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2008 Houston Astros

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 2007 / 2009

86-75, Finished 3rd in NL Central (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Cecil Cooper (86-75)
GM: Ed Wade, Scouting Dir: Bobby Heck (Hired 10/24/2007)
Scored 712 runs, Allowed 743 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 77-84

Ballparks: Minute Maid Park & Miller Park · Attendance: 2,779,487 (8th of 16)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 97, Pitching - 98 · one-year: Batting - 103, Pitching - 103

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2007 / 2009 Trades and Transactions

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

October 1, 2007

Travis Driskill granted Free Agency.

October 11, 2007

Selected Reggie Abercrombie off waivers from the Florida Marlins.

October 15, 2007

Miguel Asencio granted Free Agency.

Eric Munson selected by the Milwaukee Brewers off waivers.

October 19, 2007

Steve Randolph granted Free Agency.

October 21, 2007

Cody Ransom granted Free Agency.

October 29, 2007

Brad Ausmus granted Free Agency.

Philip Barzilla granted Free Agency.

Brooks Conrad granted Free Agency.

Jesse Garcia granted Free Agency.

Hector Gimenez granted Free Agency.

Brian Gordon granted Free Agency.

Danny Klassen granted Free Agency.

Mike Lamb granted Free Agency.

Mark Loretta granted Free Agency.

Trever Miller granted Free Agency.

Brian Moehler granted Free Agency.

Orlando Palmeiro granted Free Agency.

Chan Ho Park granted Free Agency.

Tim Raines granted Free Agency.

Ray Sadler granted Free Agency.

Barry Wesson granted Free Agency.

October 30, 2007

Signed Brad Ausmus as a free agent.

Jason Jennings granted Free Agency.

November 7, 2007

Traded Eric Bruntlett and Brad Lidge to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Michael Bourn, Mike Costanzo and Geoff Geary.

November 16, 2007

Traded Josh Anderson to the Atlanta Braves. Received Oscar Villarreal.

November 20, 2007

Signed Geoff Blum as a free agent.

Jimmy Barthmaier selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates off waivers.

November 22, 2007

Signed Tomas Perez as a free agent.

November 26, 2007

Signed Doug Brocail as a free agent.

Signed Jose Cruz as a free agent.

November 28, 2007

Signed Kevin Hooper as a free agent.

November 29, 2007

Signed Steve Randolph as a free agent.

November 30, 2007

Signed Kazuo Matsui as a free agent.

December 3, 2007

Signed Brian Gordon as a free agent.

December 6, 2007

Drafted Wesley Wright from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2007 rule 5 draft.

Victor Garate selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2007 minor league draft.

Signed Nick Regilio as a free agent.

Signed Jose Cisnero as an amateur free agent.

December 7, 2007

Signed Mark Loretta as a free agent.

December 12, 2007

Adam Everett granted Free Agency.

Traded Matt Albers, Mike Costanzo, Troy Patton, Dennis Sarfate and Luke Scott to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Miguel Tejada.

December 13, 2007

Signed Danny Klassen as a free agent.

Signed Ray Sadler as a free agent.

December 14, 2007

Traded Chris Burke, J.C. Gutierrez and Chad Qualls to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received Jose Valverde.

December 17, 2007

Signed Jack Cassel as a free agent.

December 18, 2007

Signed Chad Paronto as a free agent.

December 27, 2007

Signed Darin Erstad as a free agent.

January 7, 2008

Signed J.R. House as a free agent.

January 10, 2008

Signed Mike DeJean as a free agent.

January 15, 2008

Signed Victor Diaz as a free agent.

January 24, 2008

Signed Lance Niekro as a free agent.

Released Kevin Hooper.

January 26, 2008

Signed Nick Gorneault as a free agent.

January 31, 2008

Signed Brian Moehler as a free agent.

February 8, 2008

Signed Alberto Castillo as a free agent.

Signed Jesse Garcia as a free agent.

February 14, 2008

Signed David Newhan as a free agent.

February 20, 2008

Signed Shawn Chacon as a free agent.

March 8, 2008

Signed Runelvys Hernandez as a free agent.

March 22, 2008

Jesse Garcia granted Free Agency.

March 29, 2008

Released Woody Williams.

April 3, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Tim Byrdak as a free agent.

April 7, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Josh Paul as a free agent.

April 11, 2008 (Standings)

Released Brian Gordon.

May 2, 2008 (Standings)

Released Victor Diaz.

Released Lance Niekro.

May 7, 2008 (Standings)

Sent Steve Randolph to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of a conditional deal.

