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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 4, 2016

Is it baseball season yet?

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Astros News

Losing to Win: Tanking, and its role in Major League Baseball | Baseball Essential
Everybody wants to win. It doesn’t matter if it's playing baseball, racing bikes, skipping stones, Monopoly, throwing darts, or anything that requires competition

Here's how you stop MLB teams from tanking and rebuilding -
Don't like teams sitting out a season while rebuilding and accumulating prospects? Here's how to stop it.

MLB Spring Training: Houston Astros Full Preview
The Houston Astros are set to live up to the hype this season. We've got bold predictions in this MLB spring training full preview.

MLB News

Washington Nationals' ongoing dispute with MASN, Baltimore Orioles over TV rights fees affecting spending - Federal Baseball
In a recent court filing, the Washington Nationals claimed that the ongoing dispute with MASN/the Baltimore Orioles over television rights fees is affecting their ability to compete for top free agents and invest in necessary improvements...

If the Nationals can't afford free agents today, they're in trouble tomorrow - MLB Daily Dish
The Nats keep coming in second when they go after big free agents because they're trying to defer money in a market where players have a ton of leverage.

Comparing the Cardinals and Cubs rotations - Viva El Birdos
The two National League foes are set to continue their rivalry this season. Let's see how the rotations stack up.

Manny Machado got a tattoo of his wife's face on his arm -
Well, that's one way to do it.