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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 19th, 2018

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It’s a Brantley-palooza in the links today
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Astros News

The signing of Michael Brantley shows that the Astros are in a perfect spot (SB Nation)
So let’s take a look at why they went out and got the newest Astro (Astros County)
And here’s how he changes the dynamic of the lineup (Texas Sports Nation)
Including these three things in particular that he brings to the offense (House of Houston)
In addition to changing up the offense, the deal has also created a surplus in the outfield (The Athletic, $$$)
And it also changes up the math on Kyle Tucker (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
As well as with Reddick, who hopes to stay but understands that things can change (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
There’s also some non-Brantey related stuff, as Bregman spent the weekend umpiring for youth baseball (ABC 13)

Around the League

Looks like we’ll get some looks at Matt Harvey as he joins the Angels on a two-year deal (Sports Illustrated)
Utility man Daniel Descalso got his own two-year deal with the Cubs (CBS Sports)
Carlos Beltran will go to work for the Yankees’ front office (MLB Trade Rumors)
According to the Mets GM, the Mets are now the NL East favorites (ESPN)
It’s always good to remember each team’s biggest FA screw-ups during hot stove season (Bleacher Report)
Trey Hillman, the Marlins new 1B coach, has one of the most impressive resumes you’ve never heard of (The Ringer)
This is one of the best lists to Santa I’ve ever seen (The Hardball Times)
The Twins are set to retire Joe Mauer’s number 7 this year (Houston Chronicle)
Here are some predictions for the business of major league baseball this year (Forbes)
‘A League of Their Own’ Director Penny Marshall passed away at 75 yesterday, leaving behind a lifelong love of baseball (NY Daily News)
And that movie is still inspiring women in the sport today (USA Today)