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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 5th, 2018

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Astros News

Houston brings former Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos into the fold for the 2019 season (Houston Chronicle)
So what does that mean for the Astros’ catching situation? (FanGraphs)
The signing saw a variety of responses from both Astros and Rangers fans (Star-Telegram)
It also doesn’t preclude the Astros from pursuing Realmuto, and here’s a package that might work (House of Houston)
Or maybe they should just go all-in on Bryce Harper (Houston SportsMap)
The Mariners are tearing it all down this year, but what does that mean for the Astros? (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Carlos Correa’s fiancee Daniella has selected a couple of Astros wives for her bridesmaids (ABC 13)

Around the League

Patrick Corbin will join the Nats on a monster 6-year, $140 million deal (Houston Chronicle)
Which gives them a rotation that will strike fear in the hearts of men (Sports Illustrated)
And simultaneously weakens the starting pitcher free agent market (NBC Sports)
Apparently the big Cano/Diaz trade was partially fueled by the Mets’ desire to block the Phils from getting Diaz (ESPN)
It’s also a trade that shows that the Mariners will follow the modern philosophy for rebuilding (Yahoo Sports)
It’ll certainly help them that Seattle acquired one of the league’s most improved hitters (Beyond the Box Score)
Even if they did trade this year’s recipient of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award (Kamloops Matters)
Let’s take a look at baseball’s newest stat, DRC+, in comparison to OPS+ and wRC+ (Baseball Prospectus)
Rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani isn’t as confident as one would expect (Kyodo News)
The Red Sox have accepted an invitation to visit the White House as this year’s WS champs (CBS Sports)