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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 4, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros news for Friday, December 4, 2015.

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Astros News

Why The Rays Traded For A Catcher Who Can’t Throw | FiveThirtyEight
On Wednesday night, the Houston Astros traded backup catcher Hank Conger to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations, just minutes before the midnight deadlin…

Astros have replacements for Chris Carter, Hank Conger - Ultimate Astros
With the Astros opting not to bring back slugging first baseman Chris Carter and backup catcher Hank Conger, it's time to look to the future.

Houston Astros don't offer contract to slugger Chris Carter
The Houston Astros declined to offer Chris Carter a contract for 2016 on Wednesday, making the slugger a free agent.

Rays trade rumors: Astros discussing Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger - DRaysBay
Talks are heating up for the Rays two best relievers

Conger's trade leaves door open for Stassi with Astros - Houston Chronicle
Max Stassi was part of the deal that brought Chris Carter to Houston in February 2013. Coincidentally, the night Carter said goodbye to the Astros almost three years later could prove to be the same night Stassi fully arrived.

Former Houston Astros player Hunter Pence proposes to girlfriend Alexis at Disney World |
San Francisco Giants star Hunter Pence is engaged, and it was all caught on camera!

Alvarez, Carter and the sharp decline of the one-dimensional slugger -
Pedro Alvarez and Chris Carter were both non-tendered this week. The moves show MLB teams are starting to move away from one-dimensional sluggers.

MLB News

Cliff Lee wants to pitch again, but who knows if he will -
Friday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Cliff Lee's medical clearance, awful Diamondbacks' uniforms, and Kenta Maeda's posting.

Kenta Maeda to be posted to MLB by Hiroshima Carp, per reports -
Japanese right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda will reportedly be posted to MLB by the Hiroshima Carp, adding one more attractive starting pitcher to this winter's free agent market.

The Arizona Diamondbacks brought back the snakehead logo and introduced EIGHT new uniforms -
Gotta keep your options open.

Nori Aoki signed with Mariners in part to win a World Series, but mainly to get good coffee -
Gotta start your morning on the right foot.

The last team to start 20-0 like the Warriors was so good that its league folded -
It's been 131 years since a team was as good as the Warriors. And that team was the result of an unfair selection process that led its league to ruin.

MLB free agent predictions: Where will Ben Zobrist sign? -
Baseball's perfect player will have a lot of suitors. But which one will ignore his age to give him a big contract?