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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 30, 2015

Only two days till a new year and a new baseball season.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News

The Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2015 — #19: The Cardinals hack the Astros database | HardballTalk
Baseball and espionage, together at last!

Astros Caravan stopping in Corpus Christi Jan. 20 - Sports - Alice Echo News-Journal - Alice, TX
Before a season in which the Houston Astros are expected to play in October, the team’s fan caravan will make its annual stop in Corpus Christi on Jan. 20, according to the team’s website.

Astros/Phillies Trade Says More About Appel than Giles - TKB
The trade sent Giles and 17-year-old infielder Jonathan Arauz to the Astros for pitchers Mark Appel, Harold Arauz, Thomas Eshelman, Brett Oberholtzer...

MLB News

Yankees acquire Aroldis Chapman, super reliever and possible goblin -
Aroldis Chapman's price fell sharply after domestic abuse allegations, but the Yankees traded for him anyway. How can anyone possibly be surprised?

Reds find a willing trade partner for Aroldis Chapman -
Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes Broadway-bound Aroldis Chapman, the newest Cuban pitching prospect and women in baseball.

Reds Trade Analysis: Who Are Rookie Davis and Eric Jagielo? - Red Reporter
With the trade of Chapman, we'll be taking a glance at what looks like the upper portion of the haul.

Why does nobody want Yoenis Cespedes? - Beyond the Box Score
The top free agent hitter can't seem to attract a suitor.