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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 13, 2015

Astros news and notes.

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Astros News

Colby Rasmus reportedly accepts qualifying offer from Houston Astros
Colby Rasmus has reportedly decided to become the first free agent to accept a team's qualifying offer by agreeing to the Astros' one-year deal for $15.8 million.

Report: Colby Rasmus to accept qualifying offer from Astros | HardballTalk
Rasmus becomes the first player to accept a qualifying offer.

Astros report: Altuve adds another Silver Slugger Award - Houston Chronicle
Louisville Slugger announced Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve won his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award as the top offensive second baseman in the American League on Thursday.

Astros’ contract negotiation duties taken up by varied group - Ultimate Astros
The Astros have eight arbitration eligible players this winter whose salaries in total could exceed $30 million if all are tendered contracts, using the projections at

Astros keeping tabs on the market as top closers ‘definitely available’ - Ultimate Astros
Jeff Luhnow left the general managers’ meetings midday Wednesday with a sense that a move may well come before the winter meetings in December, which is when the Astros first made a splash last offseason with bullpen signings.

MLB News

The Angels got better with the Andrelton Simmons trade, the Braves got weirder -
You know what the Angels were after. The Braves are a little bit harder to figure out.

Angels acquire Andrelton Simmons from Braves in 5-player trade -
The Angels made a big splash, trading for Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons in a five-player trade, per multiple reports.

Colby Rasmus will reportedly be first to accept MLB qualifying offer -
Colby Rasmus will reportedly return to the Astros in 2016, becoming the first to accept a qualifying offer in the four years of the MLB system.

It would be silly for the White Sox to rebuild -
The White Sox could probably snag a half-dozen of baseball's best prospects if they decided to trade their best players. That's the problem, though.

Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt highlight 2015 Silver Slugger Award winners -
Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt and Josh Donaldson were among the 2015 Silver Slugger Awards announced on Thursday, honoring the top-hitting players at each position in each league in MLB.