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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 15th, 2019

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Astros News

If you need help getting pumped, check out these pics from the first day of Spring Training (Mission Control)
Out of MLB’s top 100 players in baseball, Altuve and Bregman clocked in at 6 and 7 (Twitter)
Verlander has expanded on his thoughts when it comes to free agency and rebuilding teams (Houston Chronicle)
While Cole expanded on his thoughts about “the Opener” (Texas Sports Nation)
Now if only they both would expand on their contracts with the Astros so we don’t have to worry so much about 2020 (Houston Chronicle)
Part of that worry is because McHugh will also be a free agent then, but for the moment he’s relishing his return to the rotation (
Let’s take a deep look at why the Chirinos signing was actually a solid fit for the Astros (House of Houston)
Altuve and Chirinos recently talked about the ongoing unrest in their home country of Venezuela (Houston Chronicle)
Carlos Correa and fiance Daniella Rodriguez had a little Valentine’s Day fun with the (almost) Newlywed Game (YouTube)
While Collin and Ashley McHugh continued a Valentine’s tradition that I wish I could get my wife on board with (CUT4)
Bregman responded about the “controversy” surrounding his desire to beat the Red Sox (ESPN)

Around the League

Noted jerk Trevor Bauer was surprised when people noted that he’s a jerk in the arbitration process (MLB Trade Rumors)
Spring Training is upon us, so let’s do a preview extravaganza (The Athletic, $$$)
Which also makes it a good(?) time to look at the latest free agent rumors (
Also time to gear up for fantasy drafts, so let’s try to answer some burning questions (CBS Sports)
deGrom has informed the Mets that he won’t negotiate an extension during the season and may self-impose an innings limit (ESPN)
There is no tanking problem in baseball (Viva El Birdos)
I’m totally not jealous of this guy who found a 1921 Babe Ruth baseball card for $2 (KAIT 8)