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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 14, 2015

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Astros News

Philadelphia Phillies get former No. 1 pick Mark Appel from Astros for Ken Giles
Reliever Ken Giles has been traded from the Phillies to the Astros in a package headlined by former No. 1 pick Mark Appel.

AL West Notes: Gordon, Eppler, A's, Beane, Forst, Astros - MLB Trade Rumors

With Ken Giles locked up, Astros now searching for a starter or bat - Ultimate Astros
With premier bullpen arms Tony Sipp and Ken Giles in the fold, the Astros can turn their attention to adding starting pitching and possibly a position player.

Astros include Appel to complete Giles trade - Houston Chronicle
The Ken Giles deal was at last finished Saturday, bringing the Astros a high-powered bullpen arm from the Philadelphia Phillies in a trade that includes a tinge of sticker shock at first glance, but more comfort upon a closer look.

Tony Sipp finalizes three-year contract with Houston Astros
Tony Sipp got his wish for remaining in Houston by finalizing an $18 million, three-year contract with the Astros.

Astros' Carlos Correa gives back | abc13.com
Astros star Carlos Correa will celebrate his holiday season giving back in his native Puerto Rico.

Trade from hometown Astros bittersweet for Appel - Houston Chronicle
[...] 2013 top overall draft pick excited about opportunity with Philadelphia Long before the Astros made righthander Mark Appel the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, the Stanford University graduate fell in love with baseball by watching Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell at the Astrodome and Minute Maid Park.

MLB News

How will the Cardinals respond to losing Jason Heyward? - SBNation.com
Monday's Say Hey includes the Cardinals figuring out their next move after missing out on Jason Heyward, the Braves having even more pieces to sell and how the Diamondbacks managed to sign Zack Greinke.

The Phillies just traded for all the pitchers - SBNation.com
Sunday's Say Hey includes the Phillies' six newest pitchers, a Jason Heyward-less Cardinals lineup, and the eighth annual Aaron Rowand Day.

A scary Cubs team just became terrifying - SBNation.com
Saturday's Say Hey includes the Cubs getting even better with another big splash, who did and didn't do well at the Winter Meetings and Michael Cuddyer leaving money on the table.

Jason Heyward fits the Cubs perfectly - SBNation.com
That debate about Heyward's true value to a team? The Cubs are one of the few teams in baseball that doesn't have to care.

Grading the trades and free agent signings from the 2015 Winter Meetings - SBNation.com
There are big names still on the board, but here's how to feel about all of the trades and free agent signings that did happen.

Former No. 1 pick Mark Appel goes to Phillies in Ken Giles trade - SBNation.com
Former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel was part of the haul headed to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of the trade that sent closer Ken Giles to the Houston Astros.