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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 13th, 2019

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Astros News

The Astros are still on the hunt for a primary catcher this offseason (MLB.com)
But the available choices still on the market are starting to dwindle (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
They have been looking at trades as well, including talking to the Dodgers about Austin Barnes (Dodgers Nations)
Three of the Astros’ minor leaguers were snatched up in yesterday’s Rule 5 draft (Houston Chronicle)
The 2020 Houston Sports Awards finalists have been announced (ABC 13)
Mattress Mack and Alex Bregman got together to surprise a pregnant mother of 8 with $10k worth of furniture (ABC 13)

Around the League

MLB made it official and removed marijuana from its testing protocols for MiLB players while adding cocaine and opioids to its drugs of abuse list (NPR News)
Here are the scouting reports for players picked up in yesterday’s Rule 5 draft (Fangraphs)
Expanding MLB rosters to 26 men may have helped some teams to take a flier on players they wouldn’t have before (AP News)
Now that the winter meetings are officially in the books, it becomes trading season for MLB (The Athletic, $$$)
A few deals went down yesterday starting with the Yankees bringing back Brett Gardner on a one year deal for 2020 (ESPN)
Austin Romine also snagged himself a one year deal and will head to Detroit on a $4 million contract (ESPN)
Martin Perez will head to Bean Town after two straight seasons of having his club option denied (MLB Trade Rumors)
Rumor has it that multiple clubs are talking to the Mariners about a Kyle Seager trade (MLB Trade Rumors)
One of the few thing the Mets have done right recently is extend deGrom on a bargain-bin contract in comparison to other pitchers (Call to the Pen)