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Houston Astros News: July 13, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, July 13, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Mets trade rumors: The Astros have called about Jacob deGrom - Amazin' Avenue
Did the Mets hang up right away or laugh first?

ESPN experts make their predictions for the second half of the 2017 MLB season
Our MLB experts share their World Series picks, the players they think will earn Cy Young and MVP nods, and take the over/under on whether a certain Yankees rookie will hit 50 home runs.

Astros' Alex Bregman Deletes Account After Sending DMs To Critic
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is currently batting .256 in the majors and .000 in online fan interactions. Last weekend, Bregman was apparently searching his name on Twitter, where he seemed to have found the tweets of @AllenH83. Allen was not wholly enamored by Bregman; his tame opinion was that the Astros should look to flip their young infielder, maybe for a pitcher of some sort.

Looking Ahead To The Astros 2017 Stretch Run | Houston Press
We take a look at the prospects for the Houston Astros in the second half of this MLB season.

Cross Jose Quintana off list of potential Astros trade targets - Houston Chronicle
Trade season officially began Thursday morning with one of the best starting pitchers on this summer's market changing teams.

Astros prospect Colin Moran shines in AAA All-Star Game - Houston Chronicle
Moran hit a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning off of righthanded Phillies prospect Tom Eshelman, tying the game at one. Fresno catcher Max Stassi replaced starter Carson Kelly in the fourth inning and singled on a 3-1 pitch from Smith in the bottom of the inning.

On deck: Astros vs. Twins - Houston Chronicle
The Astros play the Twins in a three-game series at Minute Maid Park, beginning Friday.

Around the League

What the Cubs were thinking with the Jose Quintana trade (and how they’d better be right) -
The Cubs and White Sox pulled off a stunning trade out of nowhere. Here’s why.

Butt-themed Reddit accounts had the scoop on the Cubs acquiring Jose Quintana -

The Marlins have always been as weird and mesmerizing as their home run sculpture -
The scale of it, man. The scale of it.

Even if we assume that the seagull is almost as big as the sun only because of perspective, that it’s an optical illusion, it wouldn’t explain the size of the...

Tim Tebow is a better pro baseball player than Michael Jordan was -
It’s the baseball comparison you never asked for.