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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 21st, 2019

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Astros News

Bregman’s extension will let the team pay him a little extra now to avoid paying a lot extra later (FanGraphs)
It also gives the Astros a clearer view of where their future lies (The Athletic, $$$)
As well as a player determined to be a success on and off the field (Sports Illustrated)
The crew at MLB Tonight weighed in on that shiny new extension as well (MLB Video)
An extension that may have been unexpected but certainly wasn’t unwarranted (House of Houston)
The rains down in Florida haven’t slowed the pitchers, who are still getting their work in around the weather (Astros.com)
Yesterday showed us a preview of what will likely be the regular top-of-the-lineup for the 2019 season (Houston Chronicle)
Which includes Michael Brantley, who’s letting his play on the field do the talking for him (Texas Sports Nation)
Verlander recently had a sit-down where he discussed how he balances parenting with being a pitcher (FOX News)

Around the League

Ichiro will call it a career after the conclusion of this morning’s game in Japan (MLB.com)
Seems like Eloy Jimenez and the White Sox are looking to get in on the extension action as well (MLB.com)
The Rays certainly did by signing Rookie Brandon Lowe to a six-year, $24 million extension (FanGraphs)
Mookie Betts decidedly did not get in on it as he turned down a $200 million extension offer (MLB.com)
Speaking of the Red Sox, will complacency be enough for them to repeat? (The Ringer)
The concept of Opening Day has been a little bit all over the map in recent years (Forbes)
One solution to the player salary issues going on right now could be to simply expand the league (Red Reporter)