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The Crawfish Boxes

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 26, 2022.

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports Here’s your daily boil! Here’s the Crawfish Boil! Astros News There’s good news for Astros fans in 2023, key coaches and players are coming back (click2houston.com) Potential competitors for Astros in Justin Verlander free agency pursuit (chron.com) Looking for breaking news about the Astros has turned out to be both gratifying and annoying. I usually check Yardbarker, MLB Trade Rumors, and Bleacher Report, along with a lot of other sites. I’m gratified by B/R in that most of the stuff near the top of their page is stuff that I wrote,...

The Crawfish Boxes

Should the Astros pursue Brandon Nimmo?

Photo by Adam Hunger/ To address their outfield need, the Astros could make a big splash in free agency by signing former Mets outfielder. After Michael Brantley’s departure, the Astros are said to be looking for a left-handed hitting corner outfielder according to The Athletic. With Brantley leaving an important void to fill in the lineup, there’s someone who can take his place, someone that actually is pretty similar to Uncle Mike and can bring great value to the Astros lineup. That man is Brandon Nimmo, who just put up a 5.1-bWAR season – that would have tied...

The Crawfish Boxes

The Astros have more voids to fill than you think and I’ll tell you why

Photo by Harry How/ After going through a free-agent purge, the Astros need to get down to business. Depth was one of the reasons why the Astros were the best MLB team in the 2022 season. They had several options to go in almost any scenario, and I’m talking about both pitching and hitting. However, that roster depth diminished notably when free agency opened its gates, leaving the Astros’ front office with lots of work to do before the 2023 season kicks off. The Astros’ departures include Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, first baseman Yuli Gurriel,...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 23, 2022

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Today’s Crawfish Boil It’s Today’s Crawfish Boil Astros News Astros receive largest postseason shares in MLB history at $516,437 each (CBSsports.com) Houston Astros reportedly show free agency interest in former MVP (chron.com) Justin Verlander Named AL Comeback Player of the Year (si.com) Houston Astros utility player Mauricio Dubon and wife Nancy take post-World Series trip to London (abc13.com) Houston Astros Sign Machado to Minor League Contract with Spring Training Invite (si.com) Five Former Houston Astros Land on Hall of Fame...

Call to the Pen

Yankees finally get a win over Astros with Anthony Rizzo signing

Rumored to be the Houston Astros’ top free agent target at first base this offseason, Anthony Rizzo has reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal that will bring him back to the New York Yankees. Signing Anthony Rizzo gives Yankees a free agency win over the rival Astros Less than a month after seeing their team […] Yankees finally get a win over Astros with Anthony Rizzo signing - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

3 things the Astros’ eventual general manager needs to take care of

Photo by Bob Levey/ Whoever takes over the GM role will have lots of work to do before the 2023 season kicks off. Right after winning the World Series, as if he was a free agent, the Astros said goodbye to their general manager James Click and they’re now on the hunt for a man to fill the vacancy left by Click. To whomever occupies that role, adjusting the team going forward to 2023 will be the biggest short-term task after the departure of some key men to free agency. What comes next is an immediate to-do list for the guy that takes over the GM role. Feel free to add...

Twinkie Town

Could the Twins have a Phillies-like turnaround?

The Twins almost landed Zack Wheeler in free agency prior to the 2020 season. | Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports It’s okay to be jealous of the Phillies’ good fortune. The Philadelphia Phillies spent the last couple of weeks as America’s favorite baseball club. The threat of taking down the evil empire that is the Houston Astros will do that. But count yours truly as an admittedly jealous Minnesota Twins fan who is just a bit salty that the Phils pushed all the right buttons and received the good fortune (read: luck) that the Twins haven’t had over the past couple...

The Crawfish Boxes

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 11, 2022

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Free agency is here. Let the games begin. Free agent season is officially open, and the first few tentative moves have already been made. First I want to say that these Crawfish Boils are simply an aggregate of news links that I find by briefly combing the internet each morning for Astros related content. The content in those articles does not reflect the point of view of SB Nation, The Crawfish Boxes, or myself. It’s not my job to decide what constitutes news and what doesn’t. I’m not a gatekeeper. I’m a bellman. Astros...

Over the Monster

Red Sox Free Agency And The Limits Of “Value”

Photo By Winslow Townson/ The Over The Monster Podcast discusses Xander Bogaerts, the World Series, and more. This week on the Over the Monster Podcast, Dan and Bryan get angry (well, mostly Dan), and then they get meta. They start by revisiting the World Series and Yordan Alverez’s Roy Hobbs moment for the Houston Astros. Was it a classic series, or just an almost-classic series? Next, they cover the latest on the Xander Bogaerts free agency situation, wondering why the Red Sox front office continues to insist that signing Xander is their top priority when their...

The Seattle Times

Five Mariners hit free agency. Who could Seattle bring back?

Five players from the Mariners’ roster became free agents a day after the Astros defeated the Phillies in Game 6 to win the 2022 World Series.

