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Houston newspaper drops thirsty Astros hit piece ahead of postseason

ESPN Houston's John Granato and Lance Zierlein react to an article in the Houston Chronicle that blamed Astros owner Jim Crane for not getting extensions done with GM James Click and manager Dusty Baker.

Be sure to check out the video above as we share some concerns about the article, and the timing of its release right before the playoffs begin.

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The Astros have been rumored to have interest in signing a catcher this offseason, and manager Dusty Baker told reporters on Monday that the team has interest in former Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, and will meet with him this week.

Martin Maldonado doesn't seem excited about the possibility of the Astros adding another catcher, and voiced some displeasure about a potential signing on his Instagram story.

Be sure to check out the video above as we discuss the need for an upgrade at catcher, why the team isn't considering players already in the system (Korey Lee, Yainer Diaz), and how Yuli Gurriel factors into the conversation.

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