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Astros’ Lance McCullers Jr. will miss World Series

McCullers, who missed the ALCS, won’t pitch again this postseason.

Astros place five players on COVID-19 injured list

Even with players being partially vaccinated, COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on baseball and sports in general.

Astros sign Lance McCullers Jr. to five-year, $85 million extension

While it looked like the Astros might be headed toward a semi-rebuild after 2021, they’ve now locked up another key piece for the long term.

Astros sign Yuli Gurriel to one-year contract extension with club option for 2022

Despite a rough 2020 season, Gurriel will be sticking around in Houston.

Astros’ Justin Verlander to undergo Tommy John surgery

The Astros’ ace finishes 2020 with just one start.

Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron suspended 20 games for role in brawl

The Astros’ hitting coach receives a hefty ban after instigating a brawl over the weekend.

Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch suspensions expire after 2020 even if season is canceled

Luhnow and Hinch could fare quite well if the 2020 season is unplayable

MLB hands down severe discipline for Astros’ sign-stealing scandal

A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow are being suspended for the season and the Astros will lose first and second-round picks in 2020 and ‘21.

Rob Manfred says Astros could face severe penalties for sign-stealing scandal

At least publicly, the commissioner says he believes the illegal sign-stealing issues are exclusive to the Astros.

Astros acquire Joe Biagini from Blue Jays, per report

The Astros add some extra bullpen depth just prior to the deadline.

Dodgers acquire Tyler White from Astros

The Dodgers add some infield depth and will hope that White can replicate his torrid August of 2018.

Astros’ Carlos Correa to miss 4-6 weeks with fractured rib

Injuries continue to build up for the two-time defending AL West champions.

Astros nearing two-year, $66 million extension with Justin Verlander, per report

Verlander looks like he’ll be the next player to be rewarded during the week of infinite extensions.

Astros’ Joe Smith to miss 6-8 months after tearing Achilles

The 12-year veteran will miss a solid chunk of the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles injury.

Astros in agreement with Michael Brantley on two-year, $32 million deal, per report

Brantley is one of baseball’s best hitters when healthy, but it’ll be interesting to see if he can stay on the field in Houston.

Orioles expected to hire Mike Elias as head of baseball operations, per report

Elias spent the last seven seasons helping shape the Astros into the dominant force they are today.

Making the cases for 2018 AL Cy Young award

Who has done the best job on the mound this season?

MLB trade rumors and news: J.T. Realmuto talks heating up after 8-10 teams talk with Marlins

Miami has ‘touched base’ with clubs on possible trade discussions for All-Star catcher

Making the cases for 2018 AL Gold Glove awards

Who has done the best job defensively at their respective positions this season?

Making the cases for 2018 AL Silver Slugger awards

Who has done the best job offensively at their respective positions this season?

MLB trade rumors and news: The managerial circus has begun

The World Series starts this week and we’ve got some big international signings to distract your from the lost Dinger Machine. Kris Jenner works hard but Derek Jeter works harder.

MLB trade rumors and news: Red Sox punch World Series ticket after knocking out Astros

Boston beats defending champs in 5 games and now awaits either Dodgers or Brewers.

Marlins acquire international signing pool money from Astros for two minor-leaguers

The Marlins’ pursuit of the Mesa brothers gets another boost.

Making the cases for 2018 AL Manager of the Year

Who has done the best job in leading their clubs this season?

Baseball needs to change how the playoffs work

With the Yankees on pace to win 100 games and be only a wild card in the AL, MLB has to look into fixing a flawed system when it comes to playoff qualifiers, playoff seedings and division winners

2018 MLB Trade Deadline Recap: AL West teams

A look back at what the Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners and Rangers did during the non-waiver deadline.

Astros acquire Martin Maldonado from Angels

With Brian McCann out until August, the Astros add a reigning Gold Glove winner from within the division.

MLB trade rumors and news: The Yankees state their case to land Manny Machado with ‘strong offer’

It is too early to call the Yankees the favorites, but their dialogue with the Orioles certainly means that they are at least strongly in the running.

Astros option Ken Giles to Triple-A

As he continues to battle through an unlucky 2018 season, Ken Giles will try to hit the reset button in Triple-A.

MLB trade rumors and news: Dodgers starting trade deadline season by acquiring pair of relievers from Reds

This move may lead to bigger deals for Los Angeles before July 31 deadline.

MLB trade rumors and news: Angels now need 3B help with Zack Cozart set for shoulder surgery

Halos more than likely to search for an upgrade on trade market.

MLB trade rumors and news: Phillies, Manny Machado speculation heats up after J.P. Crawford injury

Could Philadelphia land one of the best players in the game? That and more in today’s MLB trade rumors and news.