addition to the club. Assuming the Astros are done swapping outfielders, Rasmus and George Springer are virtual locks to be penciled into the lineup come Opening Day, with the final outfield spot to be sorted out come spring training. However, general manager Jeff Luhnow tipped his hand at Tuesday’s press conference, indicating that Jake Marisnick stands to be the front-runner to receive the bulk of playing time at that spot.


“I got to say, based on how Jake did at the end of last year, he’s going to be strong consideration for a starting spot,” Luhnow said. “But you know, I think part of the theme of how we’re constructing the roster is there’s options at every position. … Based on what Jake did second half of last year with us, yeah, he deserves every opportunity to be a starting outfielder, and he’ll probably get (that opportunity).”



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January 22, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Colby Rasmus is the Astros

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R.J. Anderson

Houston signs a guy who'll strike out and hit some homers, the Rangers get a better backup catcher, and Kelly Johnson goes back to the other East.

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January 15, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Astros Get Evan

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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jordan Gorosh and Jeff Moore

The Astros get Evan Gattis from the Braves for three prospects.

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January 7, 2015 6:00 am

Skewed Left: An Astro for the Ages

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Zachary Levine

Craig Biggio is a well-deserving Hall of Famer and the first Astro to be enshrined, but it's odd that he may not even be the best player eligible for Cooperstown on his Astros teams.

Fifty-three years into a lifespan that’s included—to various degrees of infuriation—one decade of infantile ineptitude, two more of talent and teases, another of almost-excellence and a most recent of putridity, the Houston Astros have their first Hall-of-Famer.

Other Hall of Famers have played for the Astros – Nolan Ryan and Joe Morgan, who had significant time in Houston, did, as did some forgotten Astros and Colt .45s like Robin Roberts, Nellie Fox and now Randy Johnson—he of two months service.

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January 6, 2015 6:00 am

Ninety Percent Mental: Fortune Favors The Bold

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Lewie Pollis

Adding a win affects playoff odds by a higher magnitude than if a win is taken away. Why, and what does it mean for teams?

The first time you find yourself immersed in a group of sabermetricians is a magical experience. For me, it was the SABR Analytics Conference in March 2013. I have vivid memories of just about everything that happened that weekend: the roar of the crowd when the U.S. played Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, the patience of the numerous baseball luminaries who gave me the time of day even after talking to umpteen other kids, how lost I got on the first day when I assumed the streets of Phoenix were laid out in chronological order of the Presidents for which they were named.

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January 6, 2015 6:00 am

Moonshot: The Changing Hall of Fame Criteria

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Robert Arthur

In what direction are voting totals trending for marginal candidates, and are steroids actually to blame?

Every year, the Hall of Fame vote brings a great deal of vitriol to baseball. With each year’s ballot, we are confronted by the specter of the steroid era, always a sore subject. But even neglecting the steroid era candidates, the BBWAA voters manage to produce a handful of idiotic ballots, defended with harebrained rationales, sometimes leading to obvious omissions.

It would be easy to pin the Hall’s recent mismanagement solely on the steroid issue, but the problems do not stop there. There’s a clear backlog of players that’s been developing for more than ten years, leaving deserving stars (with no steroid evidence against them) like Tim Raines and Curt Schilling on the outside. The situation is especially dire for pitchers, where the voters seem to rely upon outdated benchmarks like 300 wins, which even the best modern pitchers simply cannot hope to reach. This failure is through no fault of their own—pitcher usage patterns and injuries have changed the game. Clinging to the old milestones has the effect of artificially increasing the standards for induction, so that only the most inner-circle, obvious Hall players can make it.

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December 16, 2014 12:04 am

Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon

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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

The Yankees re-sign Chase Headley, the Astros get a hitter to play shortstop, and Brett Anderson has incentives.

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December 11, 2014 12:45 am

Transaction Analysis: League-Worst Bullpen No More

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R.J. Anderson

The Astros pick up two relievers who should add some credibility to the team's late-inning efforts.

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November 7, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Congering

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R.J. Anderson and Mauricio Rubio

The Angels make a pair of trades to bolster their pitching staff; the Astros get a new pitch-framer who might make Jason Castro tradeable.



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October 31, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros

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Keith Cromer

After showing a 19-game improvement in 2014, the slowly rebuilding Astros boast several intriguing fantasy options.

The 2017 World Series champs? Well, that’s what one publication boldly predicted earlier this year. Maybe that prediction was based on all the previous BP staffers on the current Astros payroll, maybe not, but while a 2017 World Series appearance may seem like a stretch for a team that has averaged 104 losses the past four seasons, and has only appeared in one World Series in their 53-year team history, there is reason for optimism for Astros fans. The next wave of top prospects—Carlos Correa, Mark Appel, Colin Moran, among others—should arrive in Houston over the next couple of years to join an already young nucleus of talented players.

The Astros did lose 92 games last year, but on the flipside, they improved by 19 games in 2014 with their core of young players. They also accomplished that 19-game improvement despite having players lose 902 games to the DL and a bullpen that blew a league-leading 25 saves. They are a young team that does swing and miss a bunch, but it’s an exciting roster and one that could yield multiple fantasy contributors.

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October 1, 2014 5:21 am

Transaction Analysis: Playing a Hinch

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R.J. Anderson

The Astros hire a new manager, the Twins fire an old one.

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