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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 12th, 2018

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Astros News

For one hot minute back in July, Bryce Harper was on his way to Houston (Houston Chronicle)
And now the Astros might be setting their sights on James Paxton (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
With at least one package that would be able to land him (House of Houston)
Of course, the need for starting pitching is just one part of the Astros’ offseason outlook (MLB Trade Rumors)
Carlos Correa has undergone surgery for a deviated septum that was impairing his breathing (Yahoo Sports)
Altuve, also recovering from surgery, says he’ll be 120% ready for Spring Training (CBS Sports)
And just to cover all the recent surgery patients, LMJ had a Q&A session with Jake Kaplan (The Athletic, $$$)
Astros #21 prospect Abraham Toro has been trending up in the AFL this year (MLB.com)
Justin Verlander and Kate Upton welcome their daughter Genevieve to the world (ESPNW)
Alex Bregman has added wedding crasher to his resume (ABC 13)

Around the League

Someone is going to make Manny Machado a very rich dingus (SB Nation)
But he may still get less than Bryce Harper, who was right to turn down that monster contract from the Nats (Beyond the Box Score)
Which placed him squarely in the spotlight for free agency this winter (Sports Illustrated)
If there’s one thing Joe Mauer did during his career, it was live up to the hype (Baseball Prospectus)
There’s a lot on baseball’s agenda this winter (Boston Globe)
But on most team’s agendas is signing free agent Patrick Corbin (CUT4)
Those who don’t land him may end up offering a bigger haul for Sonny Gray than one would expect (New York Post)
They would do well to use FanGraphs’ updated prospect valuation system when doing so (FanGraphs)
Mookie Betts is just playing in all sorts of World Series this year (CUT4)