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Astros Hot Stove

Analysis of new Astros McCann, Reddick, Morton, and Aoki

The Astros had a busy week, acquiring four major league veterans to complement an already strong core.

Astros sign Josh Reddick to 4-year, $52 million contract, per report

Houston is making moves.

Astros acquire catcher Brian McCann for two prospects

Carlos Gomez one year, now Brian McCann the next. The unwritten rules of baseball come to the Astros clubhouse.

Starting Nine: Astros’ free agency

The TCB staff puts on their GM caps.

MLB GM Meetings: Astros linked to Miguel Cabrera and Brian McCann

Wait, Jeff Luhnow is talking about trades? Word?

What to do with Chris Devenski?

Chris Devenski is a valuable player, for a number of reasons. How best can the Astros use him, though?

Astros abstain from qualifying offers

Valbuena, Castro, Fister and Rasmus now outright free agents.

Astros claim outfielder Nori Aoki off waivers

Off season comes at you fast.

On The Astros: A Cespedes For The Best Of Us

Will the Astros pursue Yoenis Cespedes? Should they?

On The Astros: Envisioning Edwin Encarnacion

Jason and Brian debate the pros and cons of targeting the soon-to-be Free Agent Slugger

TCB Offseason Orbit (Vol. 2)

Discussing Minor Leaguers to watch, the Front Office, Free Agency, Firemen, A.J. Reed, and more!

TCB Offseason Orbit (Vol. 1)

Discussing the infield logjam, Lance McCullers’ health, Jason Castro’s free agency, Orlando Miller, and more!

Astros Offseason Mailbag: Submit Your Questions!

Consider this a call to arms, TCB'ers! We need your Astros-centric questions for our weekly Offseason Mailbag, "TCB Offseason Orbit". Submit yours today!

Astros batting plan for the 2016-2017 off-season

CRPerry13 and Idrees Tily conclude their conversation about the Astros’ off-season plans, if the authors had their way. Trade for an outfielder, or perhaps a free agent catcher?

Astros pitching plan for the 2016-2017 off-season

The Astros have a winning record but are a long shot to reach the 2016 playoffs. How soon is too soon to look ahead to the off-season? NEVER. Because it’s fun.

A bit about new Astros C Erik Kratz

The Astros acquired catcher Erik Kratz in trade yesterday. But why?

Astros ink Neal Cotts to minors contract

The Astros made a small move to bolster their relief depth.

For Astros' McCracken, Elias, Change Is Good

Mike Elias and Quinton McCracken sat down to discuss some ways their roles with the Astros are changing - and, hopefully, some other ways their jobs will stay the same.

Astros Prez. Reid Ryan enthusiastic about 2016

Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan sat down for a chat about the impact a successful 2015 had on the organization as it looks ahead to 2016.

The Astros 2019 roster and the Free Agent market

Much ado about Free Agents: why the Astros shouldn't play high-stakes poker in the FA market, and what their 2019 payroll might look like if they only extend their own players.

Astros should avoid signing Cespedes

The Astros have been linked to Yoenis Cespedes. The Astros should walk away.

Astros, Valbuena settle at $6.125 million

One down, five to go. The Astros and third baseman Luis Valbuena have sorted out their monetary differences.

Astros trade rumors: Houston checks on Ender Inciarte

Houston already has a logjam in the outfield, inquired about Braves' Ender Inciarte.

Starting Nine: Astros Ken Giles trade (redux)

The Crawfish Boxes reacts to the Astros' official trade sending Ken Giles from Philadelphia to Houston.

Astros Giles trade is a bigger deal than you think

Research by Baseball Prospectus writer Russell Carlton shows that the value of a bullpen ace far exceeds the value of a "merely" excellent reliever, and that value extends beyond just the ninth-inning closer.

Astros' farm system reaps benefits, is still deep

The Astros have lost more than ten noteworthy prospects to trades or Rule 5 during the past calendar year. But the system just keeps churning out more.

Thoughts on Astros Ken Giles, Mark Appel Trade

The Astros finally traded for reliever Ken Giles. And there are many interesting thoughts to be had about this trade.

Ken Giles Trade Official: Mark Appel Included

As the Ken Giles trade is made official, we learn that former first-overall pick Mark Appel is among the players going to Philadelphia for the talented young closer.

Astros select one player in the Rule 5 Draft; lose none

Houston selects pitcher in the Triple A phase of Rule 5 Draft

First look at Ken Giles in a Astros uniform

Not bad. Giles really does look like Brad Lidge at times.

Astros Trade Analysis: Ken Giles

The biggest move of the offseason so far for the Astros, broken down by a (humbled) TCB writer

Sipp Returns to Astros

Astros solved a major question mark--the lefty in the pen--by re-signing Sipp.

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