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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 8, 2018

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Houston Astros news and notes from around the league for March 8, 2018.

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Cionel Perez was among the first players cut in Spring Training this year.
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Astros News

Astros send 9 to Minors camp, will option Perez

The first round of Spring Training cuts came about yesterday and there were no real surprises.

Kaplan: How a ‘really big fantasy baseball nerd’ became Jeff Luhnow’s right-hand man

(Paywall Article, Subscription Required and Strongly Recommended) Brandon Taubman has built a really nice name for himself in baseball, but came from a Fantasy Baseball background initially.

Astros’ Gerrit Cole works through damage in spring training start vs. Marlins

A Chron recap of yesterday’s outing from Gerrit Cole.

Fresh off wild ride, Reddick a ‘happy camper’

Outfielder reflects on first year in Houston, World Series title

Astros hoping youth and talent are the antidote for inevitable World Series hangover

What we need is another article about World Series hangovers, natch.

Max Stassi taking a big swing at sticking with Astros

Improved hitting approach leaves catcher with shot

Around The League

When Winter Never Ends

How five days in February reveal what Seattle’s signing of Ichiro Suzuki cannot. The future Hall of Famer is haunted by the life he can’t escape.

Can Major League Baseball Legally Exclude a Woman?

Pretty hard-hitting journalistic work here by Sheryl Ring of FanGraphs. Good read.

Tim Lincecum and the weird gremlin of grief

(Paywall Article, Subscription Required and Strongly Recommended) Tim Lincecum is a guy we should be able to root for even as we wish failure upon the Rangers.

Kenley Jansen called out the teams that aren’t trying to win

Dodgers closer continues to be critical of teams that can’t afford to win the same way his team can.

Dodd: Originally wishing to return to the Royals, Lorenzo Cain is now embracing something new in Milwaukee

LoCain on adjusting to life in Milwaukee.

MLB free agency rumors: Latest on Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, is good news for Yankees, Phillies

It’s getting late early for free-agent starting pitchers left on the open market.