*The Nationals/Astros shared Spring Training site will take a couple of months to clear the land...because the area was used for a landfill for hurricane debris. There's a metaphor in there, somewhere, if you're willing to dig deep enough to fin- nope, I got it.
*Longtime Astros front office man Paul Ricciarini is taking a job with the Marlins, and lost two other scouts.
*J.D. Davis, A.J. Reed, and Derek Fisher made the Arizona Fall League All-Star team.
*A.J. Hinch is visiting the AFL.
*Reminder, as Scott Kazmir became a free agent yesterday, the Astros cannot offer him a Qualifying Offer (since he was traded mid-season), and thus cannot get a compensation pick if he signs somewhere else. Colby Rasmus, however, could be given that Qualifying Offer.
*Here's a good TCB article on the Astros and developing a catcher.
*Dave Cameron: The Lessons the Royals Should and Shouldn't Teach Us
*The Giants' front office ordered pizza for the Royals' front office.
*Alllllllll the way at the bottom of this Heyman piece is a note that the Astros sure could use the Nationals' Drew Storen.
*The Astros (and Ramgers) open the off-season at 14/1 to win the 2016 World Series:
The annual day-after-the-World Series odds from @BovadaLV favor the Cubs in 2016: pic.twitter.com/YZbhbBSWy7— Big League Stew (@bigleaguestew) November 2, 2015