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Astros’ sale on the agenda for MLB owners’ meeting next week

Nov 12, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

Jim Crane AP

We’ve heard rumors of this before, but it seems like it’s really happening this time.

According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, the proposed sale of the Astros from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane is on the agenda for the MLB owners’ meetings next week in Milwaukee. The vote is expected to take place Thursday.

Blum was told by two sources that McLane, Crane and MLB “have reached an understanding” that would shift the franchise to the American League, beginning in 2013. The Astros would join the American League West, clearing the way for two 15-team leagues. Under these changes, it’s expected that we would have interleague play on a daily basis and two additional Wild Card teams.

Crane reached a deal with McLane in May to buy the team for $680 million, but Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that he could get a discount of up to $80 million as incentive to agree to move the franchise to the American League.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    I think it Would have made more sense to move the Astros to the NL West and the Rockies to the AL West. The Astros have more history on their side with the NL. But at least now I can drive to Houston to see the Astros get their butt kicked by the Yankees. Whiippee. Yawn.

    • yankeesfanlen - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

      That’s the spirit! More Yankees baseball in the Lone Star State.

  2. hcf95688 - Nov 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    I like the Astros-to-the-AL/15 team realignment. One of the few Selig ideas that I agree with.

  3. crankyfrankie - Nov 12, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    OK which part do I hate the most? Astros to the AL or all season interleague play or another shady owner. This is the NFLisation of MLB. Yes that is the part I hate the most. Now the choice is a one game play in game for the playoffs just like March madness or World Series games in November? Yes I rather have C none of the above.

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