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1979 Houston Astros

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1978 / 1980

89-73, Finished 2nd in NL West (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Bill Virdon (89-73)
GM: Tal Smith, Farm Dir: Bill Wood, Scouting Dir: Lynwood Stallings
Scored 583 runs, Allowed 582 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 81-81

Ballparks: Astrodome · Attendance: 1,900,312 (5th of 12)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 94, Pitching - 94 · one-year: Batting - 89, Pitching - 89

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1978 / 1980 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 30, 1978

Signed Alvaro Espinoza as an amateur free agent.

November 23, 1978

Signed Manny Hernandez as an amateur free agent.

November 27, 1978

Traded Joe Cannon, Pedro Hernandez and Mark Lemongello to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Alan Ashby.

December 4, 1978

Traded Don Pisker (minors) to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Gary Woods.

December 8, 1978

Traded Floyd Bannister to the Seattle Mariners. Received Craig Reynolds.

1979

Larry Anderson received from the Philadelphia Phillies in an unknown transaction.

January 9, 1979

Drafted Jeff Dedmon in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 1979 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.

March 5, 1979

Signed Brent Strom as a free agent.

March 27, 1979

Sold Craig Cacek to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Released Dan Warthen.

April 27, 1979 (Standings)

Traded a player to be named later to the Kansas City Royals. Received George Throop. The Houston Astros sent Keith Drumright (October 26, 1979) to the Kansas City Royals to complete the trade.

May 25, 1979 (Standings)

Traded Bo McLaughlin to the Atlanta Braves. Received Frank LaCorte.

June 5, 1979 (Standings)

Drafted John Mizerock in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 1979 amateur draft.

Drafted Lemmie Miller in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 1979 amateur draft (June Secondary), but did not sign the player.

Drafted Ty Gainey in the 2nd round of the 1979 amateur draft.

Drafted Larry Ray in the 4th round of the 1979 amateur draft.

Drafted Bill Doran in the 6th round of the 1979 amateur draft.

Drafted Mark Ross in the 7th round of the 1979 amateur draft.

Drafted Mark Dempsey in the 9th round of the 1979 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Johnny Ray in the 12th round of the 1979 amateur draft.

Drafted Chris Jones in the 25th round of the 1979 amateur draft.

June 13, 1979 (Standings)

Traded Bob Watson to the Boston Red Sox. Received a player to be named later, Pete Ladd and cash. The Boston Red Sox sent Bobby Sprowl (June 19, 1979) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

June 27, 1979 (Standings)

Sold Jack Lazorko to the Texas Rangers.

July, 1979 (Standings)

Loaned Larry Anderson to the Atlanta Braves.

November 1, 1979

Jesus Alou granted Free Agency.

November 19, 1979

Signed Nolan Ryan as a free agent.

November 21, 1979

Signed Julio Solano as an amateur free agent.

January 11, 1980

Drafted Billy Hatcher in the 2nd round of the 1980 amateur draft (January Secondary), but did not sign the player.

Drafted Donnie Hill in the 5th round of the 1980 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.

January 31, 1980

Signed Joe Morgan as a free agent.

February 8, 1980

Released Tom Dixon.

February 20, 1980

Traded Reggie Baldwin to the New York Mets. Received Keith Bodie (minors).

February 21, 1980

Released Frank Riccelli.

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1978 / 1980 Trades and Transactions