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Shortly after the MLB hammered the Astros with severe penalties for their role in illegally stealing signs in 2017, Houston has fired both manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow Monday. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston decided to move on from Hinch and Luhnow after the team was caught illegally stealing signals in 2017. Both were suspended for 2020, but owner Jim Crane decided to clean house after the team was heavily penalized on Monday. Houston will search for a new manager and GM during an tumultuous offseason.

Austin Pruitt traded to Astros

Fri, Jan 10th 8:57am EST
By Rob Ingalsbe

The Astros acquired Austin Pruitt from the Rays on Thursday night in a three-player trade made to bolster their rotation. Houston sent a pair of Minor Leaguers, right-hander Peyton Battenfield and outfielder Cal Stevenson, to Tampa Bay in the deal. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Pruitt will be competing for a spot in the Astros' 2020 rotation with a group behind Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke and Lance McCullers Jr. That group includes José Urquidy, Brad Peacock, Framber Valdez, Josh James and prospects Forrest Whitley and Cristian Javier. His 2019 season included a 4.40 ERA over 14 games (two starts) for the Rays.

Category: Transactions

Astros GM Jeff Lunhow says Lance McCullers (elbow) won't have any restrictions during spring training. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCullers missed the entire 2019 season following Tommy John surgery. He could skyrocket up draft boards if he shows he's healthy come February and March.

Category: Injury Updates

Josh Reddick recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder AC joint. (Source: Jake Kaplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reddick struggled mightily down the stretch and perhaps this is why. The good news is he's fully expected to be ready for spring training. Reddick will be a free agent following the 2020 season.

Category: Injury Updates

The Houston Astros and Yuli Gurriel have agreed to a one-year, $8.3 million contract. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He would have gone to arbitration had he not landed the guaranteed deal. Additionally, he has the right to declare free agency after this season. The 35-year-old was fantastic in 2019, batting .298 with 35 homers, 104 RBI, and an .884 OPS.

Category: Transactions

The BBWAA announced Monday that Yordan Alvarez is the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year. (Source: BBWAA on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez received all 30 first place votes. The 22-year-old didn't make his big league debut until June but was simply incredible upon arriving. In 87 games Alvarez batted .313 with 27 homers and a 1.067 OPS. He'll surely be an early-round fantasy selection come Spring 2020.

Will Harris notches fourth save

Sun, Sep 29th 10:16pm EDT
By Brad Camara

Will Harris pitched one-third of an inning to record his fourth save in an 8-5 win over the Angels on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The Astros called upon Harris with two outs in the ninth inning and an inherited runner, but he quickly slammed the door with a line-out. He finished the season with a 4-1 record and a 1.50 ERA in 60 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz served as a part-time infielder for the Astros after being acquired via trade from the Blue Jays. He finished the 2019 season slashing .271/.356/.467 with nine home runs, 40 RBI, 36 runs scored and two stolen bases in 247 plate appearances this season.

Category: Game Recaps

George Springer went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Springer missed 40 games due to injuries this year, but still had another productive season at the dish. He finished the 2019 campaign slashing .292/.383/.591 with 39 home runs, 96 RBI, 96 runs scored and six stolen bases in 556 plate appearances.

Category: Game Recaps

Gerrit Cole (20-5) gave up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 through five innings in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Angels. He picked up his 20th win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Cole became the first pitcher in MLB history to record nine straight double-digit strikeout games after this performance. He is one of favorites to win the AL CY Young Award along with teammate Justin Verlander. Cole finished the 2019 campaign with a 2.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP with 326 strikeouts in 212 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Despite missing some time earlier in the season, Altuve is having one of the best campaigns in his career. He is slashing .298/.353/.549 with 31 home runs, 73 RBI, 89 runs scored and six stolen bases in 123 games this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Carlos Correa (back) will participate in workouts over the next week to determine his availability for the American League Division Series. (Source: Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle )

Fantasy Impact: "We're going to have to see him do a lot of stuff between now and next Friday," Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "He's going to have to ramp up his activity each day and give us comfort that he's ready to play. If he's not ready to play, he (could) be on the roster and not play. But, most likely, we'd have to use that roster spot for someone else." The Astros will schedule workouts Wednesday and Thursday before the ALDS opens Friday, October 4th.

Category: Injury Updates

Roberto Osuna allowed one hit and zero walks while striking out one through a scoreless inning to earn the save in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Angels. He earned his 38th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Osuna moved into sole possession of the AL lead in the category (Aroldis Chapman has 37). He has proven to be one of the best closers in the game. Osuna owns a 2.63 ERA, 0.88 WHIP with 73 strikeouts in 65 innings this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Jose Urquidy (2-1) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out two through six scoreless innings in Friday’s 4-0 win over the Angels. He earned his second win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Urquidy has allowed only three runs over his last 18 innings. He finishes the regular season with a 3.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 40:7 K:BB in 41 innings this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Alex Bregman went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday’s 4-0 win over the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Bregman is now up to 41 homers of the season, including six in his last 11 games. He is slashing .296/.421/.595 with 41 home runs, 111 RBI and 120 runs scored in 154 games this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday’s 4-0 win over the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Brantley hit a three-run blast off Angels reliever Luis Garcia in the eighth inning to extend the Astros lead 4-0. He is slashing .311/.372/.502 with 22 home runs, 89 RBI and 88 runs scored in 147 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Aaron Sanchez (shoulder) may not be ready to pitch in 2020. (Source: Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle )

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez talked with reporters for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. An estimated time frame for this injury sits between 12 and 14 months. "It's going to be a while," Sanchez said. "I could come back mid-next year is kind of what (the doctor) said, I'll definitely miss the first part of next year but I will pitch next year." Sanchez was acquired from the Blue Jays this season and made four appearances for the Astros.

Category: Injury Updates

Kyle Tucker went 1-for-6 with a solo home run in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Tucker has now homered in back-to-back games. Despite the homer, he struck out four times and committed an error in the 12th inning that allowed the winning run to cross the plate. Tucker is slashing .290/.323/.581 slash line with four homers and 11 RBI in 19 games this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Wade Miley allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two through four innings in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Angels. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Miley labored in four innings of work, throwing only 54 of his 93 pitches for strikes. In his first 22 starts he allowed no more than four earned runs in any outing, but he is sporting a 16.68 ERA in September. Miley finishes 2019 with a 14-6 record, 3.98 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 140 strikeouts in 167 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Zack Greinke (18-5) allowed two hits and one walk while striking out nine through 8 1/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Mariners. He picked up his 18th win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning before allowing two singles to end his incredible performance. He finishes the regular season with a 2.93 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 187 strikeouts in 208 2/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

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