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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 17th, 2019

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Astros News

Joe Smith will return to the fold for the 2020 season after signing a two-year, $8 million deal with Houston (
And that signing brings a little more focus to the Astros’ bullpen situation for next season (The Athletic, $$$)
McTaggart has compiled the 10 best plays of the decade for the Astros (
While Jake Kaplan sifted through his mailbag to answer some questions about this offseason and the future of the team (The Athletic, $$$)
Actor Will Smith had some interesting things to say about the cheating scandal (Houston Chronicle)
This hardcore Astros fan is hosting a special screening of the “Rise of Skywalker” for local children living with autism (ABC 13)

Around the League

Here are the big winners of the 2019-20 offseason so far (
Former Astro legend (until September) Wade Miley will return to the NL on a two-year contract with the Reds (
The Brewers have snagged former Ray Avisail Garcia, signing him to a two-year deal as well (Milwuakee Journal Sentinel)
Sergio Romo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins (MLB Trade Rumors)
Here’s a deeper dive into the Kluber trade and his value in today’s MLB (Fangraphs)
The fire at the Rangers’ new stadium shouldn’t delay its opening (ESPN)