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Lowrie returning to Astros

The Astros continued their busy offseason on Monday, signing shortstop/infielder Jed Lowrie to a three-year deal through 2017, with a club option for 2018.

Though primarily a shorstop over his first big league seasons, Lowrie expressed a willingness this offseason to also play either second or third base, if needed. He projects to be the Astros’ starting shortstop in 2015, though he could be called upon to make occassional appearances at third base.

The Marlins and Giants had been previously linked to Lowrie at various points this offseason.

Instead, Lowrie chose to return to Houston where he hit a career-best 16 home runs during his lone season with the Astros in 2012. He hit a career-best .290 the following season with the A’s before struggling to a .249/.321/.355 batting line with six home runs and 50 RBIs this past season in Oakland.

– Paul Casella

Headley reportedly signing with Yankees

Third baseman Chase Headley has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees, pending a physical, according to multiple industry reports.

Headley was reportedly choosing between the Yanks, Giants, Marlins and Astros this offseason, with New York and San Francisco long considered the two frontrunners. Headley certainly helps fill a need for the Yankees, as utility man Martin Prado is now free to play elsewhere and the club can focus on bringing back Alex Rodriguez as the designated hitter.

It’s been a disappointing offseason thus far for the Giants, meanwhile, as Headley becomes the club’s latest target to ultimately sign elsewhere. The Giants lost third baseman Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox earlier this offseason, while marquee starter Jon Lester — the next name on San Francisco’s wish list — chose to sign with the Cubs last week.

– Paul Casella

Astros could enter mix for Hamels

The Astros are reportedly being considered a “sleeper team” in trade talks regarding the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and Giants have all been linked to Hamels this offseason, though Cafardo believes the Astros could swoop in and make a push to work out a deal with the Phils. That said, Hamels does have a no-trade list and it’s unclear at this point whether or not the Astros are on it.

Either way, there is speculation that Hamels might be willing to waive his no-trade clause for any of the aforementioned teams, if said team agrees to pick up his $20 million club option for 2019. He’s currently owed $90 million over the next four seasons before that option year comes into play.

The Giants’ interest likely depends on whether or not they’re able to sign James Shields, while the Cubs could fall out of the race as well after signing top free agent starter Jon Lester last week. The Red Sox and Dodgers are widely believed to still be the frontrunners for Hamels, but it appears they may have more competition than initially expected.

– Paul Casella

Headley reportedly nearing decision

Free agent third baseman Chase Headley is on the verge of making his decision, which could come as soon as Monday, according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti. He was previously expected to reach a decision by the end of last week’s Winter Meetings, though he instead continued to field offers through the weekend.

The Yankees and Giants are believed to be strong favorites for landing Headley, while the Marlins and Astros have also expressed interest. He’s been believed to have a four-year, $65 million offer on the table for some time now, though it’s unclear which team extended that particular offer.

The 30-year-old third baseman posted a .243/.328/.372 batting line with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs over 135 combined games between the Padres and Yankees.

– Paul Casella

Drew garnering broad interest

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing varying amounts of interest from at least 10 teams, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The list of teams that have tossed around the idea of signing Drew reportedly includes the Yankees, Mets, Astros, A’s, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals and Marlins. The lack of shortstop depth on the free agent market this offseason has certainly played a part in the vast amount of interested teams.

Despite his struggles this past season, Drew is garnering significantly more interest this offseason than he did a year ago due to the fact that he is not tied to a compensatory draft pick this time around. He went unsigned last winter after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Red Sox before ultimately returning to Boston in late May.

– Paul Casella

Lowrie reportedly seeking three-year deal

Free agent infielder Jed Lowrie is said to be seeking a three-year deal, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.

Lowrie struggled to a .249/.321/.355 battling line with only six homers this past season, but his willingness to play either second base or third base in addition to shortstop could help his market. To this point, the Astros are reportedly interested in a potential reunion, while the Giants could also pursue Lowrie as a potential replacement for Pablo Sandoval.

Whether or not Lowrie is actually able to land a three-year deal remains to be seen, but it seems to at least be a starting point for potential negotiations.

– Paul Casella

Astros continuing search for bullpen help

After missing out on their top two reliever targets in Andrew Miller and David Robertson, the Astros are now “casting a wide net” in their search for bullpen help, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Heyman lists free agent relievers Sergio Romo, Luke Gregerson, Rafael Soriano, Francisco Rodriguez and Pat Neshek all as possibilities now that Miller and Robertson are off the board. It’s unclear how exactly the Astros rank each of those options, though the Houston Chronicle had previously reported the club had interest in Gregerson, while Heyman listed Romo as a potential contingency plan last week.

– Paul Casella

Giants unwilling to give Headley a fourth year?

The Giants are reportedly “dead set” against offering Chase Headley a four-year deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

If true, that would figure to significantly decrease the Giants’ chances of landing Headley, who has been reported to already have a four-year, $65 million offer in hand from an unidentified team. Regardless of the validity of that four-year, $65 million offer, Headley is likely to be able to find a four-year deal somewhere on the market.

The Yankees are the team that stands to benefit the most from the Giants’ apparent unwillingness to offer a fourth year. Though the Marlins and Astros have also been linked to Headley in recent days — and one of those two could very well be the mystery club that already has an offer out — the Yankees and Giants have been considered strong favorites ever since Pablo Sandoval signed with the Red Sox earlier this offseason.

Headley is expected to sign a deal at some point this week and could do so as soon as Tuesday, so there should be some clarity provided to this situation in the very near future.

– Paul Casella

Headley decision coming soon

There is “optimism” that a Chase Headley deal gets done on Tuesday, according to a tweet by Peter Gammons of Gammons Daily. The same tweet lists the Giants and Yankees as potential landing spots.

This backs up a similar report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Monday that said Headley will make his decision at some point this week, while adding that the Yankees and Giants are “among 3-4 teams bidding.” Jon Heyman of CBS Sports indicates that the Yankees are in a good position to bring back Headley.

The Marlins and Astros are among the other teams that have also been rumored to have interest in recent days. Headley has reportedly had a four-year, $60 million offer in hand from an unidentified team for nearly a week now.

– Paul Casella

Giants considering Lowrie as contingency plan

The Giants are reportedly looking at Jed Lowrie as a potential option at third base in the event that Chase Headley decides to sign elsewhere, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Though primarily a shortstop over his first seven big league seasons, Lowrie is open to the idea of also playing second base or third base. Each of his 129 starts in the field for the A’s last season came at shortstop, though he has made 83 appearances at third base and 58 at second base during his career.

It was reported earlier Monday by MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart that the Astros are interested in a reunion with Lowrie, while Crasnick adds that the Marlins could be another potential landing spot.

Lowrie seems to be developing a significant amount of interest in recent days and his market would only develop further if Headley was to make a decision in the near future.

– Paul Casella

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