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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 18th, 2019

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MLB: Spring Training-Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News

Saturday’s game featured another solid performance from Peacock in spite of giving up his first earned runs this Spring (
Josh James would make his return from a quad injury in that game, pitching a clean fifth inning (Houston Chronicle)
Sunday also featured excellent pitching with Valdez going 4 scoreless and Verlander going 6 23 in a minor league game (
There was also the little matter of Hinch serving his suspension over the Hernandez flap (Click2Houston)
But Hinch will adapt like he always does, which is part of why he’s such a good fit for the Astros (Texas Sports Nation)
Speaking of adapting, there’s been a hard look at Reddick playing first base this Spring (Houston Chronicle)
Forrest Whitley is wrapping up an excellent Spring, though he probably won’t break with the big-league team (Houston Chronicle)
The whole kerfuffle surrounding Alex Bregman’s contract renewal may be part of the reason Kyler Murray chose football over baseball (Houston Sportsmap)
Here’s a breakdown of all the Astros’ drafts since 2000 and how high they got in the system (Twitter)
Daniella Rodriguez and Carlos Correa sat down to tell the full story of how they met (YouTube)

Around the League

The Blue Jays will do the right thing and raise Minor League salaries, but there’s still more needed (The Athletic, $$$)
Carlos Gonzalez will play for the Indians on a minor league deal, which is a little less than I expected for him this season (ESPN)
The Yankees have made an offer Gio Gonzalez as they try to patch up their injury-laden rotation (MLB Trade Rumors)
Introducing a new type of player, “the Olive” (The Hardball Times)
Let’s take a deep dive into the 2019 postseason odds (
The Brewers’ new spoof video is so fetch (CUT4)