Jake Marisnick, an outfield defensive replacement who hit .233 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs for the Astros last season, has been traded to the Mets for prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona.
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Jake Marisnick is headed to the Mets, sources confirm to ESPN. Two prospects will head back to the Astros. Neither is considered big name. @Ken_Rosenthal had Marisnick going to New York.
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The Twins announced plans Wed. to increase the length & height of Target Field's safety netting, becoming the 14th team to install or commit to extensions since a toddler's 5/29 head injury on a foul liner in Houston. They join the Astros, Braves, Brewers, Chisox, D-backs, Dodgers, Jays, Nats, O's, Phils, Pirates, Rangers & Royals.
With the MLB Hot Stove already cookin', Buster and Bob Nightengale discuss possible landing spots for the biggest names left in free agency. Plus, a special offseason "Hembo Knows" (22:13) and some Bleacher Tweets with a Texas twist (33:21).
Kris Bryant to Cincy? Anthony Rendon on the Rangers? We dream up a major hot stove splash for every squad.
Yankees officials were set to meet with top free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole in California on Tuesday, and are expected to meet with Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
Reliever Joe Biagini agreed Monday to a $1 million, one-year deal with the AL champion Houston Astros, who declined to offer a contract to starter Aaron Sanchez and allowed the former All-Star to become a free agent.
Catcher Dustin Garneau is guaranteed just $100,000 as part of his one-year contract with the Houston Astros.
With Robinson Chirinos and Martín Maldonado off to free agency, the Houston Astros began an offseason catching rebuild, signing Dustin Garneau as a backup.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers went on the record to accuse the Astros of stealing signs during their...
Major League Baseball officials investigating whether the Astros have cheated the past three seasons by electronically stealing signs have been speaking with players associated with the team about alleged techniques, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
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52% of respondents to a Seton Hall Sports Poll this week said the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 world title if found guilty of electronic sign-stealing that year — 35% disagreed & 14% said they don't know or have no opinion. As to whether other MLB teams engage in such stealing, 69% of the people polled said they think so & 13% disagreed.
Eve Rosenbaum is leaving the Astros' front office to join the Orioles as director of baseball development.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said the MLB will investigate the Astros for alleged sign stealing "as thoroughly as humanly possible," and the investigation will encompass 2017 through 2019.
Astros owner Jim Crane, when asked to comment on MLB's investigation into sign stealing, said he'd only talk about baseball and declined comment on the probe.
If you could have one thing you really wanted for your favorite team, what would you be willing to give up?
Major League Baseball has promised a thorough investigation into the Astros' stealing of pitching signs during their 2017 championship run, using a live video feed and...trash cans. At the owners meetings, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said there is no reason to expand the case to other teams at this time. But the scandal has raised big questions, and could change the game itself. ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan explores tough decisions for the league going forward.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said penalties for sign-stealing could be "broader" than just a fine and the docking of draft picks, and that he wants the investigation to be done "before we start playing baseball again."
Just weeks after losing the World Series, the Astros find themselves in trouble again. Mark Teixeira tells Buster how he thinks Rob Manfred should handle the situation and if he was surprised when this story first surfaced last week (28:10). But before that, Tim Kurkjian and Buster talk about Derek Jeter and if his career warrants a unanimous Hall of Fame selection (5:53). Plus, will this be the year that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens get in?
Stealing signs has been part of baseball since signs existed. The spycraft is generally accepted so long as the efforts are not aided electronically.
Yuli Gurriel has agreed to a new deal with the Astros that gives him a $300,000 raise from his scheduled salary for next season and preserves his free-agency eligibility after the 2020 campaign.
An Astros front-office executive emailed scouts and asked them to spy on opponents' dugouts leading up to the 2017 postseason, sources familiar with the request told ESPN.
The commissioner has punished teams and executives in the past, but it hasn't deterred clubs from finding new ways to bend or break the rules.