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2012 Houston Astros

Trades and Transactions

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55-107, Finished 6th in NL Central (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Brad Mills (39-82) and Tony DeFrancesco (16-25)
GM: Jeff Luhnow (Hired 12/8/2011), Farm Dir: Fred Nelson, Scouting Dir: Bobby Heck
Scored 583 runs, Allowed 794 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 59-103

Ballparks: Minute Maid Park · Attendance: 1,607,733 (16th of 16)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 100, Pitching - 102 · one-year: Batting - 97, Pitching - 99

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2011 / 2013 Trades and Transactions

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

October 3, 2011

Robinson Cancel granted Free Agency.

October 6, 2011

Lance Pendleton granted Free Agency.

October 10, 2011

Brian Esposito granted Free Agency.

October 13, 2011

Jose Valdez granted Free Agency.

October 24, 2011

Signed Jose Valdez as a free agent.

October 28, 2011

Selected Craig Tatum off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

October 30, 2011

Clint Barmes granted Free Agency.

Jason Michaels granted Free Agency.

November 2, 2011

Luis Durango granted Free Agency.

Samuel Gervacio granted Free Agency.

Anderson Hernandez granted Free Agency.

Oswaldo Navarro granted Free Agency.

Ryan Rowland-Smith granted Free Agency.

J.R. Towles granted Free Agency.

Andy Van Hekken granted Free Agency.

Ross Wolf granted Free Agency.

November 3, 2011

Selected Brian Bixler off waivers from the Washington Nationals.

November 5, 2011

Signed Travis Buck as a free agent.

November 9, 2011

Signed Nick Stavinoha as a free agent.

November 12, 2011

Signed Brad Snyder as a free agent.

November 13, 2011

Signed Joe Thurston as a free agent.

November 15, 2011

Signed Scott Moore as a free agent.

November 16, 2011

Carlos Corporan granted Free Agency.

November 18, 2011

Signed Lance Pendleton as a free agent.

November 26, 2011

Signed Diory Hernandez as a free agent.

November 29, 2011

Signed Carlos Corporan as a free agent.

December 8, 2011

Drafted Rhiner Cruz from the New York Mets in the 2011 rule 5 draft.

Traded Marco Duarte (minors) to the Boston Red Sox. Received Marwin Gonzalez.

December 14, 2011

Released Nick Stavinoha.

Traded Mark Melancon to the Boston Red Sox. Received Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland.

January 11, 2012

Selected Fernando Martinez off waivers from the New York Mets.

January 18, 2012

Signed Jack Cust as a free agent.

January 20, 2012

Signed Jordan Brown as a free agent.

Signed Chris Snyder as a free agent.

January 23, 2012

Craig Tatum selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks off waivers.

January 27, 2012

Signed Zach Duke as a free agent.

January 31, 2012

Signed Livan Hernandez as a free agent.

February 2, 2012

Signed Mike Hessman as a free agent.

February 6, 2012

Signed Justin Ruggiano as a free agent.

March 14, 2012

Signed Landon Powell as a free agent.

March 20, 2012

Traded Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero to the Kansas City Royals. Received a player to be named later and Kevin Chapman. The Kansas City Royals sent D'Andre Toney (minors) (June 10, 2012) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

March 27, 2012

Released Jack Cust.

Released Zach Duke.

March 28, 2012

Released Joe Thurston.

March 29, 2012

Released Livan Hernandez.

March 30, 2012

Released Lance Pendleton.

March 31, 2012

Released Jordan Brown.

April 8, 2012 (Standings)

Selected Justin Maxwell off waivers from the New York Yankees.

May 16, 2012 (Standings)

Released Henry Sosa.

May 21, 2012 (Standings)

Signed Armando Galarraga as a free agent.

May 23, 2012 (Standings)

Released Diory Hernandez.

May 26, 2012 (Standings)

Traded Justin Ruggiano to the Miami Marlins. Received Jobduan Morales (minors).

May 27, 2012 (Standings)

Signed Brian Bass as a free agent.

June 21, 2012 (Standings)

Signed Hector Ambriz as a free agent.

July 4, 2012 (Standings)

Traded Carlos Lee to the Miami Marlins. Received Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen.

