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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 31st, 2018

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Start your final day of 2018 with some of the best Astros links around

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Astros News

I highly recommend y’all take 15 minutes today and watch the story of Justin Verlander’s impossible inning (YouTube - Foolish Baseball)
Brian McTaggart was recently on MLB Tonight to talk Astros and possible moves in the remaining offseason (MLB Video)
He also wrote about the three remaining tasks for 2019 (Astros.com)
Part of that is finding an answer for DH, which has the Astros linked with Seattle for an Encarnacion trade (Bleacher Report)
They’ve also been linked to the Mets as they seem to be kicking the tires on Seth Lugo (SNY)
The Astros are also reported to be “very interested” in Robbie Ray (Sports Illustrated)
And, of course, here is the obligatory “still interested in Realmuto” article (CBS Sports)
Should the Astros try and connect with the Blue Jays again and trade for Randal Grichuk? (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Check out Alex Bregman’s five-story sanctuary (ABC 13)
Former Astro Earl Luckett got to meet his biological family for the first time after being adopted over 50 years ago (KATC.com)

Around the League

The recently inked MLB-Cuba posting deal is good policy for baseball (Beyond the Box Scores)
And also in peril as the Trump administration is reportedly set to block it (7 News Miami)
Here are the best and worst teams of (almost) any sport in 2018 (538 Sports)
We know the Astros’ 3 remaining needs, but what about the rest of the AL West? (MLB Trade Rumors)
Yasmani Grandal made an interesting choice in turning down a 4-year, $60 million deal from the Mets (Bleacher Report)
Rick Ankiel’s story of overcoming the yips to play in professional baseball is an inspiring one, but is it Hall-worthy? (CUT4)
Ohtani recently had a chat about his home runs off of Severino and Verlander this season (Reddit.com)
The Mariners explained their firing of Lorena Martin in a court filing (ESPN)