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Astros Crawfish Boil: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Framber Valdez prepares to “ace” a rotation for the 2023 season.

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2022 World Series Game 6: Philadelphia Phillies v. Houston Astros Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Here’s the Wednesday Boil!

No pressure: Valdez ready to be Astros’ ace (

Why Jose Altuve might be the Astros’ most sensible extension candidate (

Houston Astros exploring different role for Michael Brantley in 2023 (

How Houston Astros closer Ryan Pressly is mirroring a franchise legend (

Abreu on transition to the Astros (

How former top prospect could be even bigger piece of Astros 2023 puzzle (

An Astros player needed to bulk up. How? By scarfing down everything in sight. ($$)

The Five Houston Astros Most Impacted by MLB Rules Changes (

AL West News

2023 Rival Preview: The Oakland A’s have no interest in winning baseball games (
This has to be embarrassing. Unlike Houston’s tank around nine-to-11 years ago, this one has no end in sight. Non-divisional opponents are even piling on.

Motivated Marco Gonzales is Seattle’s ancient Mariner: ‘Fire is always lit’ (

After latest spree, Rangers know: ‘It’s time to win’ (

The dream Los Angeles Angels Opening Day starting lineup and pitcher (

Other MLB News

How MLB’s New Rules Could Change Baseball In 2023 (

Sarris: Ten young MLB pitchers poised to break out this season (

MLB Power Rankings: Picking baseball’s top 10 lineups entering 2023 season with Braves, Astros at the top (

MLB rumors: Luke Voit joins Brewers; baseball’s No. 2 prospect in early stages of extension talks (

5 pitchers who could lead MLB in strikeouts this year (

Milwaukee Burn(e)s a Bridge (
It’s not that Milwaukee couldn’t come to terms with Burnes and had to go to arbitration. It’s the incredible things they said to him at the hearings. A terrible misfire by Milwaukee.

Could a dispute over $750K cost Brewers their ace? (

CEO John Angelos wants the Orioles to be ‘the next Tampa.’ What happened to the next Houston? | ANALYSIS ($$)

An Exceptional Season in the Annals of Stealing Home (