July 20, 2012 (Standings)

Traded David Carpenter, J.A. Happ and Brandon Lyon to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received a player to be named later, Joseph Musgrove (minors), Carlos Perez (minors), David Rollins (minors), Asher Wojciechowski (minors), Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Kevin Comer (minors) (August 16, 2012) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

July 21, 2012 (Standings)

Traded Brett Myers and cash to the Chicago White Sox. Received a player to be named later, Matt Heidenreich (minors) and Blair Walters (minors). The Chicago White Sox sent Chris Devenski (minors) (August 3, 2012) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

Selected Mark Hamburger off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

July 24, 2012 (Standings)

Traded Wandy Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Colton Cain (minors), Robbie Grossman and Rudy Owens.

July 27, 2012 (Standings)

Selected C.J. Fick off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 28, 2012 (Standings)

Selected Steve Pearce off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

July 29, 2012 (Standings)

Traded Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received Bobby Borchering (minors) and Marc Krauss.

August 2, 2012 (Standings)

Signed Brian Sanches as a free agent.

August 3, 2012 (Standings)

Received Garrett Mock from the Boston Red Sox as part of a conditional deal.

August 9, 2012 (Standings)

Received Tyler Greene from the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a conditional deal.

August 10, 2012 (Standings)

Juan Abreu selected by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers.

August 23, 2012 (Standings)

Signed Edgar Gonzalez as a free agent.

August 25, 2012 (Standings)

Armando Galarraga granted Free Agency.

August 26, 2012 (Standings)

Released Brian Bass.

August 27, 2012 (Standings)

Sold Steve Pearce to the New York Yankees.

August 31, 2012 (Standings)

Traded Ben Francisco to the Tampa Bay Rays. Received a player to be named later. The Tampa Bay Rays sent Theron Geith (minors) (September 21, 2012) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

September 1, 2012 (Standings)

Selected Brandon Laird off waivers from the New York Yankees.

September 10, 2012 (Standings)

Released Francisco Cordero.

October 4, 2012 (Standings)

Brian Bixler granted Free Agency.

Angel Sanchez granted Free Agency.

October 5, 2012 (Standings)

Travis Buck granted Free Agency.

October 26, 2012

Selected Che-Hsuan Lin off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

October 31, 2012

Chris Snyder granted Free Agency.

November 1, 2012

Fernando Abad granted Free Agency.

Matt Downs granted Free Agency.

Jose Valdez granted Free Agency.

Selected Sam Demel off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Selected Jake Elmore off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jordan Schafer selected by the Atlanta Braves off waivers.

November 3, 2012

Brian Bogusevic granted Free Agency.

Enerio Del Rosario granted Free Agency.

Sergio Escalona granted Free Agency.

Edgar Gonzalez granted Free Agency.

Mike Hessman granted Free Agency.

Garrett Mock granted Free Agency.

Landon Powell granted Free Agency.

Aneury Rodriguez granted Free Agency.

Brian Sanches granted Free Agency.

J.B. Shuck granted Free Agency.

Brad Snyder granted Free Agency.

Henry Villar granted Free Agency.

November 20, 2012

Signed Trevor Crowe as a free agent.

Signed Sergio Escalona as a free agent.

Signed Edgar Gonzalez as a free agent.

Mickey Storey selected by the New York Yankees off waivers.

November 21, 2012

Signed Jose Valdez as a free agent.

Scott Moore granted Free Agency.

November 30, 2012

Selected Philip Humber off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.

December 4, 2012

As part of a 3-team trade, traded a player to be named later to the Colorado Rockies and a player to be named later and Wilton Lopez to the Colorado Rockies. Received Alex Gillingham (minors) and Alex White from the Colorado Rockies. In addition, . The Houston Astros sent Jose Monzon (minors) (May 1, 2013) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade.

December 6, 2012

Drafted Josh Fields from the Boston Red Sox in the 2012 rule 5 draft.

Drafted Nate Freiman from the San Diego Padres in the 2012 rule 5 draft.

Selected Mickey Storey off waivers from the New York Yankees.

December 17, 2012

Signed Carlos Pena as a free agent.

December 19, 2012

Traded Rob Rasmussen to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received John Ely.

Mickey Storey selected by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers.

December 21, 2012

Signed Jose Veras as a free agent.

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