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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 13th, 2020

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Astros News

Springer and the Astros are heading to arbitration with the widest salary gap this offseason (
So what does this mean for Springer’s future in an Astros uniform? (Houston Sportsmap)
The Astros did manage to sign 4 arbitration-eligible players before the deadline though, and here’s a quick rundown (Click2Houston)
Justin Verlander has landed at #75 in the Athletic’s top 100 greatest baseball players (The Athletic, $$$)
Hal Smith, former Colt .45 catcher, has passed away at the age of 89 (Houston Chronicle)
Carlos Correa is raising money for Puerto Rico after it was hit with an earthquake last weekend (ABC 13)
The Astros will kick off their 2020 caravan today in Conroe, and here’s a list of dates of personnel who will be there (ABC 13)

Around the League

Realignment, robot umps, and the universal DH might all be on the table during the next decade of baseball (The Athletic, $$$)
Mookie Betts and Kris Bryant were able to avoid arbitration with some pretty big deals (AP News)
The Twins and Miguel Sano have agreed to a 3-year extension for the young slugger (ESPN)
Alex Wood and the Dodgers will reunite on a 1-year deal that could be worth as much as $10 million with incentives (MLB Trade Rumors)
Todd Frazier will head to Arlington one a 1-year contract with the Rangers (ESPN)
A deal to send Nolan Arenado to St. Louis is gaining steam according to MLB sources (
The advent of replay and technology in the game has ramifications beyond just the current sign stealing scandal (Sports Illustrated)