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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 28, 2015

Everything you need to know that's happening right now in Astros baseball and beyond.

Jeff Luhnow and the Astros are linked in trade talks with almost every available impact player on the trade market.
Jeff Luhnow and the Astros are linked in trade talks with almost every available impact player on the trade market.
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Houston Astros News:

Astros-Angels more than just ‘next series on schedule’ - Ultimate Astros
Tonight, the biggest series of the season so far for the Astros begins at home versus the Angels. David Barron of the Chronicle has more here on the matchup.

Houston Astros Rumors - MLB Trade Rumors
Athletics GM Billy Beane indicated in his comments on the deal that the team could continue to build up lower-level prospect depth in its summer trades, as’s Jane Lee reports. "The Houston Astros have done a really good job of spending the last three or four years really creating a dynamic farm system," said Beane, "and now they’re starting to reap the rewards of that. If we’re ever going to compete, we’re probably going to have to take a somewhat similar approach and at least make sure we’ve got young players that are coming through the system that will be here for a few years."

Latest On Hamels: D'backs Interested, Astros "Making Big Push," Rangers Talking Prospects - MLB Trade Rumors
The Astros are said to be making "a big push" to land Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels.

Craig Biggio visits his Hall of fame plaque |
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- If delivering his acceptance speech before a crowd of 45,000 fans on Sunday after wasn't enough to allow the reality to sink in for Craig Biggio that he had reached the Baseball Hall of Fame, seeing his plaque hanging in the museum's plaque gallery did the trick. Biggio and his family got a chance to see the bronze plaque hanging in the gallery for the first time Monday morning, posing for pictures and smiling from ear to ear while coming to the realization he was now immortalized among the game's greats.

Top 25 MLB players under 25 years old |
Carlos Correa, George Springer and Jose Altuve feature prominently on this list of the very best MLB players under 25 years old.

LAA vs. HOU - 07/28/2015
A look at what's on tap this evening for your Houston Astros. Check back to see a more in depth preview from our writers here at TCB closer to game time!

Teoscar Hernandez on Prospect Team of the Week |
The Astros' Teoscar Hernandez was named a minor league player of the week after hitting .290/.353/.774 with 5 homeruns, 3 walks, and 1 stolen base.

Astros move up Taylor Swift concert for possible playoff run - Yahoo News
From Yahoo News: HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have shaken off Taylor Swift's original tour date at Minute Maid Park in case of a playoff run.

News from around the MLB:

Blue Jays Acquire Troy Tulowitzki, LaTroy Hawkins From Rockies For Jose Reyes And Pitching Prospects - MLB Trade Rumors
The Blue Jays have agreed to a blockbuster deal to acquire shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies.

Trade Market For Starting Pitchers - MLB Trade Rumors
MLBTR takes a look at the remaining starting pitching market, with a breakdown of available players listed categorically by tier.

Rockies Prepared To Deal Carlos Gonzalez - MLB Trade Rumors
After agreeing to trade Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies plan to make Carlos Gonzalez available. Gonzalez is not a good fit for the Astros, but his addition as a platoon option with Shane Victorino in Anaheim could be a devastating addition to the current American League West leading roster, from an Astros fan's perspective.

Dodgers Willing To Listen On Yasiel Puig - MLB Trade Rumors
The Dodgers are telling opposing teams that star outfielder Yasiel Puig could be had in the right deal. His down production this season makes a trade unlikely, and rumors of a bad attitude and bad team citizenry are likely not helping a potential trade, but it appears the Dodgers are at least listening.

Latest On Market For Craig Kimbrel - MLB Trade Rumors
The Nationals, Blue Jays and Astros are among the teams to have shown interest in Padres closer Craig Kimbrel, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.