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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 7th, 2019

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Astros News

There may not have been a whole lot of moves this offseason, but the Astros are still sitting pretty (
So much so that there’s a legit discussion on how they’ll use the DH (The Athletic, $$$)
That inherent strength has also engendered an expectation of winning in the clubhouse (
Bregman’s rehab continues apace as he has started hitting again (Houston Chronicle)
Which is good because hitting is something he’s built for (The Runner Sports)
And here he is along with Hinch talking about Houston and its sports community at the Houston Sports Awards (MLB Video)
Luhnow recently talked about how the team is hoping to keep Verlander around for as long as he’d like to stay (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Speaking of keeping pitchers around, Cole will have his arbitration hearing next Monday (Houston Chronicle)
We’re about two weeks(!) from the first Spring Training game, so here’s a primer for the Astros’ time in the Grapefruit League (
The team will look to “Take it back” in 2019 as they reveal the new motto, food, and promotions for the upcoming season (KHOU)
Mariners fans are not feeling the motto for some reason (Twitter)
Here are 10 players you may have forgotten played for Space City (

Around the League

The Brewers are eating the Astros’ lunch as they become one of the most data-driven teams in the game (Brew Crew Ball)
MLBTR has a pretty thorough breakdown of the proposed rule changes for baseball (MLB Trade Rumors)
Brad Boxberger will play for the Royals on a one-year deal in 2019 (Royals Review)
While Jeremy Hellickson will do the same for the Nats (Yahoo Sports)
The Marlins are dead set on getting someone’s top prospect for Realmuto, asking for Sixto Sanchez from the Phils (
Baseball will be great in 2019 and here are 19 reasons why (Sporting News)
Let’s make some way-too-early predictions on the 2019 All-Stars (ESPN)