The Houston Astros have “admitted” to being interested in Tanaka, but many around the league believe he will end up elsewhere. Tanaka is expected to choose a team within the next day or two, and it would shock me if he chose Houston. Tanaka could potentially be a part of rotation of Tanaka, Rodon, Appel, Foltynewicz, and Cosart sound come 2015. BEAST! Check out the rest of the links for more.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) on TV distribution and Tanaka.
We have an interest in Tanaka,” said Crane, who added he hadn’t been updated by general manager Jeff Luhnow on Tuesday about where the Astros stand. “I know he’s been working on it, so I don’t have any breaking news.
- Jose de Jesus Ortiz (Houston Chronicle) with 25 things to watch for spring training.
- Ray Kuhn (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on the Scott Feldman contract.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— Houston Astros (@astros) January 21, 2014
- Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) says the Rockets win shows just how good they could be.
It was one of those nights. Or more accurately, another one of those nights. Passes whipped around the floor; the ball ended up with players who were open; shots went in.
Penetrators drew defenders; slashers broke to the basket; shots went in.
Big men worked inside; wings made entry passes. And, oh yeah, shots went in.
- Clutch (Clutchfans) says Patrick Beverley deserves to start over Jeremy Lin.
- Michael Ma (SpaceCityScoop) on the James Harden All-Star promo.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
So happy to play for the Rockets. It’s been a real blessing. Join us for Israel night at Toyota center… http://t.co/8eLKqrdsDJ
— Omri Casspi (@Casspi18) January 21, 2014
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) on the Texans offensive coordinator (or lack thereof).
O’Brien said last week he’ll call the Texans’ offensive plays during his first year. While it’s not uncommon for new coaches to guide an offense, O’Brien could handle several critical duties in 2014, including taking over a team that finished an NFL worst 2-14 last season, preparing a new starting quarterback — potentially the No. 1 overall pick of the draft — and reconfiguring an offense that ranked 11th out of 32 teams in average yards per game (347.3) but 31st in average scoring (17.3).
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) on Texans ticket prices remaining steady.
- James Palmer (CSN Houston) (Video) spoke with GM Rick Smith at the Senior Bowl.
- Texans tweet of the day…
— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) January 21, 2014