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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 1st, 2019

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Astros News

The battle for the fifth rotation spot has a new contender as Peacock came out firing in his start yesterday (
And he was able to use lessons in that start that he picked up during his time in the pen (Houston Chronicle)
Though there are some who think the Astros should just shove Whitley into the rotation and never look back (Houston Sportsmap)
The lineup for the game also featured some of the Astros’ regulars getting at bats (Texas Sports Nation)
Bregman is set to return to the plate this Saturday in a game that will feature Altuve back at 2nd (ESPN)
Bregman also expressed interest in signing an extension with Astros, which I endorse wholeheartedly (
We may still be four weeks away, but there’s already chatter about the opening day roster (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Though it could become a little clearer if they bring back a certain bearded pitcher they’ve been in contact with (Sporting News)
Either way, Hinch will be looking to the little things to maximize his payout in 2019 (Houston Chronicle)

Around the League

Bryce Harper is officially a Very Rich Man as the Phillies deliver on their stupid money promise (FanGraphs)
And the signing should make the Phillies considerably better in 2019 (Sports Illustrated)
Which also has the potential to catapult the 2019 race for the NL East into one of the better ones (The Ringer)
Might as well take a look at the two biggest contracts in baseball history while we’re at it (Sporting News)
And though his won’t be on that level, Keuchel is still one of the best free agents out there (Houston Chronicle)
In non-stupid money news, the Blue Jays have scooped up Clay Buchholz (MLB Trade Rumors)
They’ve also picked up former Astros great pitcher Bud Norris (MLB Trade Rumors)