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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 16th, 2019

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MLB: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros News

The opener experiment worked out great yesterday but things got pretty ugly after that (Houston Chronicle)
A big reason for that was another poor outing by Framber Valdez, who may have officially worn out his welcome (Texas Sports Nation)
It’s also part of the reason the Astros are sniffing around Robbie Ray as a trade target (MLB Trade Rumors)
And the time might be right to land that big arm for the rotation (Houston Sportsmap)
But the Astros would be better off standing pat than trading for a middling arm (Astros County)
Correa and Diaz will need at least a week rehabbing before they rejoin the team (Houston Chronicle)
Kyle Tucker is working to increase his versatility and give himself a wider path to the majors (The Athletic, $$$)
Alex Bregman and Tony Kemp were on hand to present a new ambulance to the Houston FD (ABC 13)

Around the League

The Cubs have picked up Martin Maldanado from the Royals to help cover their catcher needs (ESPN)
Which seems like a good segue into FanGraphs’ new 2019 Trade Value series (FanGraphs)
The Nationals are bucking the trend and looking for players with age and experience instead of raw youth (Washington Post)
Here’s Mariano Rivera, in his own words, talking about his long and storied HoF career (
Baseball’s data-driven culture can teach us a thing or two in how to live our own lives (Harvard Business Review)
But I’m more interested in learning how these guys play baseball in snowshoes (NPR)