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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 16th, 2019

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Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around

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Astros News

Here’s hoping for a quick recovery for Astros’ radio announcer Steve Sparks, who suffered a heart attack last week (Houston Chronicle)
According to MLB sources, Astros employees have admitted to using cameras to steal signs in 2017 but didn’t install one specifically for that purpose (SNY)
Lance McCullers will avoid arbitration after agreeing to a one-year deal with Houston that is identical to his previous one (MLB.com)
The Angels and Giants made a trade last week that might just be a template for how the Astros could move Josh Reddick (The Athletic, $$$)
Check out this profile of Astros top 30 prospect Hunter Brown (The Runner Sport)

Around the League

Corey Kluber will head to Arlington after the Rangers were able to make a trade for the former Cy Young winner (MLB.com)
And the deal was a straight up robbery by the Rangers (The Ringer)
The same Rangers whose new stadium caught fire over the weekend, but no one was hurt so feel free to make jokes about it (AP News)
In other starting pitcher news, Madison Bumgarner has inked a 5-year deal with the Diamondbacks (MLB Trade Rumors)
The negotiations between MLB and MiLB are not going well and MLB has essentially threatened to the walk away from the whole damn thing (LA Times)
Anthony Rendon has become Mike Trout’s best teammate since signing with Angels (538 Sports)
Which he did after rejecting the “Hollywood lifestyle” of the Dodgers (ESPN)
The bat used by Babe Ruth to slam his 500th home run has been sold for quite the tidy sum (AP News)