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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 7th, 2018

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Astros News

Seems a little early to be hitting the panic button on the Astros’ offseason (Texas Sports Nation)
I mean, it’s not like they’re definitely done shopping for a catcher now (
And Pittsburgh’s Francisco Cervelli might just still be a target (Rum Bunter)
Especially after their talks with the Diamondbacks for Goldschmidt fell through (Arizona Sports)
Billy Wagner was just as good as Mariano Rivera, or maybe even better (Call to the Pen)
George H.W. Bush solidifies himself as one of America’s greatest statesmen with a parting shot at the Rangers (Star-Telegram)

Around the League

Former Astros Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have died in a car accident in Venezuela (Yahoo Sports)
The Red Sox make it official and bring back postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi on a 4-year deal (Over the Monster)
The Cardinals also landed a big name with Goldschmidt, which was a dream trade for them (Sporting News)
Also one that seems to indicate the two teams involved are moving in different directions (538 Sports)
And a move that underscores how teams have become either boom-or-bust in modern times (Sports Illustrated)
But that means nothing to baseball’s best team, the New York Mets (Beyond the Box Score)
Who might just see... sigh... Tim Tebow put on an MLB uniform for them in 2019 (Bleacher Report)
The Winter Meetings are getting underway soon, and here are 10 moves to watch for (The Athletic, $$$)
Speaking of the meetings, Cleveland looks to be the belle of the ball this offseason (
Especially after their own rotation has become a little clearer with the Carlos Carrasco extension (FanGraphs)
The Twins have picked up a couple of intriguing castoffs by signing Jonathan Schoop and Ronald Torreyes (Baseball Prospectus)
The Mariners empire of dirt has come crumbling down (The Ringer)