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Super Sunday Astros Links: December 8, 2013

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Astros links including Dexter Fowler, Jeff Luhnow, and George Springer.

Clive Mason

Good morning boys and girls, have your holiday shopping finished? Here are some links for your reading pleasure.

Wednesday Rockpile: Dexter Fowler trade shows the front office has lost its way - Purple Row
In trading Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros for fourth outfielder Brandon Barnes and struggling young pitcher Jordan Lyles, the Colorado Rockies traded a quarter for a dime and a nickel - and then used that 15 cents to buy an over the hill 1B.

What the Heck, Bobby?: A Conversation with Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow, Part 1
I wouldn’t really characterize this as an interview with Jeff Luhnow, but rather as a conversation with him. Everyone I know who has met him for the first time is struck by how easy it is to talk with him. He is approachable, self-effacing, good-humored and highly intelligent. And when he talks to you, you never get the feeling that there is someplace he’d rather be.

What the Heck, Bobby?: A Conversation with Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow, Part 2
In Part 1 of my conversation with Jeff Luhnow, we discussed the state of the Astros farm system, some Rule 5 considerations, the "piggyback" rotation and the makeup of the Astros bullpen. Today, we continue by talking about the Astros Venezuelan presence, a few minor league standouts, one pitcher who appears to have escaped from "Weiland Island" and more.

Pitching on Astros' minds at Winter Meetings | News
The Astros already made a move to beef up their offense earlier this week by trading for Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler, who should occupy the leadoff spot in the lineup. The club's top priority while in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Winter Meetings beginning Monday will be adding some pitching.

CSN Houston and Jim Crane's Long, Strange Trip to Nowhere
No sports fan in Houston really cares why the Rockets and Astros still aren't on TV. They don't care about...

Fowler deal won’t block Springer’s path to the majors
Almost immediately after the Astros acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, the question became how the trade would impact top prospect George Springer?