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MLB: Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks
Woulda been nice...
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Astros News

McTaggart answered fan questions in his latest mailbag, including the possibility of a big move at the winter meetings (Astros.com)
Astros fans have come in at #4 in Fandom’s top 250 list (Fansided)
The Chirinos signing, though underwhelming, is a bit of a twist (House of Houston)
One that might just represent a change in philosophy for the Astros (CBS Sports)
But even with that, questions still remain for Houston at catcher (The Athletic, $$$)
The Astros sent a contingent to H.W. Bush’s funeral, including Hinch (Astros.com)
Houston’s High-A affiliate the Fayetteville Woodpeckers are one step closer to finishing their new stadium (The Fayetteville Observer)

Around the League

The Cards make the next Hot Stove splash by trading for Paul Goldschmidt (Houston Chronicle)
Which might just light a fire under the Cubs (Bleacher Report)
The Red Sox seem to be picking up the pace in their pursuit of Nathan Eovaldi (MLB Trade Rumors)
While the Yankees are feeling hesitant when it comes to a reunion with him (NBC Sports Boston)
There seems to be increased interest by owners in banning the shift (NESN)
But such a ban is simply a solution in search of a problem (FanGraphs)
It’s not like the move would make baseball any livelier anyways (Sports Illustrated)
The Bryce Harper sweepstakes might be heating up as we head into the winter meetings (ESPN)
Though the Nationals might be out since they don’t really need him anyways (538 Sports)
DRC+ is helping to demonstrate what Mark McGwire deserved (Baseball Prospectus)
MLB’s oldest rookie, pitcher Merrill Kelly, has had quite the journey from Korea to the MLB (Yahoo Sports)