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William Metzger(bilbos)

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 26th, 2021

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Kuno’s gone, so no clever DEK today

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Astros News How Should We Feel About the Astros in 2021? It’s Complicated. SI.com Smith: Will Carlos Correa’s contract extension be this easy for Astros? Texas Sports...

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Dan Martin

The significance of the two reunions and what they mean for the final weeks of the Astros’ offseason

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The Astros have reloaded, and it’ll impact how they wrap up a pivotal winter.

There are fewer questions for the Astros now than there were at the beginning of last week, a week that transpired in dramatic fashion for the organization. In a surprising move, the Astros re-signed left fielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million contract, and then opted to reunite with catcher Jason Castro, whom they signed to a two-year, $7 million contract.

Given that...

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Astros Re-Sign Michael Brantley

JAN 25: The Astros have announced the deal, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). JAN 21: The Astros have reached a two-year, $32MM agreement with free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley, Mark Berman of Fox 26 reports.

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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 25th, 2021

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RIP in Hank Aaron, there will never be another one like you

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Astros News Click has hinted that the Astros may be mostly done this offseason, so have they met the needs they had at the end of the 2020 season? (MLB.com) They did make a minor move over the weekend, trading LHP Cionel Perez to the Reds for Catcher Luke Berryhill...

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Cody Poage

Recounting the Best of the Springer Dingers by Leverage Index

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Springer is synonymous with dingers.

Following the news that George Springer agreed to a six-year, $150 million deal with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, I spent the better part of the week reflecting on his Astros career. A journey that began way back as the eleventh overall pick in the 2011 draft. Time has flown by and a lifetime of memories was made with the World Series MVP right in the middle of the action. There were extraordinary highs and calamitous...

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Cody Poage

SB Nation Reacts: The Universal DH Debate

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Astros fans, sign up HERE to join Reacts.

If you’d recall, the universal DH was in place for the shortened 2020 season. The rule change was generally met with approval and considered a success last year. While we were robbed of the joy of witnessing a pitcher hit a home run or something unusual as a hitter, the product on the field was...

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Reds Acquire Cionel Perez From Astros

The Reds have acquired left-hander Cionel Perez in a trade with the Astros, as officially announced on the Reds’ Twitter feed.  Houston will pick up minor league catcher Luke Berryhill in their end of the swap.

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Astros Designate Humberto Castellanos

The Astros have designated right-hander Humberto Castellanos for assignment, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle tweets. The move cleared space for just-signed catcher Jason Castro.

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Exile in Saint Louis

What is a Window and How Does it Close?

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The term “window” has become ubiquitous in sports reporting and commentary. It is often used to determine a team’s course of action. The term window is especially relevant in baseball, where the differences in payrolls are astounding, as is the range in pay for players based on experience (imagine Zion Williamson or Joe Burrows making league minimum). Closer to home, several posters and commenters have talked about the closing of the window as something...

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Juan Páez

At first, the Astros wouldn’t enjoy Trevor Bauer coming to the AL West

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The 30-year-old righty has been a dominant wall almost every time he’s faced the Astros.

The best pitcher in this free-agent class is still available, seeking a team for 2021 and beyond. That man is Trevor Bauer, the NL Cy Young award winner in ‘20. There’s a feeling or, say, a sense that the Angels could make a push to sign the 30-year-old righty and make him their new ace.

Although the eventual move would make a lot of sense for a Los...

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Astros Crawfish Boil January 22nd, 2021

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After this week it feels kind of weird that no current or former Astro free agents have signed since yesterday

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Astros News So now that Brantley and Castro are back in the fold, which other free agents fit well with the team? (Astros.com) Speaking of their return, how does the lineup shake out now that they’re back on the roster?...

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Carlos Correa: I would love to be an Astro for life

The Astros have already lost George Springer to free agency.

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Jason Castro Returns

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Agrees to re-join Astros on a two-year deal

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and ESPN’s Jeff Passan, former Astro catcher Jason Castro has agreed to a two year, $7m contract with incentives as high as an additional $2m.

Catcher Jason Castro's new contract with the Houston #Astros is two years, $7 million.

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 21, 2021

Jason Castro’s two-year deal with the Houston Astros guarantees him $7 million and can be...

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Cody Poage

Astros Bring Back a Familiar Face

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Jason Castro’s reunion tour is happening, y’all.

We’ve known for roughly a month that the Astros had a serious interest in a reunion with free-agent catcher Jason Castro, who was the club’s first-round pick way back in 2008. I wrote about that initial rumor here on Christmas and all of what I detailed then still applies today. In short, there was a lack of depth at catcher beyond the primary option of Martin Maldonado that became increasingly glaring as...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 21st, 2021

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Yesterday was a bit of a rollercoaster, but the end result was worth the ride

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Astros News After it looked like his time in Houston had come to a close, it turns out that Michael Brantley will return to the Astros on a two-year deal (MLB Trade Rumors) The signing also sets the corner outfield spots for the Astros (The Athletic,...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Astros Shock Baseball By Re-Signing Michael Brantley

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Welcome Back, Michael. Even though you never really left.

Just goes to show, you can’t believe everything you hear.

The day started off really rough for Astros fans with the late-night rumors that George Springer was set to sign with the Blue Jays. Then it was confirmed that the beloved Springer signed a six-year deal to play with the up-and-coming Blue Jays team for $150 million. Yes, the writing was on the wall, but Springer represented a light at the end...

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Michael Brantley returning to Astros on two-year, $32M deal

It appears that four-time All-Star outfielder and designated hitter Michael Brantley won't be following George Springer to the Toronto Blue Jays as thought earlier on Wednesday.

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Brantley Stays!

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There’s life after Springer after all.

It’s been a roller-coaster day for Astros fans. Early this morning the depressing but expected news came that the heart and soul of the championship Astros, George Springer, had signed a player-friendly, six-year, $150 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

A few hours later, ESPN reported that his close friend and fellow slugger, Michael Brantley, would follow Springer from Houston to Toronto on a 3-year...

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Report: Astros re-sign four-time All-Star OF Michael Brantley to two-year, $32M deal

That Brantley is returning to Houston is stunning, as just hours ago it appeared he would join friend and former Astros outfielder George Springer in Toronto.

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Michael Brantley re-signs with Astros on two-year, $32M deal

Michael Brantley is not leaving the Houston Astros for the Toronto Blue Jays after all.

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