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 Latest Houston Astros Player Notes:

Dec 15 2017 - Hector Rondon
  RHP Hector Rondon agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Astros, the team announced Friday. Though terms of the deal were not announced, the 29-year-old Rondon was expected to command in the neighborhood of $4.5 million to $5 million annually, according to the Houston Chronicle. Rondon, 29, spent his five seasons in the major leagues as a member of the Chicago Cubs' bullpen, where he posted an 18-13 record with a 3.22 ERA over 296 1/3 innings, and 77 saves and 303 strikeouts.

Dec 14 2017 - Joe Smith
  RHP Joe Smith signed with the Astros to a a two-year deal. Financial terms weren't announced. Smith, 33, was a combined 3-0 with one save and a 3.33 ERA in 59 appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians last season. He signed with Toronto as a free agent in February and was dealt to Cleveland on July 31. In 2017, he allowed a .229 batting average and made four scoreless appearances in Cleveland's five-game loss to the Yankees in the American League Division Series.

Dec 3 2017 - Dallas Keuchel
  LHP Dallas Keuchel sustained a "minor (left) foot sprain" during the Astros' World Series championship parade, according to reports. TMZ Sports was first to report Keuchel's injury. The Astros confirmed the injury to the Houston Chronicle. Keuchel, who was seen wearing a walking boot, told TMZ he slipped during the celebration. The Chronicle reports Keuchel is expected to be ready for spring training in the middle of February.

Nov 16 2017 - Jose Altuve
  2B Jose Altuve was named American League MVP, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Thursday. The 5-foot-6 Altuve claimed 27 of 30 first-place votes for 405 points to beat AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. He matched Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (1950) and Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz (1952) as the shortest players to win the award. "I don't know what to say," Altuve said. "I wasn't expecting this. This is great."

Nov 6 2017 - Jose Altuve
  2B Jose Altuve is expected to be Houston's first MVP winner since Jeff Bagwell in the strike-shortened 1994 season. The 5-foot-6 Altuve led the majors with a .346 batting average and to go along with 24 homers and 81 RBIs in 153 games. The other AL MVP finalists are Yankees RF Aaron Judge and Indians INF Jose Ramirez.

Nov 3 2017 - Marwin Gonzalez
  INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez had his $5.125 million contract option for the 2018 season picked up by the Houston Astros.

Nov 3 2017 - Jose Altuve
  2B Jose Altuve had his $6 million contract option picked up by the Houston Astros.

Nov 2 2017 - Lance McCullers
  RHP Lance McCullers drove in a run in the second inning on a ground out. He became the first pitcher to drive in a run in a World Series gave since the Gants' Barry Zito in Game 1 of the 2012 Fall Classic. He is the first AL pitcher with an RBI since the Yankees' Andy Pettitte in 2009.

Nov 2 2017 - George Springer
  CF George Springer tied a record with his fifth World Series home run. He joins Reggie Jackson (1977) and Chase Utley (2009) as the only players to hit five home runs in a single World Series. Springer also became the first player to hit a home run in four consecutive games of the same World Series. He was named the World Series MVP.

Nov 2 2017 - Carlos Correa
  SS Carlos Correa finished the World Series with eight hits, second most on the club to the 11 from CF George Springer. Correa's 15 total bases were also tied for second most with 1B Yuli Gurriel. Springer led that category too with 29 total bases, easily eclipsing the previous World Series record of 25 shared by Reggie Jackson and Willie Stargell. Correa proposed to his girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez, live on television afterward.

Nov 2 2017 - Charlie Morton
  RHP Charlie Morton was given the victory in Game 7 after finishing off the Dodgers over the final four innings. The victory was handed out at the official scorekeeper's discretion after RHP Lance McCullers did not go the necessary five innings to qualify for the victory himself. Morton pitched 10 1/3 innings in the World Series, giving up two runs.

Nov 1 2017 - Yulieski Gurriel
  1B Yuli Gurriel delivered a single in four at-bats during the Game 6 loss to the Dodgers, giving him 21 hits in the postseason. It extends his record for a Cuban-born player in any single postseason. Gurriel was booed heavily in Game 6 at Dodger Stadium after making a racist gesture in the dugout during Game 3 at Houston.

Nov 1 2017 - Justin Verlander
  RHP Justin Verlander recorded nine strikeouts in the Game 6 loss to the Dodgers, giving him 38 in the 2017 postseason, ninth most all time. He now has 150 career strikeouts in the postseason, fourth best all time behind John Smoltz (199), Andt Pettitte (183) and Roger Clemens (173). On Tuesday, Verlander passed Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina on the list.

