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2004 Houston Astros

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 2003 / 2005

92-70, Finished 2nd in NL Central (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Jimy Williams (44-44) and Phil Garner (48-26)
GM: Gerry Hunsicker (Resigned 11/1/2004), Scouting Dir: David Lakey
Scored 803 runs, Allowed 698 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 91-71

Ballparks: Minute Maid Park · Attendance: 3,087,872 (5th of 16)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 101, Pitching - 100 · one-year: Batting - 99, Pitching - 98

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2003 / 2005 Trades and Transactions

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

October 9, 2003

Kirk Bullinger granted Free Agency.

October 15, 2003

Jason Alfaro granted Free Agency.

Eric Cammack granted Free Agency.

Mike Coolbaugh granted Free Agency.

Randy Keisler granted Free Agency.

Mitch Meluskey granted Free Agency.

Mike Moriarty granted Free Agency.

Peter Munro granted Free Agency.

Bob Scanlan granted Free Agency.

Rob Stanifer granted Free Agency.

Alan Zinter granted Free Agency.

October 21, 2003

Signed Kirk Bullinger as a free agent.

October 26, 2003

Signed Bobby Chouinard as a free agent.

October 27, 2003

Brad Ausmus granted Free Agency.

Orlando Merced granted Free Agency.

Brian Moehler granted Free Agency.

Rick White granted Free Agency.

October 28, 2003

Dan Miceli granted Free Agency.

October 30, 2003

Jose Vizcaino granted Free Agency.

November 2, 2003

Ron Villone granted Free Agency.

November 3, 2003

Traded Billy Wagner to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Ezequiel Astacio, Taylor Buchholz and Brandon Duckworth.

November 7, 2003

Signed Mike Coolbaugh as a free agent.

November 10, 2003

Signed Jason Alfaro as a free agent.

November 12, 2003

Signed Dan Miceli as a free agent.

November 18, 2003

Signed Jose Vizcaino as a free agent.

November 19, 2003

Signed Brad Ausmus as a free agent.

Released Brandon Puffer.

Released Rodrigo Rosario.

December 14, 2003

Traded Geoff Blum to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Received Brandon Backe.

December 15, 2003

Drafted Willy Taveras from the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 rule 5 draft.

Signed Phil Hiatt as a free agent.

December 16, 2003

Signed Andy Pettitte as a free agent.

December 18, 2003

Signed Tony Fiore as a free agent.

December 21, 2003

Nate Bland granted Free Agency.

January 7, 2004

Signed Rodrigo Rosario as a free agent.

January 19, 2004

Signed Roger Clemens as a free agent.

Signed Orlando Palmeiro as a free agent.

January 21, 2004

Signed Ivanon Coffie as a free agent.

January 22, 2004

Colin Porter selected by the St. Louis Cardinals off waivers.

February 1, 2004

Signed Elvis Pena as a free agent.

February 2, 2004

Signed Dave Veres as a free agent.

February 5, 2004

Signed Rob Ryan as a free agent.

February 25, 2004

Signed Ryan Thompson as a free agent.

March 9, 2004

Signed Nate Bland as a free agent.

March 25, 2004

Traded Juan De Leon (minors) to the New York Yankees. Received Mike Lamb.

March 26, 2004

Released Dave Veres.

March 28, 2004

Released Ruddy Lugo.

Released Elvis Pena.

March 29, 2004

Released Nate Bland.

Released Devern Hansack.

March 31, 2004

Traded Jeriome Robertson to the Cleveland Indians. Received Luke Scott.

April 17, 2004 (Standings)

Traded Kirk Saarloos to the Oakland Athletics. Received Chad Harville.

June 4, 2004 (Standings)

Signed Peter Munro as a free agent.

June 7, 2004 (Standings)

Drafted Hunter Pence in the 2nd round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed July 14, 2004.

Drafted Ben Zobrist in the 6th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 2004.

Drafted Troy Patton in the 9th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed July 27, 2004.

Drafted Chad Reineke in the 13th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 2004.

