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Justice: The Astros’ new owners are probably going to clean house

May 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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Ed Wade, call your real estate agent.

That’s the message Richard Justice delivers in his post today about how the Astros organization is likely to change once Jim Crane and his just announced right-hand man George Postolos take over following the imminent sale by Drayton McLane.  The idea: Postolos — who happens to be the former President and CEO of the Houston Rockets — has a track record of favoring bright young minds and data-driven analysis, the sort of which does not currently reign in the Astros’ front office. The upshot: on both the business and the baseball side, major changes are likely to happen in Houston.

Justice believes that Brad Mills and the on-field staff is safe, however, which makes total sense.  Last year they squeezed a lot out of a little. This year they aren’t, but it’s not their fault.

  1. mattjg - May 13, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Great, now where are the Phillies supposed to send their washed up veterans and failed prospects in exchange for proven big leaguers?

    • yankeesfanlen - May 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      I don’t know, somehow the Yankees can find a place for them……although they come back and beat us.

  2. natstowngreg - May 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Sounds good, but what happens when the bright, young GM wants the owner to pony up for a high draft pick or top free agent? Will the money be there to acquire talent?

  3. heyblueyoustink - May 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Ed’s a good Phillies sleeper agent…….i’m hoping for KC

  4. yankeesfanlen - May 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    I hope something good comes from this-i.e. in that screwy NL Central that goes from Houston to Pittsburgh (Has anyone ever driven that trip?) that makes it more competitive.

  5. sportsdrenched - May 13, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Houston is the 6th largest media market in a state that’s expected to grow by double digits in the next ten years.

    The Astros are sleeping giants. For some reason I’d like it if they were good again.

    • gostros19 - May 13, 2011 at 3:20 PM

      Houston used to be a huge sports town with the Astros, Oilers, and Rockets all great franchises. Im hoping this new deal works out for the best.. Uncle Drayton had his years but has put this team deep into a hole. Jim Crane you have some work to do!
      PS..get rid of the Astros hideous jerseys. Lets mix in some good ole classic blue and gold.

  6. Chuck D - May 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    The Astros and Rockets also paired up to create their own TV channel, which will bring in TONS of money for them to spend on upgrading their team.

    I went to a game at Minute Maid not too long ago, and that place is fabulous. Makes me hate team’s stadium (Reds).

  7. dcburden - May 13, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    I liked this headline better before I knew there was someone named Richard Justice.

  8. spudchukar - May 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Clean house of what? Who do they have that anyone craves? Carlos Lee?, maybe as a bench guy and possible platoon, Brett Myers, I guess as a #4 or #5 guy. Wandy Rodriguez might fetch a mid-level prospect, but I doubt that any small market team could justify his salary. Humberto Quintero might serve as a backup catcher. J. A. Happ was part of their youth movement so his availability isn’t certain. Neither Barmes nor Lyon nor Hall will attract many suitors. This is why the Astros are in the tank, only Hunter Pence is a legitimate star, and he being a fan favorite, and only 28, is the one guy they need to keep. Leaving only Bourne at 28, who is a very good CF and steals 50 bases, but his OBP holds him down. So unless the Astros go total firesale and part with Happ, Pence and Bourne they aren’t going to get much in return.

  9. Charlie Hunter - May 13, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    I know the fans will be pissed, but the Astros need to trade Pence. They could snatch some real talent for him.

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