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December 1 - This Date in Astros History
December 1 - This Date in Astros History
December 1

1992 - Doug Drabek, a former pitcher for the University of Houston, signs with the Astros as a free agent. Although unable to resume the glory days he had in Pittsburgh, Drabek notches a 38-42 record and 4.00 ERA over four seasons with Houston.
1965 - Astros deal two pitchers and cash to the Chicago White Sox for catcher Bill Heath and outfielder Dave Nicholson. Heath would hit .301 with eight RBIs as a backup. Nicholson would bat .246 with ten homers in part-time duty.
1964 - HSA officially changes the name of the ballclub from the Colt .45s to the Astros. It is the last time a major league team has changed nicknames without also changing cities.
1961 - The Colts obtain pitchers Bob Bruce and Manny Montejo from Detroit for pitcher "Toothpick" Sam Jones. Bruce compiles a 42-58 record and a 3.78 ERA in five seasons for Houston. Picked in the expansion draft from San Francisco, Jones, a two-time All-Star, pitches only spot duty in his remaining three big league seasons.
1944 - Jim Ray is born in Rock Hill, SC. Nicknamed "Stinger", his best season comes in 1971 when he notches a 10-4 mark with three saves and a 2.12 ERA.

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Date      Opp      Result
9/01      off        --
9/02     @ANA      W 4-2
9/03     @ANA      L 2-1
9/04     @ANA*     W 9-1
9/05      TEX      W 1-0
9/06      TEX      L 4-3
9/07      TEX      W 4-3
9/08      off        --
9/09      ANA      W 4-3
9/10      ANA      L 6-1
9/11      ANA*    W 12-4
9/12     @DET      W 7-0
9/13     @DET      W 6-3
9/14     @DET*     W 2-1
9/15      OAK      W 5-2
9/16      OAK      W 5-0
9/17      OAK      L 8-5
9/18      OAK*    W 11-2
9/19     @TAM      W 4-0
9/20     @TAM      W 5-0
9/21     @TAM      W 5-2
9/22     @BAL      L 2-0
9/23     @BAL      L 6-0
9/24     @BAL    W 11-10
9/25     @BAL*     W 6-3
9/26      off        --
9/27      ARI     W 10-2
9/28      ARI      L 5-2
9/29      off        --
9/30      TAM      L 7-3
10/1      TAM      W 2-1
10/2      TAM*     w 3-1
10/3      PHI      L 3-0
10/4      PHI     W 10-0
10/5      PHI*     W 3-2
10/11     SEA*     W 8-7
10/12     off        --
10/13     SEA*     W 4-2
10/14     off        --
10/15    @SEA*     W 1-0
10/19     NYY      W 4-2
10/20     NYY      W 3-2
10/21     off        --
10/22    @NYY*     W 5-0
10/23    @NYY      W 6-5
     World Series
10/28     PHI      L 6-5
10/29     PHI      W 5-2
10/30     off        --
10/31     ppd        --
11/01    @PHI      L 7-0
11/02    @PHI      W 5-0
11/03    @PHI      W 3-2
11/04     off        --
11/05     PHI      W 4-1
* - day game.

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July record:    18 -  9
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World Series     4  - 2

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Houston Astros recap - 11/28/22 - Reports: Astros To Sign Jose Abreu
Reports: Astros To Sign Jose Abreu

Abreu: Newest Cuban slugger
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Reports among baseball circles is that the Houston Astros are finalizing a three-year contract with free agent first baseman Jose Abreu. Financial terms are believed to be $58.5 million. Last season, with the White Sox, Abreu earned just under $20 million.

The Cuban import hit .304 in 2022 with 15 homers and 75 RBIs, his lowest home run output of his career. Abreu is a three-time All-Star who won the A.L. MVP Award during the COVID-shortened 2020 season.

Abreu turns 36 next month. He has a three-year average of .289, an .855 OPS and a 135 OPS+. Abreu has hit 30 or more home runs five times in his nine-year career and driven in 100 or more runs six times. He is an above-average fielder and has rarely missed time to injury, playing in 157 games for the White Sox last year.

The signing will extend an already impressive batting order that includes Jose Altuve, World Series MVP Jeremy Pena, Yordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker. Abreu should replace Yuli Gurriel who hit well in the postseason (.347) but was a disappointing .242 during the regular season. Rumors are that Houston may seek to bring back Gurriel in a part-time role.

The signing might also indicate that the Astros are ready to move on from ace righthander and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, who is a free agent and will probably cost $40 million or more per year to bring back. The Mets, Yankees and Dodgers all have interest in Verlander.

Abreu should also provide the mentoring Gurriel provided to Alvarez as Cubans who have to adapt to life in America. There's no official announcement yet but it would be expected ahead of the Winter Meetings in San Diego that begin December 4th.

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Where Gurriel ranks: Top five first basemen in Astros franchise history - Houston Chronicle
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No GM, no problem for Astros in busy offseason - Astros.com
Astros reportedly in free agency discussions with Contreras - Houston Chronicle
What makes Abreu a perfect fit for Astros' star-studded lineup - Houston Chronicle
Dodgers, Astros, Yankees, Red Sox will shape free agency - USA Today
Report: Astros in discussions with Contreras - theScore
Bagwell’s dig at ex-Astros GM: Game played by humans, not computers - New York Post
Astros aren't resting on laurels - Houston Chronicle
Astros' culture a big lure for Abreu - Houston Chronicle
How Abreu signing reflects philosophical change for Astros - SportsMap
Which team is most likely to sign Verlander? - Houston Chronicle
Abreu already proving a good fit in Astros clubhouse - Astros.com
'We're not finished': Crane reveals Astros' free agency prioriti - Houston Chronicle
Bagwell discusses role with Astros amid GM search - Houston Chronicle
Why Abreu signed with Astros over other free agency options - Houston Chronicle
Abreu: Everything you should know about slugger - Houston Chronicle
Bagwell: Astros went too far with analytics, but has no interest in vacant GM job - Houston Chronicle
Astros upgrade ‘absolutely kills’ Yankees - NJ.com
Astros leave millions in disbelief with their latest signing - Essentially Sports
Could Astros make a run at Benintendi? - Yardbarker
Astros, first basemen, free agent prediction contest leaderboard - MLB Trade Rumors
Landing Abreu and what this means for Yuli, JV - Houston Press
Yankees could have competition from Astros to sign Benintendi - New York Post
Astros set to add former MVP Abreu to lineup - USA Today
Former Tigers infielder signs minor-league deal with Astros - MLive.com
Abreu signs with Astros as World Series champions reload - New York Post
Astros sign 2020 AL MVP Abreu to 3-year deal - Astros.com
Astros should sign this hated rival in free agency - Houston Chronicle
Verlander reportedly meeting with Dodgers on Monday - Houston Chronicle
Astros finalizing deal with former MVP Abreu - Houston Chronicle
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What the Astros haters want you to forget about Jose Altuve's MVP season - SportsMap
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Potential competitors for Astros in Verlander free agency pursuit - Houston Chronicle
Loperfido, Brown can help maintain Astros' dynasty - MiLB.com
From honors to money, what a November for the Astros - Call to the Pen
Astros targeting 2-time All-Star outfielder in MLB free agency - Sportsnaut
Yankees’ confidence level in signing Verlander, revealed - ClutchPoints
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