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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 21st, 2018

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Astros News

After a partnership lasting years, Jeff Luhnow is happy that Mike Elias will get his chance as the Orioles’ new GM (Astros.com)
And Forrest Whitley is pretty happy with Jeff Luhnow’s decision-making (12up)
Which includes the decision to protect Single-A pitcher Bryan Abreu in the Rule 5, but why? (The Athletic, $$$)
Justin Wilson offers a low-risk, high-reward free agent option for the Astros (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Will Aledmys Diaz be the answer for the suddenly vacant utility role? (The Sports Daily)

Around the League

Adrian Beltre calls it a Hall of Fame career after 21 seasons in the bigs (MLB.com)
And he’ll take a good portion of baseball’s fun with him (Sports Illustrated)
After missing out on Gerrit Cole last season, the Yankees were able to grab the best starter on the market this year (538 Sports)
Speaking of starters, let’s have a look at the next one to come out of Japan (FanGraphs)
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a list of all the players to get added to 40-man rosters (MLB Trade Rumors)
In a move proving that 30-homer seasons ain’t what they used to be, the Rays have designated C.J. Cron for assignment (DRays Bay)
While the Mets have released the once up-and-coming, but now tarnished, reliever Jenrry Mejia (Houston Chronicle)
For one magical summer, the Mariners made chapulines into a social media sensation (La Vida Baseball)
Amazon hopes to enter the live sports by making a bid for 22 former Fox regional sports networks (Sport Techie)
There’s drama in the panhandle as the Amarillo Sod Poodles fight for their own trademark (High Plains Public Radio)