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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 16th, 2019

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Astros News

The team has officially put the closer question to bed as Osuna will get the call for the 9th (ESPN)
They are also checking the utility player box as Aledmys Diaz will move around the infield for Spring Training (Houston Chronicle)
In fact, there are very few questions for the Astros as they head into 2019 (Houston Sportsmap)
Except for maybe how much of a difference a team that’s fully healthy can make (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Hopefully that will include a 100% Michael Brantley, who is eager for the change (Houston Chronicle)
While a 100% Devo would catapult the bullpen to dominance if he can find the key to regaining his effectiveness (The Athletic, $$$)
George Springer is ready to get it going for 2019 (Houston Chronicle)
Hinch sat down with the Chron for a one-on-one as they take a look at the upcoming season (Texas Sports Nation)
A season that could include the debut of Forrest Whitley, who had his first bullpen of Spring Training (
Cole said that his record arbitration award was a win for all players (Houston Chronicle)
While Verlander said that fatherhood has been a win for him personally (USA Today)
For all the wrestling fans in the area, Minute Maid Park will host the Royal Rumble in 2020 (Bleacher Report)

Around the League

Luis Severino will take the safe bet as he signs a 4-year extension with the Yankees (ESPN)
Now if only Machado and Harper will sign a contract, which would hopefully lead to a flurry of signings (
But what the slow pace of signings won’t lead to is a labor stoppage (Yahoo Sports)
Whatever happened to that Cubs dynasty? (538 Sports)
Here’s the story of how one man and his grandfather bonded over the game of baseball (NY Daily News)
And here’s how 9 fans bonded with being crazy over that same game (CUT4)
The Carolina Hurricanes celebrated their NHL win in a very MLB way (CUT4)