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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 20th, 2019

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Astros News

The Astros have announced several promotions for their baseball operations department (Houston Chronicle, $$$)
Lance McCullers had some thoughts about being unable to pitch in the World Series this year (Twitter)
Meet Shawn Dubin, who might just be the lightest player in the Astros organization (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

The Cardinals have snagged Kwang Hyun Kim, one of the top South Korean pitchers, on a two-year deal (AP News)
The Angels continue to try and improve their rotation, this time with former Brave Julio Teheran (MLB Trade Rumors)
The Brewers have done a quick job of patching the holes left from free agency and, to that effect, have signed first baseman Justin Smoak (FanGraphs)
A Nolan Arenado trade might not be the craziest thing in the world (The Athletic, $$$)
But I’d rather see a Lindor trade to the Reds, which would upend the NL Central and further embarrass the Indians (Sporting News)
Shohei Ohtani has officially completed rehabbing from TJS and looks to return to his two-way role next season (ESPN)
The MLBPA has filed a grievance against the Yankees for trying to void Jacoby Ellsbury’s guarantee on his final year (ESPN)