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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 8th, 2018

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around

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Astros News

Lance knew he needed TJS in August, but wanted to help the team anyways (Houston Chronicle)
And now that he has had it, what does it mean for the Astros rotation going forward? (Sports Illustrated)
They’ll need some sort of strategy to fill the 500 innings void left by injury and departure (House of Houston)
There are also free agent pitching options available (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
There are also other types of free agent options, including Nelson Cruz (NBC Sports)
Which the Astros may need to explore now that they’re in replacement mode with the departure of Marwin (ABC 13)
A departure that could precipitate Yuli as Houston’s next utility man (MLB.com)
The Jays have poached Astros hitting coach Dave Hudgens to be their bench coach (Houston Chronicle)

Around the League

Bryce Harper turned down the biggest contract in MLB history (Sydney Morning Herald)
Which is odd when you look at the problem with his contract season (FanGraphs)
And he’s part of the best free agent class in baseball history that is not as great as we thought (Wall Street Journal)
The best defensive players of 2018 have been announced (SB Nation)
Here’s some news and notes from around the AL West (MLB Trade Rumors)
The Mariners have worked a deal with the Rays that featured a swap of Zunino and Heredia for Mallex Smith (Lookout Landing)
If the Giants decide to do the smart-but-unpopular move and trade MadBum, here are some of the packages that could land him (Bleacher Report)
Read the legend of Jackie Mitchell, the 17-year-old girl who struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig (New York Times)