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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 1st, 2019

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Start your 2019 with some of the best Astros links around

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Astros News

Let us have a look back with an elegy for the 2018 Houston Astros (FanGraphs)
While we’re looking back, check out this gem about the Astroification of Gerrit Cole (Baseball Prospectus)
Let’s go even further back and peruse the top 30 players in franchise history (House of Houston)
Keuchel’s chances of returning to the Astros are pretty slim (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Here are the top 5 moments in Houston Sports this year, which is pretty Astros heavy (Houston SportsMap)

Around the League

Alright, it’s 2019, so when does spring training start again? (Sporting News)
I guess we can wait a little bit and review nine of the best stories from 2018 (CUT4)
Yusei Kikuchi will continue the trend of Asian pitchers on the West Coast by signing with the Mariners (ESPN)
It’s a free agent face off as MLBTR compares Ottovino, Robertson, and Britton (MLB Trade Rumors)
Here are 5 blockbuster trade deals that could shift the balance of power in 2019 (Bleacher Report)
That list does not include the Blue Jays acquisition of lefty Clayton Richard from the Padres (WLFI)
Roberto Clemente’s family continues to honor his legacy (La Vida Baseball)
The Braves are turning some heads, getting high marks in Baseball America’s “best tools” poll (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A Washington man has begun building bobbleheads for Negro League players (Kings 5 News)