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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: March 22, 2015

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Astros news and notes from this past week.

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Good morning boys and girls. The Astros inch ever closer to the newest baseball season, but then news links.

Houston Astros insuring their future | FOX Sports
The Astros' approach to their future is much like that of an insurance company: By attempting to lock up its prospects with extensions, Houston is betting that the long-term rewards will outweigh the short-term risks.

Astros an undercurrent as Theo Epstein and Billy Beane discuss young players and rebuilding - Ultimate Astros
The Cubs remain a foil to the Astros. They’re not the first two teams to undertake a tear-down-and-rebuild plan, but the Cubs have the most similar timeline to the Astros, going through a somewhat parallel process while working under the same collective bargaining agreement.

Astros’ Collin McHugh throwing by the book - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
After failing to follow through on his plan to read a book a month in 2014, Houston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh is determined to meet that goal

New AstroTurf Gets Bad Reviews! – This Forgotten Day in Houston - Bayou City History
March 20, 1966: On this day, after an exhibition series between the Astros and Dodgers, players complained about the newly installed AstroTurf.

Call to Hall hasn't changed Biggio's demeanor | astros.com
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Though working with players at Spring Training is certainly nothing new for Craig Biggio, his arrival at the Astros' Spring Training facilities on Monday marked the first time he's done so with the words

Houston Astros To Have Much Improved Offense In 2015
Baseball Essential is a fast-growing team of correspondents dedicated to connecting players, writers & fans to a multimedia platform.

Astros open to but not seeking trade with roster ‘logjam’ - Ultimate Astros
Here’s a task for an Astros fan: find a reasonable way to get Jason Castro, Evan Gattis, Jon Singleton, Colby Rasmus, Jake Marisnick, George Springer and Chris Carter into a lineup for opening day.

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Houston, We Have Bullpen Problems: Astros Have Closer Crisis | XN Sports
Felipe Melecio examines the woeful state of Houston's closer situation and what it could mean for your fantasy baseball teams.