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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 11, 2015

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Is the Ken Giles deal done yet?

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News

MLB rumors roundup: Astros shopping outfielders? - MLB Rumors- ESPN
A look at the rumors around Nashville, beginning with what the Houston Astros might do next after acquiring reliever Ken Giles.

Astros to sign Tony Sipp to three-year, $18 million deal - Ultimate Astros
Lefty's retention is second bullpen move made at Winter Meetings.

Dealing Ken Giles to Astros helps Phillies follow rebuilding plan - The Morning Call
The Phillies have traded closer Ken Giles to the Houston Astros helping them continue along the path of their rebuilding plan.

Signing of Sipp completes Astros' bullpen twin killing - Houston Chronicle
The Astros pulled off the bullpen one-two punch at the winter meetings again.

Hinch up to the challenge of heightened expectations for 2016 Astros | FOX Sports
Astros will have more attention next season, and A.J. Hinch is looking forward to it.

Winter meetings winners and losers
Every year, some teams come away from the winter meetings feeling they achieved something, and some leave feeling they didn't help themselves. This year, one team managed to do both.

MLB News

The Mets made a smart trade and a wise signing, but they shouldn't be done - SBNation.com
Neil Walker should help, but the problem with the Mets is that they're almost too adequate.

If the Nationals want to extend Bryce Harper, all they have to do is ask - SBNation.com
Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Bryce Harper extension talk, the Mets' pair of moves and Mookie Betts: Professional Bowler.

Analyzing the Phillies' haul in the Ken Giles trade - The Good Phight
The Phils' former closer is now a member of the Houston Astros. So who did the Phillies get in return?