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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 24th, 2018

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Astros News

Astros owner Jim Crane has released a statement on the passing of Texans owner Bob McNair (Twitter)
Brian McTaggart covers a lot of ground in his most recent mailbag column, starting with whether Houston should bring Marwin back (
What he doesn’t cover is whether a trade for Yan Gomes is the answer for Houston’s backstop needs (House of Houston)
Josh James has retained the services of CAA Sports Agency, among other agency notes from around the league (MLB Trade Rumors)
Missed this a couple of days ago, but the Rays have hired away Astros’ veteran AAA coach Rodney Linares (Tampa Bay Times)
Bregman has been on a charity blitz, and that continued when he returned to his native Albuquerque (KRQE)

Around the League

The time has come for players and owners to compromise on some of the more sensitive issues concerning the game (The Athletic, $$$)
The Daily Dish is handing out five fake awards for the offseason (MLB Daily Dish)
But the real winners might be the teams involved in these potential blockbuster trades (
Mariano Rivera has a very real chance of becoming this first unanimous HoF inductee (ESPN+, $$$)
Potential Astros’ DH target Nelson Cruz doesn’t have a whole lot of options in free agency this year (Beyond the Box Score)
Or Houston could pick up one of the nine first-round draftees left unprotected in this year’s Rule 5 draft (Baseball America)
Or trade for one of the ten 2019 free agents who are be available this offseason (
AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani recently talked about the difference between playing in Japan and the U.S. (CBS Sports)
Thank you, Adrián Beltré (La Vida Baseball)