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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 1, 2016

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Prepare yourself to change 5's into 6's for the next two months after forgetting it is 2016 now.

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Astros News

Kazmir Leaves AL West | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Scott Kazmir is no longer in the AL West, much to the Rangers' delight.

Inside Baseball: 13 big free agents still looking for deals; more MLB notes - CBSSports.com
There are more big-name free agents available heading into the new year than usual, though there's no reason to worry those players won't find big deals with needy teams. Plus news and notes from around MLB.

Houston Astros, Cougars, Rockets exceed 2015 expectations - Houston Business Journal
​When Houston Astros owner Jim Crane told the Houston Business Journal last March that he intended to take his team to the World Series, the plan seemed liked a lofty dream.

Jeff Bagwell keeps potential Hall of Fame call in perspective - Houston Chronicle
During a private reception a night before the induction, the men who defined the Astros' organization for a generation crossed paths at Biggio's Hall of Fame exhibit a few minutes after Bagwell noticed his jersey among the items in the Astros' locker at the Museum.

MLB News

Goodbye, 2015: A personal review of the year in baseball - SBNation.com
Some personal highlights and lowlights regarding baseball in the year 2015.

Dodgers reportedly reach agreement with Kenta Maeda - True Blue LA
The Dodgers have reportedly agreed to terms with Japanese right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda, though terms are not yet known, or official.

Do the Cardinals need another outfielder? - Viva El Birdos
The Cardinals have five players on the roster who can play in the outfield. Do they still need another?

David Price's successful new plan on the mound - Over the Monster
David Price was as good as he's ever been in 2015, and it was thanks to a change in his game plan on the mound.