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  • Astros signings and transactions

    If a mod wants to put all the other threads I started into this one, s/he can.

  • #2
    Fulchino signs

    Righthanded reliever Jeff Fulchino, 29, whom the Astros claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, signed a one-year, $400,000 contract.

    Fulchino was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 12 appearances for the Royals last season.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...b/6265188.html

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    • #3
      Astros sign Nieve, agree to terms with some more

      Fernando Nieve, P Signed to a one-year contract
      Yordany Ramirez, OF Agreed to terms on a one-year contract
      Edwin Maysonet, IF Agreed to terms on a one-year contract
      Tyler Lumsden, SP Agreed to terms on a one-year contract
      Brad James, P Agreed to terms on a one-year contract

      http://netsports.baseball.com/merge/...ons.aspx?sc=AA

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      • #4
        Hall's contract voided

        Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports the Houston Astros will void the minor league contract of Toby Hall.

        Hall's shoulder requires surgery, which will keep him out of the game for nearly four months. The Astros had expected Hall to recover from his injury via rehab over a timeframe closer to one month.

        Presumably, Hall will re-enter the market once his health is firmly established. It's not a stretch to suggest some competitive team might need catching help in the middle of the 2009 season, so Hall may find a job yet.

        As for the Astros, their catcher competition going forward consists of a battle for two spots between Humberto Quintero, J.R. Towles, and Rule 5 pick Lou Palmisano.

        http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

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        • #5
          HOUSTON ASTROS-Agreed to terms with RHP Alberto Arias on a one-year contract.

          http://www.google.com/hostednews/can...pOyvggRENg0c_w

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          • #6
            9:49am: Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have renewed Hunter Pence's contract. He'll earn $450K in '09.

            http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pagethree.html

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            • #7
              Placed on restricted list: OF Jacob Priday

              http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=2386

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              • #8
                Astros sign Musser

                The Astros signed lefthander Neal Musser, who began the spring on Kansas City’s 40-man roster, to a minor league contract. He passed a physical Thursday morning and threw a bullpen session with the Astros.

                Musser, who was designated for assignment Feb. 19 and released Feb. 27, spent most of last year at Class AAA Omaha, going 2-5 with a 4.45 ERA in 36 games. He appeared in one game for the Royals, throwing a scoreless inning Sept. 28 against Minnesota.

                http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...b/6296566.html

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                • #9
                  Reassigned C Jason Castro, C Brian Esposito and RHP Sergio Perez to Minor League camp. Optioned RHP Brad James to Triple-A Round Rock.

                  http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/transactions/

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                  • #10
                    According to Ed Price of Fanhouse, the Astros placed pitcher Fernando Nieve on waivers this week. Nieve is out of options, so the only way the Astros can send him to the minors is if no one claims him.

                    Nieve, 26, spent most of '08 at Triple A. He posted a 5.72 ERA in 72.3 innings there but did average 92.5 on this fastball in his Major League stint. He had Tommy John surgery in May of 2007.

                    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

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                    • #11
                      Optioned RHP Samuel Gervacio, LHPs Tyler Lumsden and Polin Trinidad, OF Yordany Ramirez and INF Drew Sutton to Triple-A Round Rock. Reassigned non-roster INF Mark Saccomanno to Minor League camp.

                      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/transactions/

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                      • #12
                        Houston Astros
                        Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Brad James

                        http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=2659

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                        • #13
                          LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Astros optioned right-hander Felipe Paulino to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday morning prior to their game with the Tigers.

                          Paulino was in the mix for the fifth starter's job, but a subpar performance over three games (one start) ultimately eliminated him from competition. He allowed seven earned runs over five innings for a 12.50 ERA.

                          In his lone start, on March 9 at Washington, he allowed six runs on seven hits over two innings.

                          "He just needs innings," manager Cecil Cooper said. "That's what Paulino needs more than anything else -- innings. You miss a whole year [with an injury], you need innings. He's going to start, and just get innings."

                          The fifth-starter job is down to two candidates -- Russ Ortiz and Jose Capellan, both of whom will likely receive regular starts for the remainder of the spring. With innings at a premium this time of year, Paulino's best route to preparing for the season is in Minor League camp.

                          "Other guys are getting stretched out here, and innings are coming a little more difficult to get," Cooper said. "He'll go [to Round Rock], get in routine and get his regular starts in on a regular basis. At some point, we're going to need him. That's what we told him -- go over there, continue to work and get innings."

                          The Astros also revealed that outfielder Jason Michaels will be limited to pinch-hitting for "a few days" due to discomfort in his left hamstring. Michaels has been fighting this injury for more than a week.