May 29, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Jorge Sosa as a free agent.

May 31, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Ray King as a free agent.

June 5, 2008 (Standings)

Drafted Jason Castro in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2008 amateur draft. Player signed July 12, 2008.

Drafted Jordan Lyles in the 1st round (38th pick) of the 2008 amateur draft. Player signed June 5, 2008.

Drafted J.B. Shuck in the 6th round of the 2008 amateur draft. Player signed June 12, 2008.

June 6, 2008 (Standings)

Released Jose Cruz.

June 14, 2008 (Standings)

Released Josh Paul.

June 22, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Val Majewski as a free agent.

June 26, 2008 (Standings)

Released Shawn Chacon.

July 1, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Andy Van Hekken as a free agent.

July 2, 2008 (Standings)

Oscar Villarreal granted Free Agency.

July 3, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Micah Bowie as a free agent.

July 16, 2008 (Standings)

Released Jorge Sosa.

July 19, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Jim Brower as a free agent.

July 22, 2008 (Standings)

Traded Chad Reineke to the San Diego Padres. Received Randy Wolf.

July 24, 2008 (Standings)

Released Jim Brower.

July 30, 2008 (Standings)

Traded Matt Cusick (minors) to the New York Yankees. Received LaTroy Hawkins.

July 31, 2008 (Standings)

Selected Alberto Arias off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

August 8, 2008 (Standings)

Released Micah Bowie.

August 20, 2008 (Standings)

Selected Jose Castillo off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

September 29, 2008 (Standings)

J.R. House granted Free Agency.

Chad Paronto granted Free Agency.

October 8, 2008 (Standings)

Jack Cassel granted Free Agency.

October 9, 2008 (Standings)

Dave Borkowski granted Free Agency.

Jose Castillo granted Free Agency.

October 14, 2008 (Standings)

Runelvys Hernandez granted Free Agency.

October 15, 2008 (Standings)

Tomas Perez granted Free Agency.

October 30, 2008

Mark Loretta granted Free Agency.

October 31, 2008

Brad Ausmus granted Free Agency.

LaTroy Hawkins granted Free Agency.

Randy Wolf granted Free Agency.

Signed Chia-Jen Lo as a free agent.

November 3, 2008

Doug Brocail granted Free Agency.

Nick Gorneault granted Free Agency.

Ray King granted Free Agency.

Danny Klassen granted Free Agency.

Val Majewski granted Free Agency.

Mark McLemore granted Free Agency.

Nick Regilio granted Free Agency.

Ray Sadler granted Free Agency.

November 7, 2008

Signed LaTroy Hawkins as a free agent.

November 19, 2008

Signed Brian Esposito as a free agent.

November 23, 2008

David Newhan granted Free Agency.

December 1, 2008

Signed Mike Hampton as a free agent.

December 2, 2008

Signed Doug Brocail as a free agent.

December 8, 2008

Selected Jeff Fulchino off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

December 11, 2008

Signed Matt Kata as a free agent.

December 12, 2008

Reggie Abercrombie granted Free Agency.

Ty Wigginton granted Free Agency.

December 15, 2008

Signed John Gall as a free agent.

Signed Jason Michaels as a free agent.

December 18, 2008

Signed Reggie Abercrombie as a free agent.

Signed Aaron Boone as a free agent.

December 26, 2008

Signed Chris Barnwell as a free agent.

January 5, 2009

Signed Clay Hensley as a free agent.

Signed Jason Smith as a free agent.

January 6, 2009

Signed Danny Graves as a free agent.

January 13, 2009

Signed Russ Ortiz as a free agent.

January 14, 2009

Signed Jose Capellan as a free agent.

Signed Toby Hall as a free agent.

Signed Chad Paronto as a free agent.

January 16, 2009

Signed Jason Tyner as a free agent.

January 29, 2009

Signed David Newhan as a free agent.

February 9, 2009

Signed Drew Meyer as a free agent.

February 16, 2009

Signed Mark McLemore as a free agent.

February 22, 2009

Free agent signing of Toby Hall voided.

March 5, 2009

Signed Neal Musser as a free agent.

March 14, 2009

Fernando Nieve selected by the New York Mets off waivers.

March 20, 2009

Signed Ivan Rodriguez as a free agent.

March 28, 2009

Released Jason Tyner.

March 29, 2009

Released David Newhan.

March 31, 2009

Traded a player to be named later to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Jeff Keppinger. The Houston Astros sent Drew Sutton (April 16, 2009) to the Cincinnati Reds to complete the trade.

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