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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 24th, 2019

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Astros News

Lance is pumped to be back on the mound and I’m pumped that he’s pumped (
Maldonado might have his work cut out for him catching Justin Verlander next season (House of Houston)
How will the new 3-batter minimum affect Astros pitchers? (Houston Sportsmap)
The Astros have promoted Omar Lopez to First Base coach (Houston Chronicle)
The Cardinals hacking the Astros’ data banks is one of the top 25 baseball stories of the decade (NBC Sports)

Around the League

Where does Gerrit Cole’s monster contract fit into history? (FanGraphs)
Francisco Cervelli is heading to Miami on a one-year deal (ESPN)
While Cesar Hernandez will get a one-year contract with the Indians (AP News)
Nolan Arenado talked a little bit about the trade rumors swirling around him (
Rich Hill and his wife were arrested for trying to enter an NFL game with an oversized bag this weekend (MLB Trade Rumors)
Bandai has teamed up with a Japanese company Mizuno to create some Dragonball Z themed catcher gear and I’m all about it (Hypebeast)