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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 30th, 2019

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Astros News

Justin Verlander said he “wouldn’t be opposed to” talking extension with the Astros, and neither would I (Twitter)
He is here through 2019 at least, so let’s preview the rotation (Last Word on Baseball)
Could that rotation include Dallas Keuchel on a team-friendly contract? (Houston Sportsmap)
What can we even make of Keuchel’s offseason anyways? (FanGraphs)
Even without Lance, the Astros’ rotation ranks 2nd among hardest throwers for 2019 (Astros.com)
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate Tyler White’s second half of 2018 (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
AJ Hinch sat for a little chat with KPRC2 about his players and the hunger for another championship (Click2Houston)
Alex Cintron has had an interesting journey on his way to becoming the Astros’ hitting coach (The Athletic, $$$)
Play your cards right and you may just get a visit from Orbit this Valentine’s Day (ABC 13)

Around the League

Remembering the unwritten rules is hard, but Grant Brisbee has you covered when it comes to being a baseball fan (SB Nation)
Jenrry Mejia, former recipient of a lifetime MLB ban, will play for the Red Sox on a minor league deal after being reinstated (ESPN)
Neil Walker also got himself a deal, agreeing to play for the Marlins in 2019 (MLB Trade Rumors)
The team that’s able to land Realmuto will pick up not just the best catcher but also one of the best athletes in baseball (CUT 4)
Here are all 30 teams ranked by their homegrown talent (Bleacher Report)
Part of the concern with salaries and a slow offseason is what minor leaguers have to do to make ends meet (Sporting News)
Here are the best tools among the top 100 prospects in baseball (MLB.com)