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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 3, 2015

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros news for Thursday, December 3, 2015.

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Astros News

Chris Carter becomes free agent as Astros trade Hank Conger - Ultimate Astros
Two Astros were sent on their way Wednesday night at the non-tender deadline: first baseman Chris Carter as a free agent and back-up catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Rays for cash.

Chris Carter non-tendered by the Astros | HardballTalk
This wasn't a huge surprise: the Houston Astros non-tendered Chris Carter before last night's midnight deadline, making him a free agent.   Carter is a one-dimensional first baseman who, to be honest, should probably be a DH. In 2015 he hit .a paltry .199 with a .307 OBP.

Houston Astros and Phillies reportedly in talks for Ken Giles?
Houston Astros and Phillies reportedly in talks for Ken Giles? The Phillies appear to want Lance McCullers, Astros not jumping on it.

MLB News

Rays acquire Hank Conger from Astros - MLB Daily Dish
The catcher heads to Tampa, being traded for the second time in as many offseasons.

The Red Sox can afford David Price's ludicrous contract because of their youth - SBNation.com
But that luxury is probably over for the next three years, at least.