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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 2nd, 2019

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Astros News

Yesterday’s start was less than ideal for Framber Valdez (Houston Chronicle)
And here’s Hinch talking about that plus some of the other players on the field (Twitter)
One of the things he discusses there is Carlos Correa’s swing, which is looking much improved at this point (
The major players in the bullpen are also starting to see some action as the Grapefruit League gets going (Houston Chronicle)
And they should make up one of the best bullpens the team has ever had (
All of which Lance is watching from the sidelines, but he’s trying to stay focused on the big picture as he recovers (Texas Sports Nation)
Let’s have a look at how the Astros’ offseason stacks up against the rest of the AL West (The Athletic, $$$)
Alex Bregman is working to make baseball the new king of content in the sports world (Houston Sportsmap)
Read the story of the globetrotting Granden Goetzman, who has aspirations beyond his Astros minor league role (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

Major League Baseball is looking to reopen the CBA and possibly extend it (Yahoo Sports)
Now that the dust is beginning to settle, did Machado or Harper get a better deal? (FanGraphs)
The length of Harper’s deal was a factor in his decision as he wanted to play for just one team (Sports Illustrated)
Looks like Salvador Perez might have Tommy John surgery, which would shelve him for 2019 (USA Today)
In less severe injury news, Kershaw still isn’t throwing but looks to be on the road to recovery (ESPN)
The Milwaukee Brewers are managed like the best little league team you’ve ever seen (Brew Crew Ball)
Here are 12 rookies that could factor into the division races this season (Forbes)
Speaking of the youths, here are the top 10 farm systems in MLB right now (