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Astros Crawfish Boil: December 3, 2022

Jason Castro ended his career in storybook fashion.

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After 12 major league seasons, including parts of eight with the Astros, Jason Castro has announced his retirement. A 2013 American League All Star, Castro retires with a .227/.312/.387 career-slash line, 97 home runs, and 325 RBI.

Houston Astros News

Astros’ Justin Verlander reluctance could open door for other teams (nypost.com)

Astros’ Rylan Bannon: Picked up by Houston (cbssports.com)

Former Houston Astros Prospect De Goti Signs With Miami Marlins (si.com)

Ex-Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel on illegal use of signs: “During the course of the playoffs in ‘17, everybody was using multiple signs” (sportskeeda.com)

Michael Brantley: Top 3 landing spots for the veteran free agent left fielder (sportskeeda.com)

MLB News

Zach Eflin signs with Tampa Bay: How will the most expensive free agent signing in Rays history bolster their rotation? (sportskeeda.com)

Jacob deGrom leaves Mets, signs five-year, $185 million deal with Rangers, per report (cbssports.com)

Flamethrower Shintaro Fujinami posted by Japan’s Hanshin Tigers, could be MLB reliever (cbssports.com)

Dodgers agree to 1-year deal with pitcher Shelby Miller (ballysports.com)

Brewers promote Marti Wronski, say MLB’s only female COO (krdo.com)

Alek Manoah’s Steamer Projection Is a Feature, Not a Bug (fangraphs.com)

Oops! All Astros: Luis Colon

Luis Colon is a five-foot-eight, 160 lb. switch-hitting middle infielder from San Juan de la Maguana, DR. Born on December 2, 2003, he signed to a minor league contract with the Astros on July 14, 2022, and was assigned to the DSL Astros Blue 11 days later.

Colon appeared in 19 games for the rookie club between reporting and the end of the season, but only collected five hits. He was five-for-37 with a double, a triple, and one RBI. He drew five walks and struck out 18 times, stealing two bases in eight attempts.

Defensively, Colon played 64 innings at second base, 26 innings at shortstop, and an inning each at first base and left field, putting up a perfect fielding percentage at each stop.

We didn’t really see enough of Colon to make any long term decisions on his future value. I’d expect him to play a full season with the rookie outfit in 2023.