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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 21, 2015

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Astros News

West Notes: Dodgers, Blash, Astros - MLB Trade Rumors
The Dodgers’ luxury tax bill for the year came to $43.6MM, Ronald Blum of the AP reports.

The Astros can begin the next phase of the bullpen evolution - Beyond the Box Score
The Astros shouldn't limit Ken Giles by placing the closer tag on him.

Astros pitching coach Strom to hold Beckley clinic again - Beckley Register-Herald: Sports
Houston Astros pitching coach Brent Strom will be making his third straight visit to Beckley in January. And while the focus will remain as it has the last two years, there will be a bit of a tweak.

MLB News

Bartolo Colon has a Silver Slugger clause in his contract (!!!). -
Sunday's Say Hey, Baseball marvels at Bartolo Colon's Silver Slugger incentive. Plus, the Brandon Phillips trade may be dead, and sabermetrics made an appearance on Jeopardy!

Nationals 'moving on' from Brandon Phillips trade talks - MLB Daily Dish
The Nats could turn to other options, like Howie Kendrick.

Don't write the Dodgers off yet, you fools -
Even if the Dodgers stand pat, they'll contend. And you know they won't stand pat.

Hisashi Iwakuma is on the Mariners again after the Dodgers backed out -
Friday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the Iwakuma weirdness, the pending Brandon Phillips trade and acceptance in Boston.