Drafted Drew Sutton in the 15th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 2004.

Drafted J.R. Towles in the 20th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed June 16, 2004.

June 17, 2004 (Standings)

Traded Richard Hidalgo to the New York Mets. Received Jeremy Griffiths and David Weathers.

June 18, 2004 (Standings)

Rob Ryan granted Free Agency.

Ricky Stone selected by the San Diego Padres off waivers.

June 23, 2004 (Standings)

Bobby Chouinard granted Free Agency.

June 24, 2004 (Standings)

Released Tony Fiore.

As part of a 3-team trade, traded Octavio Dotel to the Oakland Athletics and John Buck and cash to the Kansas City Royals. Received Carlos Beltran from the Kansas City Royals. In addition, the Oakland Athletics sent Mark Teahen and Mike Wood to the Kansas City Royals.

June 29, 2004 (Standings)

Signed Russ Springer as a free agent.

July 22, 2004 (Standings)

Purchased Darren Oliver from the Florida Marlins.

August 2, 2004 (Standings)

Signed Kevin Orie as a free agent.

August 17, 2004 (Standings)

Signed Emil Brown as a free agent.

August 19, 2004 (Standings)

Purchased Reggie Harris from Newark (Atlantic).

August 27, 2004 (Standings)

Traded Adam Seuss (minors) to the New York Mets. Received Dan Wheeler.

September 7, 2004 (Standings)

Released David Weathers.

October 4, 2004 (Standings)

Kirk Bullinger granted Free Agency.

Jared Fernandez granted Free Agency.

October 15, 2004 (Standings)

Jason Alfaro granted Free Agency.

Emil Brown granted Free Agency.

Jesse Carlson granted Free Agency.

Ivanon Coffie granted Free Agency.

Mike Coolbaugh granted Free Agency.

Phil Hiatt granted Free Agency.

Dave Matranga granted Free Agency.

Kevin Orie granted Free Agency.

Santiago Ramirez granted Free Agency.

Ryan Thompson granted Free Agency.

October 28, 2004

Carlos Beltran granted Free Agency.

Dan Miceli granted Free Agency.

October 29, 2004

Jose Vizcaino granted Free Agency.

November 1, 2004

Jeff Kent granted Free Agency.

November 4, 2004

Russ Springer granted Free Agency.

November 5, 2004

Signed Mike Coolbaugh as a free agent.

Orlando Palmeiro granted Free Agency.

November 8, 2004

Darren Oliver granted Free Agency.

November 11, 2004

Signed Travis Driskill as a free agent.

Roger Clemens granted Free Agency.

November 12, 2004

Signed Barry Wesson as a free agent.

December 6, 2004

Signed Jose Vizcaino as a free agent.

December 7, 2004

Signed Orlando Palmeiro as a free agent.

December 13, 2004

D.J. Houlton selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2004 minor league draft.

Rodrigo Rosario selected by the Florida Marlins in the 2004 minor league draft.

Signed Roger Clemens as a free agent.

December 20, 2004

Signed Russ Springer as a free agent.

December 21, 2004

Wade Miller granted Free Agency.

January 5, 2005

Signed Charles Gipson as a free agent.

Signed Phil Norton as a free agent.

Signed Carlos Rivera as a free agent.

January 7, 2005

Signed Adam Riggs as a free agent.

Signed Turk Wendell as a free agent.

January 12, 2005

Signed Chris Fussell as a free agent.

January 13, 2005

Signed Dave Burba as a free agent.

January 23, 2005

Signed John Franco as a free agent.

January 28, 2005

Released Reggie Harris.

February 11, 2005

Signed Trent Hubbard as a free agent.

March 2, 2005

Signed Scott MacRae as a free agent.

March 3, 2005

Signed David Martinez as an amateur free agent.

March 16, 2005

Released Peter Munro.

March 28, 2005

Traded Tim Redding and cash to the San Diego Padres. Received Humberto Quintero.

April 1, 2005

Received Danny Klassen from the Chicago Cubs as part of a conditional deal.

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2003 / 2005 Trades and Transactions