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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 18, 2015

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Blah, blah, blah, Star Wars.

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Astros News

Holiday Wish List: Houston Astros | FOX Sports
In the spirit of the season, here are some things the Astros are looking for in the new year.

Dodgers reportedly interested in Leake, Kazmir, Odorizzi | FOX Sports
Dodgers reportedly interested in Leake, Kazmir, Odorizzi

Astros report: 8 not cut-and-dried number for bullpen - Houston Chronicle
Astros manager A.J. Hinch expected to have a 12-man pitching staff in 2015, but the Astros found their best success with 13 pitchers - eight in the bullpen.

Cleveland Indians come to terms with LHP Joe Thatcher on minor league deal | cleveland.com

The Indians, in search of left-handed relief help, have come to terms with veteran Joe Thatcher on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The deal is contingent on Thatcher passing a physical.

MLB News

Nationals, Reds agree to Brandon Phillips trade - MLB Daily Dish
Phillips added fuel to the speculation by tweeting about a trip to D.C. on Thursday night.

Hisashi Iwakuma returns to Mariners on 1-year guarantee - True Blue LA
Reported Dodgers free agent acquisition Hisashi Iwakuma saw his three-year, $45 million agreement with the Dodgers fall apart, reportedly for medical reasons, so he returned to the Mariners on a one-year deal with two vesting options.

MLB free agent predictions: Which team will sign Yoenis Cespedes? - SBNation.com
Spoiler: Not the Mets. But if you're looking for power and athleticism, Yoenis Cespedes might be the best bet remaining.

The Royals reportedly offering Alex Gordon half of what he's worth - SBNation.com
Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the Royals low, low offer for Alex Gordon, the Todd Frazier trade and the Red Sox's farm system.

A's closer Sean Doolittle was so excited about the new Star Wars he got his girlfriend to dress up like Darth Vader - SBNation.com
He even dragged his girlfriend into the festivities.