Pinstripe Alley

NYY news: Aaron Judge officially hits free agency

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports 2022 free agent class is official; Playing GM and predicting some contracts; It’s déjà vu all over again when it comes to shortstops; Front office must address fan urgency Associated Press | Ronald Blum: Aaron Judge is now officially a free agent. With the Astros’ World Series win on Saturday night, it’s officially the offseason, and on Sunday all 131 players entering free agency across the majors were announced. Judge, Jacob deGrom, and Carlos Correa headline this year’s free agent class, and all players can begin signing with...

Bless You Boys

The Tigers offseason calendar; Roster cuts are imminent

Photo by Steph Chambers/ Dates are now official for free agency, awards, hall of fame, and transactions With the World Series now over and the Houston Astros crowned as the champs, the 2022-23 offseason is officially under way! Let’s start the Detroit Tigers offseason by setting the stage a little bit. Here are the important dates and deadlines for the off season. November 6: Free Agency begins! As of 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, all eligible players became free agents. No need for players to file. If they have six years of service time and are not signed for the 2023...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY news: Vladito vows he’ll “never” sign with Yankees

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Vladdy Jr. vows he’ll “never” sign with Yankees; Boone, Cashman recognize the steaks for Judge in free agency; Bombers would want Rizzo to return; The Houston Astros are World Series champs. NY Post | Colin Loughran: If Yankees fans ever wanted to see Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in pinstripes one day, he’s put an end to that dream. The slugger would rather beat the Yanks than join them. “I like to play in New York. I like to kill the Yankees,” Guerrero said. “I would never sign with the Yankees, not even [when I’m] dead.” Sports...

The Crawfish Boxes

Oops! All Astros: Jaime Melendez

We take a look at current number 13 Astros prospect Jaime Melendez. We’re reviewing every player to appear in Houston’s system through the 2022 campaign. Jaime Melendez Jaime Melendez is a five-foot-eight, 190 lb. right-handed pitcher from Puebla, MX. Born on September 26, 2001, he signed with Houston through free agency on April 30, 2019 for a deal that included a $195,000 bonus. He has a four-pitch mix including a fastball, a curve, and a slider all graded at 55, along with a 50-grade change. Melendez has added about 5 mph to his fastball since signing and now operates...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for November 1, 2022

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/ Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Tim Britton tried to figure out how the Mets can improve their offense in free agency. Bleacher Report ranked every team’s chances to land Jacob deGrom. Around the National League East Game 3 of the World Series between the Phillies and the Astros was postponed due to inclement weather. The rest of the series will be pushed back a day. The travel day off will now be moved to Friday. The Phillies will go to Ranger Suárez in Game 3 and Aaron Nola in Game 4....

Cubbies Crib

Cubs nothing more than a long shot for Aaron Judge, per report

The World Series shifts to Philadelphia Monday night for Game 3 between the Phillies and Astros, tied one game apiece. So with just a handful of games left this postseason, it’s all eyes on free agency – and one name sure to be a hot commodity is Aaron Judge, who is coming off a historic […] Cubs nothing more than a long shot for Aaron Judge, per report - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for October 30, 2022

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets showed interest in J.T. Realmuto when he was a free agent, but reportedly ghosted the catcher, who is now playing in the World Series. Tim Healey of Newsday explores whether the Mets or Yankees might pursue Justin Verlander in free agency. MLB Trade Rumors published their Offseason Outlook for the Mets. Around the National League East The Astros beat the Phillies 5-2 to win Game 2 and even up the World Series at one game apiece. The Astros...

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Time to Take Lessons from the Phillies

St. Louis has a lot to learn from the Philadelphia Phillies As the Phillies-Astros World Series gets underway, I certainly hope St. Louis Cardinals executives – already busy this offseason – are watching from the couch. It may be hard for the team to take any lessons from the Astros. Past cheating aside, that team […] St. Louis Cardinals: Time to Take Lessons from the Phillies - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Lone Star Ball

Sunday morning Rangers things

Sunday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... Jeff Wilson looks at 11 possible targets the Rangers could pursue in free agency. The Astros beat the Phillies last night to even the World Series at one game apiece. David Laurila has his Sunday notes column up at Fangraphs.

Pinstripe Alley

NYY News: Adjudicating Judge

Photo by J. Conrad Williams Jr,/Newsday RM via Assessing Judge’s market; hits to the bullpen; Phillies-Astros worst-case scenario; starters reclaiming their time; Wade signs with A’s NJ.com | Bridget Hyland: The Yankees should be doing everything they can to retain the services of Aaron Judge, but they’re far from the only potential landing spot. While media members are skeptical that the Mets will be very active in Judge’s free agency case, the Giants are widely expected to pursue him, and Jeff Passan is among those speculating that the Red Sox could wade into...

Pinstripe Alley

Reasons for hope heading into the Yankees offseason

Photo by New York Yankees/ The vibes may not be good heading into the winter, but there are many reasons to dream for spring. Things are not looking up in the Yankees Universe right now. The team looked lifeless for much of the second half, got swept by the hated Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series, and is at risk of losing Aaron Judge in free agency because they could not ink him to an extension before the season. Controversy over Aaron Boone’s and Brian Cashman’s return have dominated the post-ALCS discourse. And after thirteen years without...

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Veteran catcher Brian McCann enters free agency

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Evan Gattis enters free agency

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