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Jim Crane Reportedly On Verge Of $680M Deal To Purchase Astros
Published May 11, 2011
EARLY ISSUE TO ADDRESS: In Houston, Richard Justice writes among Crane's "first difficult questions will be whether to keep Ed Wade" as the Astros GM. The Astros are an NL-worst 13-23, and Justice writes firing Wade "would be popular," but it "might also be wrong." Justice: "As bad as the Astros are now, they're in significant better shape than when Wade arrived in 2007." Wade has "overhauled the scouting staff and replaced instructors and managers up and down the minor-league food chain." He has "convinced McLane to get draft picks signed and into uniform," and he has "convinced McLane that the Astros must have a significant presence in the Dominican Republic." Justice writes Wade's "good work is just beginning to pay dividends" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/11).