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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 23rd, 2019

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MLB: World Series-Washington Nationals at Houston Astros Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros News

Jake Kaplan took a whack at projecting the Astros’ 26-man roster for next season (The Athletic, $$$)
The door might be open for Garrett Stubbs in 2020, but it may not be behind the dish (The Runner Sports)
In spite of some offseason changes, the Astros are still high up the list in way-too-early predictions for 2020 World Series favorites (Beyond the Box Score)
Supernerds Carlos and Daniella Correa did a little Star Wars cosplay at the movie theater (ABC 13)
Eric Byrnes brought home a little Altuve for Christmas this year (Instagram)

Around the League

Baseball has changed more than you think in the past 10 years (Sports Illustrated)
Part of that change is an increase in revenue even though MLB teams continue to insult us by pretending they can’t spend more for the on-field product (Beyond the Box Score)
Perhaps a change could come if major league players are willing to stand up for minor league players (The Athletic, $$$)
Hyun-Jin Ryu will head north of the border as he joins the Blue Jays on a four-year, $80 million deal (MLB Trade Rumors)
The blue birds also picked up Travis Shaw on a one-year, $4 million contract (
Old friend Dallas Keuchel is on his way to the White Sox for the next 3 seasons, and it inches them a little closer to the top of the AL Central (Sporting News)
Yoenis Cespedes has had his 2020 salary slashed to just $6 million (Metsmerized)
Umpires have agreed to be a part of testing for automated strike zones (ESPN)
The Hot Stove is actually hot this year, and here’s how it happened (538 Sports)