Nov 1 2017 - George Springer
  OF George Springer went deep in the Game 6 loss to the Dodgers, hitting his fourth home run of the World Series, while also recording an extra-base hit in five consecutive games in the Fall Classic. Only two players have hit five home runs in a single World Series: Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Chase Utley in 2009.

Oct 30 2017 - Carlos Correa
  SS Carlos Correa has 14 RBIs this postseason, which is tied for the most in a single postseason in Astros history. Lance Berkman drove in 14 runs during the 2005 postseason one year after Carlos Beltran collected 14 playoff RBIs. Correa now has 18 career postseason RBIs, which is tied with Morgan Ensberg for second in Astros history, trailing only Berkman (26). Correa now has 10 extra-base hits this postseason, which is the second most in Astros history for a single postseason, trailing only Beltran (11 in 2004).

Oct 30 2017 - Dallas Keuchel
  LHP Dallas Keuchel lasted just 3 2/3 innings of World Series Game 5, permitting four runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The outing was his shortest in any postseason start (previously 4 2/3 innings in 2017 American League Championship Series Game 5), and the fifth-shortest outing of his entire career.

Oct 30 2017 - Jose Altuve
  2B Jose Altuve became the eighth player in history to reach seven homers during a single postseason, joining Carlos Beltran (eight in 2004), Barry Bonds (eight in 2002), Nelson Cruz (eight in 2011), Troy Glaus (2002), Daniel Murphy (2015), Melvin Upton Jr. (2008) and Jayson Werth (2009). Altuve now has 22 hits this postseason, a franchise record for a single postseason. He surpassed Carlos Beltran, who had 20 hits in the 2004 postseason.

Oct 30 2017 - Yulieski Gurriel
  1B Yuli Gurriel finished 2-for-5 with a double and a three-run home run in Game 5 of the World Series. He has recorded 10 extra-base hits this postseason, a major league record for most extra-base hits by a rookie in a single postseason. He produced his fifth extra-base hit of the World Series, tying a major league record for most extra-base hits in a single World Series by a rookie. He shares the mark with Jim Gilliam (1953), Charlie Keller (1939) and Pepper Martin (1931).

Oct 29 2017 - Charlie Morton
  RHP Charlie Morton became just the second pitcher in club postseason history to toss at least 6 1/3 innings allowing no more than one run with no walks and at least seven strikeouts on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series. RHP Brandon Backe hurled seven scoreless innings with no walks and seven strikeouts in Game 4 of the 2005 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Morton authored the 15th such performance in World Series history.

Oct 29 2017 - George Springer
  CF George Springer clubbed a home run in the sixth inning in Game 4 on Saturday night and now has five hits in the series, trying Lance Berkman and Willie Tavares for the most by an Astros hitter in the World Series. With two home runs, Springer is the first player in club history with multiple homers in the World Series and the first with four extra-base hits in the Fall Classic.

Oct 29 2017 - Alex Bregman
  3B Alex Bregman hit his fourth home run of the postseason on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series, a solo shot off Dodgers RHP Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning. He became the fifth player age 23 or younger to hit four-plus homers in a postseason. Bregman is also the sixth player in history with an RBI in each of his four World Series games.

Oct 29 2017 - Ken Giles
  RHP Ken Giles failed to get an out in the ninth inning of Game 4 in the World Series on Saturday night, allowing three runs, two hits and a walk. After posting 34 saves during the regular season and saving the clincher of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, Giles has allowed at least one run in six of seven appearances this postseason.

Oct 28 2017 - Yulieski Gurriel
  1B Yuli Gurriel of the Astros is eligible to play in the remainder of the World Series but will be suspended for five games next season, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced Saturday. After hitting a home run in the second inning of Friday's Game 3 off Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, Gurriel was seen in the Astros' dugout using his fingers to motion at his own eyes in a mocking gesture. The 33-year-old also appeared to mouth a derogatory term in Spanish. Gurriel is a native of Cuba who played for the Yokohama DeNA Baystars of the Japanese Central League in 2014. Darvish is of Japanese and Iranian descent.

Oct 28 2017 - Brian McCann
  C Brian McCann finished 3-for-4 with an RBI single on Friday in the World Series, setting a postseason high for hits in a game. McCann joins Brad Ausmus (Game 6 of the 2005 National League Championship Series) as the only catchers in club history with three hits in a postseason game.

Oct 28 2017 - Alex Bregman
  3B Alex Bregman became the first player since Allen Craig in 2011 to get an RBI in each of his first three World Series games. Bregman finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice fly on Friday, and is the third major leaguer age 23 or younger with an RBI in each of his first three World Series games, joining Ben Chapman (four games, 1932) and Hall of Famer Joe Gordon (1938).