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1997 Houston Astros

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1996 / 1998

84-78, Finished 1st in NL Central (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Larry Dierker (84-78)
GM: Gerry Hunsicker, Scouting Dir: David Lakey
Scored 777 runs, Allowed 660 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 93-69

Ballparks: Astrodome · Attendance: 2,046,781 (8th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 96, Pitching - 95 · one-year: Batting - 96, Pitching - 94

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1996 / 1998 Trades and Transactions

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

October 4, 1996

Anthony Young granted Free Agency.

October 8, 1996

Terry Clark granted Free Agency.

October 14, 1996

Dave Hajek selected by the Detroit Tigers off waivers.

October 15, 1996

Jeff Ball granted Free Agency.

Jerry Goff granted Free Agency.

Chris Hatcher granted Free Agency.

Ray Holbert granted Free Agency.

Bronswell Patrick granted Free Agency.

Ken Ramos granted Free Agency.

Mike Simms granted Free Agency.

October 28, 1996

Kirt Manwaring granted Free Agency.

Gregg Olson granted Free Agency.

October 31, 1996

Xavier Hernandez granted Free Agency.

November 6, 1996

Danny Darwin granted Free Agency.

November 14, 1996

Bill Spiers granted Free Agency.

November 16, 1996

Signed Ken Ramos as a free agent.

November 18, 1996

John Cangelosi granted Free Agency.

Doug Drabek granted Free Agency.

November 22, 1996

Signed Blas Minor as a free agent.

Signed Bronswell Patrick as a free agent.

December 2, 1996

Signed Sid Fernandez as a free agent.

Signed Pat Listach as a free agent.

Signed Bill Spiers as a free agent.

December 4, 1996

Signed Thomas Howard as a free agent.

December 9, 1996

Alejandro Freire selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 1996 minor league draft.

Drafted Ramon Garcia from the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1996 rule 5 draft.

Hector Mercado selected by the Florida Marlins in the 1996 minor league draft.

Edgar Ramos drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1996 rule 5 draft.

Jamie Walker drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 rule 5 draft.

December 10, 1996

Traded Doug Brocail, Brian Hunter, Todd Jones, Orlando Miller and cash to the Detroit Tigers. Received Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima, Trever Miller, C.J. Nitkowski and Daryle Ward.

December 19, 1996

Signed Luis Gonzalez as a free agent.

Signed Mike Magnante as a free agent.

December 20, 1996

Randy Knorr granted Free Agency.

Derrick May granted Free Agency.

Jeff Tabaka granted Free Agency.

December 23, 1996

Signed Randy Knorr as a free agent.

December 30, 1996

Signed Russ Springer as a free agent.

January 9, 1997

Released Jim Dougherty.

January 25, 1997

Signed Luis Rivera as a free agent.

February 4, 1997

Signed Tommy Greene as a free agent.

February 5, 1997

Signed Tommy Gregg as a free agent.

March 14, 1997

Signed J.R. Phillips as a free agent.

March 15, 1997

Traded Sean Runyan to the San Diego Padres. Received Luis Lopez.

March 20, 1997

Released Tommy Gregg.

March 21, 1997

Released Bry Nelson.

March 31, 1997

Traded Luis Lopez to the New York Mets. Received Tim Bogar.

April 15, 1997 (Standings)

Signed Carlos Hernandez as an amateur free agent.

April 24, 1997 (Standings)

Received Todd Haney from the Seattle Mariners as part of a conditional deal.

May 9, 1997 (Standings)

Traded Alvin Morman to the Cleveland Indians. Received Jose Cabrera.

June 1, 1997 (Standings)

Signed Chuck Carr as a free agent.

June 3, 1997 (Standings)

Drafted Lance Berkman in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 1997 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1997.

Drafted Eric Byrnes in the 4th round of the 1997 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Trey Hodges in the 14th round of the 1997 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Tim Redding in the 20th round of the 1997 amateur draft. Player signed May 21, 1998.

Drafted Jason Alfaro in the 22nd round of the 1997 amateur draft. Player signed June 30, 1997.

Drafted Charlton Jimerson in the 25th round of the 1997 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

June 6, 1997 (Standings)

The Philadelphia Phillies returned Edgar Ramos (earlier draft pick).

June 23, 1997 (Standings)

Signed Santiago Ramirez as an amateur free agent.

July 1, 1997 (Standings)

Released Pat Listach.

July 17, 1997 (Standings)

Blas Minor granted Free Agency.

July 27, 1997 (Standings)

Signed Josias Manzanillo as a free agent.

August 15, 1997 (Standings)

Traded Julien Tucker (minors) to the Chicago White Sox. Received Tony Pena.

October 7, 1997 (Standings)

Donne Wall selected by the Cincinnati Reds off waivers.

October 8, 1997 (Standings)

Released Tommy Greene.

October 14, 1997 (Standings)

Randy Knorr granted Free Agency.

October 15, 1997 (Standings)

Todd Haney granted Free Agency.

Josias Manzanillo granted Free Agency.

J.R. Phillips granted Free Agency.

October 17, 1997

Melvin Mora granted Free Agency.

Bronswell Patrick granted Free Agency.

Ken Ramos granted Free Agency.

October 27, 1997

Luis Rivera granted Free Agency.

October 28, 1997

Luis Gonzalez granted Free Agency.

Thomas Howard granted Free Agency.

Darryl Kile granted Free Agency.

October 30, 1997

Tony Pena granted Free Agency.

November 3, 1997

Bill Spiers granted Free Agency.

November 11, 1997

Traded a player to be named later, Manuel Barrios and Oscar Henriquez to the Florida Marlins. Received Moises Alou. The Houston Astros sent Mark Johnson (December 16, 1997) to the Florida Marlins to complete the trade.

November 18, 1997

Bobby Abreu selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the 6th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

Tom Martin selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 29th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

Russ Springer selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 61st pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

November 24, 1997

Signed Dave Clark as a free agent.

November 25, 1997

Signed Bill Spiers as a free agent.

November 26, 1997

Signed Doug Henry as a free agent.

Signed J.R. Phillips as a free agent.

December 9, 1997

Signed Jack Howell as a free agent.

December 10, 1997

Signed Marc Ronan as a free agent.

December 21, 1997

Sean Berry granted Free Agency.

Chuck Carr granted Free Agency.

December 22, 1997

Signed Rob Butler as a free agent.

Signed Bob Scanlan as a free agent.

Traded John Hudek to the New York Mets. Received Carl Everett.

December 29, 1997

Signed Roberto Rivera as a free agent.

January 9, 1998

Signed Reggie Harris as a free agent.

Signed Pete Schourek as a free agent.

January 13, 1998

Signed Sean Berry as a free agent.

January 14, 1998

Traded James Mouton to the San Diego Padres. Received Sean Bergman.

February 5, 1998

Signed Luis Rivera as a free agent.

March 31, 1998

Signed Kevin Hodges as a free agent.

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1996 / 1998 Trades and Transactions