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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 27, 2015

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Astros News

Innings Eaters :: Colby Rasmus Contract: Will Houston Astros Suffer?
Colby Rasmus’ history making decision to become the first player to accept qualifying offer (only to then have others to follow him) may actually hurt the Houston Astros far more than help. They’ll pay him $15.8 million next season, well above the $9 million Carlos Gomez is set to make as the second highest paid player on the team.

How Canadian scout Jim Stevenson found this year’s Cy Young winners - The Globe and Mail
Stevenson convinced the Astros to draft Dallas Keuchel in 2009, and tried to grab Jake Arrieta out of junior college as a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers

KHOU's Bob Allen gives extra thanks as he continues to battle cancer - Houston Chronicle
Allen said the next significant milestone in his treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will be another round of chemotherapy followed next month by a stem cell transplant that doctors hope will prevent a reoccurrence of the disease.

Aroldis Chapman's Value Remains Unchanged by the Craig Kimbrel Trade | Bleacher Report
The latest Cincinnati Reds news, trade rumors, scores, live coverage, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Atlanta Braves Sign Bud Norris To One-Year, $2.5 Million Deal - Hardball Scoop - Scout
Atlanta Braves added veteran depth in Bud Norris.

MLB News

No one knows what the Dodgers are doing -
Friday's Say Hey, Baseball includes everyone wondering what the Dodgers are planning, Alex Gordon's free agency, and the latest on Jose Reyes' arrest.

A's pitcher gets into Thanksgiving spirit by inviting 17 Syrian refugee families to dinner -
What a great and selfless act by A's Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend.

Why the Red Sox are suddenly willing to spend on pitching - Over the Monster
Long known for avoiding high-priced deals for aging starters, why are the Red Sox willing to spend big on a free-agent pitcher this offseason?

The Nelson Cruz question - Lookout Landing
The Mariners incumbent right fielder was one of 2015's most potent offensive forces, but a change at the top makes his fit for 2016 a bit fuzzy. Let's examine this issue.