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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 14th, 2018

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Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Astros News

The Astros were pretty quiet at this year’s Winter Meetings (Forbes)
But still remain poised to make a deal (
And here’s what we learned about the offseason based off that week (The Athletic, $$$)
Houston lost a couple of 2015 draftees in the Rule 5 draft yesterday (Houston Chronicle)
Let’s take a deep dive into Berkman’s Hall of Fame chances (FanGraphs)
So long, CFM (Climbing Tal’s Hill)

Around the League

With the Winter Meetings over, here’s a quick recap of the week (Sports Illustrated)
They did finish with a splash as the Mariners, Rays, and Indians exchanged players, including Edwin Encarnacion, and cash (ESPN)
A trade which Jerry Dipoto orchestrated from a hospital bed (CUT4)
There was another trade as well as Alex Claudio will head to the Brewers (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
After years of playing coy, it’s looking like baseball and gambling are taking that next step together (SB Nation)
How much will Dallas Keuchel earn in free agency this year? (MLB Trade Rumors)
Joe Kelly is the first big defection from the World Series champs (Fancred Sports)
This year’s Winter Meetings featured the first Baseball Operations Technology Expo (SportTechie)
In the spirit of one of my favorite Christmas specials, I will be calling Dusty Baker the Heat Miser from now on (Bloomberg)