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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 18th, 2019

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Astros News

Verlander, Cole, and Rogers all had live batting practice sessions this weekend as we gear up for the first game of Spring Training (
And they were surrounded by some young Astros who are a little awestruck at their first big league camp (Texas Sports Nation)
And if Verlander has his way, he’ll be impressing the young bucks for another decade (Detroit Free Press)
Speaking of impressing at Spring Training, Yuli Gurriel will be trying out some different in field positions this month (Houston Chronicle)
While Stassi looks to do some impressing of his own at the catcher position (Houston Chronicle)
Here are some other general goings-on from around Ball Park of the Palm Beaches (ABC 13)
Osuna’s first full season with the Astros will add a very effective weapon to the back end of the bullpen (House of Houston)
Bregman continues to progress as he makes his way back from elbow surgery (
Jeff Luhnow and Mike Elias had a reunion of sorts over the weekend (Texas Sports Nation)
For some reason reporters really want Astros starters to give their opinion on “openers,” and they’re not fans (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

Mike Moustakas will return to Milwaukee after inking a one-year deal (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
And his second journey through free agency is a prime example of how the new system is hurting mid-tier players (Beyond the Box Score)
Cameron Maybin also snagged himself a one-year deal, this time with the Giants (San Francisco Examiner)
The Harper Saga might be drawing to a close as the Phillies are ramping up their efforts to sign him (MLB Trade Rumors)
While on the other side of the country, the Padres have made a hefty offer to Machado (MLB Trade Rumors)
Rob Manfred discussed pitch clocks in Spring Training and free agency in general at a recent press event (ESPN)