                          "It's something they don't want to linger during the season," Michaels said. "I've never had hamstring problems before so it's not like I'm prone to it. This is all new to me."

                          Cooper's goal is to keep Michaels sharp at the plate during his time away from the defensive side of his game.

                          "I'm told by the weekend, he'll be fine and ready to go," Cooper said. "He's just going to pinch-hit and we've still got 18 games or so. We've got time. He'll continue to get his at-bats.

                          "We want to limit things as much as possible. If he got three or four at-bats and all of sudden he's on base three times, that might not be good. We'll give him one shot to run the bases. If he gets a hit, maybe I might pinch-run for him. But I need to have him swinging the bat."

                          In other injury news, Alberto Arias, who took a line drive off his right hand during an appearance against the Yankees on Saturday, was scheduled to throw a light bullpen on Tuesday.

                          http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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                          • #14
                            Cuts

                            KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros made another round of cuts on Sunday morning, reassigning five veteran non-roster players to Minor League camp -- right-handers Clay Hensley and Danny Graves, lefty Neal Musser and infielders Matt Kata and John Gall.

                            General manager Ed Wade granted Graves permission to talk to other teams about possible openings on their Major League rosters. Graves had heard that the Padres are in need of veteran relievers, but he has no idea at this time if anything will come of that.

                            "I don't know if that's an option," said Graves, who has until Tuesday to accept the Astros' Minor League assignment. "I'm not really sure what I want to do yet. Coming into camp, this was the team I wanted to play for, and if it didn't work out here, then I felt like it was time for me to go home."

                            Graves had a 6.43 ERA over seven appearances, but all of his earned runs were given up across two outings. He yielded three runs in his first outing and three in his last, but in the five in between, he gave up just one run, which was unearned.

                            Innings run thin this time of the spring, when starters begin to pitch into the fifth and sixth, leaving few for the remainder of the relievers. As disappointing as it is not to make the team out of Spring Training, demotions also mean increased playing time, which is a welcome element for pitchers trying to get ready for the season.

                            Hensley will prepare to be a starter, but because he's versatile enough to pitch out of the 'pen as well, it's likely he'll be one of the first considered for a promotion if the Astros have a need this season.

                            "I need to get started getting stretched back out," Hensley said. "It was pretty good timing. You have to keep pitching. The last couple of weeks, the innings started going to the starters, which is normal. I need to start pitching."

                            Hensley allowed 10 earned runs over 7 2/3 innings spanning four games.

                            Musser didn't join the team until a couple of weeks ago, after he was designated for assignment by the Royals. Playing time was scarce, and in that respect, Musser, who made two appearances, wasn't caught off guard by his demotion.

                            "It's a tough part of the year to come in," Musser said. "They're already playing games -- there weren't a lot of innings to be had. Hopefully, I showed something that they liked, and I'll get another opportunity."

                            Gall and Kata were in the running for the utility-infielder job, but that competition is down to two: Edwin Maysonet and Jason Smith.

                            Kata hit .231 (6-for-26) over 13 games, and Gall hit .375 (9-for-24) in 16 games.

                            "I felt pretty good about my at-bats and my performance here," Gall said. "I've actually never had really good Spring Trainings. The last three years, [when] I was on the Cardinals' roster, I wish I would have hit the ball as well as I did this year. When you come in as a non-roster guy, you don't know what the situation is going to be.

                            "I've been playing for a long time, and I know what people think is going to happen in March isn't going to happen all year. I know I'm not in the grand plans, but I also know things change."

                            Kata also is optimistic that he'll be considered for a promotion should there be a need during the season.

                            "I feel I had quality at-bats during the spring," Kata said. "It was a situation where you just get outplayed. Guys stood out more than I did. When you're battling for a spot, you have to do something to stand out. I've done it before, been that guy. I think that's the situation where you just have to come and make an explosion, and I just didn't do it."

                            Manager Cecil Cooper commended both Kata and Gall for their professionalism and surmised that he hasn't seen the last of either one -- or any of the five, for that matter.

                            "Most of the time, your veteran guys are going to get a call during the summer at some point," Cooper said. "That's what you do. You see these guys in camp and you can tell what they can do so that you get familiar with them. Down the road, you might need them."

                            http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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                            • #15
                              The Padres might be desperate for bullpen help, especially after losing Worrell for the season, but they can't be Danny Graves desperate, can they?
                              "You have probably heard that I use my scorecard to convey information. Since our opponents know this, they keep a close watch on every movement I make with my scorecard, but this is fortified with many other devices."

                              -Connie Mack

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