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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 8, 2016

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Astros News

Don't credit tanking for the success of Cubs, Astros - SweetSpot- ESPN
Sure, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa and were top draft picks. But the Cubs have also been built the old-fashioned way: by spending gobs of money.

Jim Crane feeling good about his Astros again - Houston Chronicle
Jim Crane smiled wistfully Friday evening as he remembered how most of the baseball world reacted a year ago when he said he expected the Astros to reach the 2015 playoffs.

Astros, Nationals spring training facility being built ‘in record time'
This time next year, the Nationals and Astros will head elsewhere, not to Viera or Kissimmee, but to West Palm Beach and the new joint facility currently known as the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

MLB News

The Rays are very excited about their new stadium -
Saturday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the Rays' stadium wish list, the five-year anniversary of the Michael Pineda trade and a bad day for the Reds.

The MLB teams that are better than you think they are -
Who has the most underrated lineup in baseball? What about the most underrated rotation and bullpen? We have answers.

Cubs, Jake Arrieta Avoid Arbitration With $10.7 Million Deal - Bleed Cubbie Blue
The big righthander is signed for 2016.

The Blue Jays have 10 days to extend Josh Donaldson before arbitration -
Friday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the start of Blue Jays' extension season, how Ian Kennedy affected the Red Sox and an answer to whether the Super Bowl or World Series reigns supreme.