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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 18th, 2019

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Astros News

With third base blocked for the time being, could Abraham Toro be the Astros next big trade chip? (The Athletic, $$$)
Joe Smith is the first step in a bullpen rebuild for Houston (FanGraphs)
Here’s a list of the top 5 Houston athletes of 2019, which features three Astros (Houston Sportsmap)
Amy Cole has penned a heartfelt goodbye to Houston fans (ABC 13)
Alex Bregman and Mattress Mack continue trying to get on Santa’s good list, this time by bringing Christmas gifts to a local elementary (KHOU 11)

Around the League

Here are the best and worst free agent deals of the decade for all 30 clubs (ESPN)
And someone has a chance to start a new trend this decade with the top 10 remaining free agents on the market (MLB Trade Rumors)
MLB managers are really not feeling the new three-batter minimum (Sports Illustrated)
Gerrit Cole is the latest in a long tradition of marquee free agent pitcher signings for the Yankees (The Hardball Times)
Terry Francona has had two World Series rings returned to him after they were stolen last month (ESPN)