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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 17th, 2018

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Astros News

The Astros continue to circle Brantley and Cruz while remaining open to trading Reddick (The Athletic, $$$)
But they seem more and more likely to look internally for lefty reliever needs (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Verlander’s Wins for Warriors foundation threw its first-ever 1,000 Christmas Salutes for military families (ABC 13)
Astros super-fan Eugenia Rios led a baseball life, so it was appropriate that baseball was there to take her home (Houston Chronicle)

Around the League

The Mets make another move, this time by bringing Wilson Ramos to the Big Apple (ESPN)
So let’s grade the move to see how both sides fared (Sports Illustrated)
It’s also a factor in the ongoing market for Realmuto (MLB.com)
The Nationals also signed a deal, reuniting with Matt Adams for 2019 (Federal Baseball)
Speaking of, the Nats will join the Red Sox as the only two teams to exceed the luxury tax (MLB Trade Rumors)
Major League Baseball should get its act together on sentencing standards (Cubbies Crib)
Among other free agent notes, apparently Manny Machado is doing some sort of hype tour (CBS Sports)
Looks like American icon Louisville Slugger will go from being owned by a Finnish company to a Chinese one (Woodworking Network)
You may not be aware, but once upon a time baseball was one of the more popular winter sports (Pantagraph)