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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 21, 2016

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Is it baseball season yet?

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News

Colby Rasmus doesn't ever want to leave the Astros | Fox News
Rasmus is really enjoying his time in Houston.

Orioles, Astros interested in Yovani Gallardo | MLB.com
The offseason action picked up again Wednesday with a pair of deals for free-agent relievers, as the Mets inked Antonio Bastardo and the Padres added Fernando Rodney, and that wasn't the only news on the Hot Stove. Here's a look at some of the latest rumblings from Major League Baseball's rumor mill.

Astros excited to see next chapter in rise from ashes | www.mystatesman.com
The Houston Astros made a 16-game leap in the standings last year and made the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

Hinch maintains cool confidence for Astros - Houston Chronicle
After first season that saw club defy expectations to reach postseason, manager maintains cool confidence A.J. Hinch masterfully tiptoed around any mention of the playoffs last spring as he entered his first year as manager of the Astros.

Fiers, Tucker ready for raised expectations for Astros
Mike Fiers and Preston Tucker came to Corpus Christi on Wednesday as part of the Astros Caravan.

MLB News

Could the Phillies have bought a contending team for next season? - SBNation.com
It was a buyer's market, and the Phillies are a large-market team spending like a small-market one. Let's give them as many free agents as possible and see if they could compete in the NL East.

Maybe the Mets can sign Yoenis Cespedes after all - SBNation.com
Wednesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes a plan to sign Cespedes, Tim Hudson's new goat and David Ortiz's age-40 season.

Will David Ortiz be a Red Sox problem at 40? - Over the Monster
David Ortiz has shown few signs of decline in recent years, but history has rarely been kind to hitters once they've turned 40.

Bautista or Encarnacion? - Bluebird Banter
With the 2015 off season starting to settle down and most big free agents have signed their deals it got me thinking about next off season for the Jays when they will be faced with the difficulty...

Miguel Cabrera is not concerned about your strikeout stats - Bless You Boys
The Triple Crown winner had a thought on Buster Olney's strikeout tweet.