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Cody Poage

Phil Maton is a reliever to watch in 2022

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A trade deadline acquisition from Cleveland may hold a prominent role in the Astros’ 2022 bullpen.

When the Astros traded Myles Straw to the now-Cleveland Guardians during last season’s trade deadline, I honestly thought a more significant trade was in the works. Perhaps for Byron Buxton? We may never know. Little did we also know the faith that James Click would have in Chas McCormick, Jake Meyers, and Jose Siri in center field, but the Straw trade...

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Theo Gerome

David Ortiz is the BBWAA’s Lone 2022 Inductee, but Several More Poised to Follow

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Only David Ortiz met the threshold for induction this year, but the outlook is bright for some who fell short.

On Tuesday, we finally got the final part of the Class of 2022 for the Hall of Fame. On his first ballot, David Ortiz reached induction, appearing on just shy of 78% of ballots.

Official 2022 results from the BBWAA

I have a variety of thoughts on Ortiz’s induction, and they’re pretty much all positive. I don’t know that you could tell the...

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Dan Martin

MLB’s threat to lose games confirms that the league’s lockout was always a cynical ploy

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Suspicions stemming from the early days of the lockout have been validated.

On Dec. 2, in the wake of Major League Baseball’s implemented lockout, commissioner Rob Manfred wrote “A letter to baseball fans.” In the eight-paragraph missive, one sentence stood out:

This defensive lockout was necessary because the Players Association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive.

Ignoring the comical...

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CKuno

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 26th, 2022

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My lack of surprise at the HoF voting being revealed as a popularity contest among baseball writers who take themselves way too seriously is palpable

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Lockout Lambada In a move that was fully expected, David Ortiz has officially been named to the Hall of Fame (MLB Trade Rumors) But the bigger conversation is about the big names that...

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Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Crawfish Boxes

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Coming Thursday, comments will look different.

Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation.

This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.

Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL...

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Jimmy Price

Astros Top Three Catcher Prospects For 2022

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Check out the top three catching prospects for 2022

Now that 2022 is here, it is time to start looking at the top three prospects at each position as we lead up to the Astros top 30 prospect list. We this rankings, I will focus on prospects who primarily...

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CKuno

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 24th, 2022

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All these crazy football games make me yearn for a crazy baseball game

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Lockout Lambada CBA negotiations continue as the MLBPA is expected to make a counteroffer to the league at an in-person meeting today (ESPN) Business for the Hall of Fame continues during the lockout as winners will be announced on Tuesday (MLB.com) Assuming...

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Braves took funny shot at Astros on Twitter

The Braves will never forget that they clinched last year's World Series in Houston.

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Is Baseball Facing A Period of Irrevocable Decline or Growth? 

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Can something be both dying and ready to be reborn?

Everyone has an opinion. That opinion can color the perception of an event or action. Take for example the concept of a rainy day. If you look out your window, you see that it is raining. Precipitation is falling from clouds super-saturated with water. This is not in dispute. However, what your view of that precipitation can be different from person to person. For the...

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CKuno

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 21st, 2022

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So long, Skeeters, may you always play your music in the sun

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Lockout Lambada MLB and the Player’s Association are set to meet in person on Monday as they continue to very slowly negotiate the CBA (MLB.com) And it’s expected that the MLBPA will come with an economic proposal on hand for the owners (MLB Trade Rumors) Something...

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Carlos Correa Rumors: Astros Star Wanted $330M Free-Agent Contract Before Lockout

Free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa was reportedly asking for between $330 million and $350 million on the open market prior to the MLB lockout. According to...

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Carlos Correa reportedly had pre-lockout asking price of at least $330M

It is unclear whether or not this pause in the baseball offseason could impact Correa’s demands, or if his position atop the free-agent market will keep him relatively immune to the lockout’s effects on the market as a whole

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Dan Martin

The Astros may have the assets to pursue a significant trade. Should they?

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Improved depth could embolden the club to make more names available in trade talks, thus enabling them to target higher caliber big leaguers.

It’s been almost seven weeks since Major League Baseball and its owners imposed a lockout. The league made a proposal to the players’ union on Jan. 13, and it’s predictably made no impact on negotiations, according to reports. The players are expected to make a counteroffer, but the general sentiment is...

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CKuno

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 19th, 2022

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I don’t believe that Correa hiring Boras is the death knell that a lot of fans seem to think it is, but Boras sure won’t be a helper

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Lockout Lambada The Sugar Land Skeeters have announced that they will rebrand following an official unveiling this weekend (Twitter - Jose de Jesus Ortiz) But the new name has already leaked, and it...

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Free-agent Carlos Correa switches agents to Scott Boras

Former GM Jim Bowden thinks that Correa may have come to the conclusion that he made the wrong decision when he didn’t sign before the lockout and that Boras may have provided him with better guidance.

Yardbarker: Houston Astros

Carlos Correa switches agencies, hires Boras Corporation

Correa will exit the lockout with the sport’s most high-profile agent in his corner to help him navigate what is widely expected to be a chaotic frenzy of activity.

Bleacher Report - Houston Astros

Carlos Correa Switches Agents, Hires Scott Boras Amid MLB Free Agency

Free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa will have new representation as he pursues a new deal this offseason. ESPN's

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Juan Páez

After what Yuli and Yordan have done, the Astros continue betting on Cuban talent

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For two straight international signing periods, Houston has signed top Cuban prospects. Last round it was Pedro León. And now it’s Kenni Gómez.

Just a few years ago, the Astros couldn’t be counted as one of the teams with a history full of Cuban players. For example, they were far away from the White Sox, the Yankees, the Athletics, or the Twins. As a matter of fact, Houston didn’t have a Cuban-born ballplayer between 1979 and 2015. But in 2016,...

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CKuno

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 17th, 2022

We hope that Martin Luther King Jr. Day brings a chance for everyone to reflect on the importance of diversity in America as well as the sports we love

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Lockout Lambada MLK Day brings a chance for everyone to reflect on what diversity means to America and the sports we love, which MLB Network will contribute to with a conversation airing tonight (MLB.com) A...

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Spencer Morris

2022 International Signing Period- Top Astros Connections

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International players from the 2022 class will be free to sign with their new clubs this Saturday, and the Astros are linked to some well-regarded names from across the landscape.

With the international signing period opening tomorrow, baseball fans are set to receive some surely welcome transaction news as we continue to wait out a contentious lockout. While officially, tomorrow is supposed to open negotiations between players and clubs, the reality is...

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