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Astros' Ty Buttrey: Inks minors deal with Houston
Buttrey signed a minor-league contract with the Astros on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
The 29-year-old reliever spent all of last season at Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization, posting a 5.94 ERA and 1.69 WHIP through 36.1 frames. Buttrey hasn't been particularly effective in the majors since 2019, so he could be destined for another season in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Alex Bregman: Finger healing well
Bregman's broken left index finger has healed well, and he's been able to swing since the start of January, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bregman broke his finger in the penultimate inning of last season, suffering the injury on a slide into second base in the eighth frame of Game 6 of the World Series. The injury could hardly have been better timed, as he was able to remain in the game and then had the maximum possible time to heal. It will be worth verifying that he does indeed look fully healthy once spring games begin, but he certainly appears to be on track.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Pedro Leon: Undergoes sports hernia surgery
Leon underwent sports hernia surgery Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Leon is expected to be sidelined for approximately 6-to-8 weeks following the procedure, and he'll be unable to attend major-league spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 24-year-old showed improvement at Triple-A Sugar Land last year, slashing .228/.365/.431 with 17 homers, 71 runs, 63 RBI and 38 stolen bases, and he'll likely be in the mix to make his big-league debut at some point in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Camilo Diaz: Signs for seven figures
Diaz signed with the Astros on Sunday for $2.25 million, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
A 6-foot-1 shortstop from the Dominican Republic, Diaz has a well-rounded skill set with a chance to develop a strong hit tool with 20-plus homer power. He is expected to eventually move to third base, so his right-handed hitting will need to live up to expectations.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Framber Valdez: Agrees to terms for 2023
Valdez signed a one-year, $6.8 million contract with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Coming off the heels of a 2.82 ERA, 1.16 WHIP season, Valdez earned himself a $3.8 million pay raise from last year after playing a big part in the Astros' title run. The 29-year-old southpaw has never been known to rack up strikeouts like other aces, though it's hard to argue with the results he's produced over the past few years.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Mauricio Dubon: Avoids arbitration with Houston
Dubon agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Astros on Friday to avoid arbitration, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Dubon made his big-league debut in 2019 and is now in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old appeared in 83 games for the Astros last year and had a .208/.254/.294 slash line, and he should fill a utility role in 2023, assuming he makes the Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Phil Maton: Reaches deal for 2023
Maton (hand) agreed to a one-year, $2.55 million contract with the Astros on Friday to avoid arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maton was a solid reliever for the Astros last year with a 3.84 ERA across 67 appearances, though he missed the entirety of the postseason after he punched a locker and fractured his hand at the end of the regular season. Assuming he's fully recovered for Opening Day, the right-hander should see some high-leverage work in front of closer Ryan Pressly and top setup man Rafael Montero.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Ryne Stanek: Avoids arbitration
Stanek signed a one-year, $3.6 million contract with Houston on Friday to avoid arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
In his final year of arbitration eligibility, Stanek receives a healthy raise from his $2.1 million salary last season. The 31-year-old reliever was impressive out of the bullpen in 2022, posting a miniscule 1.15 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 54.2 innings with 17 holds.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jose Urquidy: Settles with Houston
Urquidy agreed to a one-year, $3.025 million contract with the Astros on Friday to avoid arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It's the first year of arbitration eligibility for Urquidy, and he's coming off a 2022 campaign during which he had a 3.94 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 134:38 K:BB over 164.1 innings. The 27-year-old will open 2023 with a firm spot at the back end of Houston's starting rotation following the departure of Justin Verlander in free agency.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Blake Taylor: Avoids arbitration
Taylor and the Astros agreed on a one-year, $830,000 contract Friday to avoid arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The left-handed reliever appeared in 19 games with the Astros last season, producing a 3.94 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with 19 strikeouts over 16 innings pitched. Taylor will likely remain a middle relief option for Houston in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Bligh Madris: Traded to Astros
Madris was acquired by the Astros from Detroit on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.
Roughly two weeks after being DFA'd by Detroit, Madris will now join the Astros' 40-man roster. The 26-year-old outfielder got his first taste of MLB action last season, though he posted just a .509 OPS through 123 plate appearances. Considering the outfield talent Houston already has at the MLB level, Madris will likely start the 2023 season in Triple-A and serve as organizational depth.... See More ... See Less
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