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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 12th, 2018

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Astros News

It’s probably not going to happen, but imagine the lineup with Bryce Harper slotted in (USA Today)
Michael Brantley may not be such a bad consolation prize though (theScore)
There are also some pitchers out there that would fit in nicely with the Astros (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Though that may not matter so much if Forrest Whitley can keep throwing bullets like this one (CUT4)
Lance Berkman deserves to be in the HoF, and here are five reasons why (Houston SportsMap)
You’re going to take some risks when you’re a court-side kind of guy like Alex Bregman (Yahoo Sports)

Around the League

Andrew McCutchen lands himself a pretty decent payday with 3 years at $50 million in Philadelphia (Houston Chronicle)
Speaking of free agents, apparently Troy Tulowitzki is one after being cut by the Blue Jays (CBS Sports)
But this might just be a much-needed fresh start for him (Sports Illustrated)
The Red Sox are looking to shed some payroll in the form of a trade involving Porcello, Bogaerts, or Bradley (WEEI)
They’ll need to lower payroll if they want to keep Joe Kelly, who is drawing attention from half the league (The Sports Hub)
But they could have just picked up infielder Kaleb Cowart to pitch like the M’s did (InstaGraphs)
There’s been a lot of talk but not a whole lot of action at the 2019 Winter Meetings (Forbes)
The same cannot be said for the Orioles, who hired Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as their next manager (ESPN)
Jayson Stark has been named the winner of the 2019 Spink Award (Baseballhall.org)
Jessica Mendoza has signed a multi-year extension with ESPN which includes an expanded studio role (Times Herald-Record)