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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 10th, 2019

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Astros News

Jim Crane has expressed confidence in the Astros’ strong nucleus of players, but still thinks the team may push past the luxury tax threshold (
Abraham Toro has come a long way from his Montreal suburb (The Athletic, $$$)
Girardi commented on the 2017 sign-stealing scandal, saying he wasn’t surprised but feels that the Yankees worked to combat it in the playoffs (AP News)
If you ask Alexa, the Yankees have a new owner you might just be familiar with (Click2Houston)

Around the League

Stephen Strasburg is returning to the Nationals after signing a record-breaking 7-year, $245 million deal with them (
But that record won’t stand for very long with Gerrit Cole still taking offers for his services (
In a move that comes too late for Jon Singleton, MLB may stop testing for marijuana in the minors as part of its reformed opioids policy (Sporting News)
It looks as though the MLB draft will move from New Jersey to Omaha and change the date to June 10th (ESPN)
After extending him on a two-year deal last season, the Yankees are now looking to trade J.A. Happ (MLB Trade Rumors)
Brady Aiken’s return to baseball is looking increasingly murky (