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Astros fired general manager Ed Wade with two years remaining on contract

Nov 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Ed Wade is out of a job after being fired by the Astros last night, but the 55-year-old former general manager will be collecting a paycheck for two more seasons.

Wade told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that an “evergreen” provision in his contract recently kicked in to extend the deal another season, meaning he was signed through 2013.

Not only will Wade be paid for six years despite holding the job for only four years, the Astros will be paying two general managers in each of the next two seasons. Jim Crane probably doesn’t mind too much, as Wade’s undisclosed salary is no doubt similar to that of a bench player, but it’ll be interesting to see if the Astros’ new ownership also decides to pay two managers by firing Brad Mills.

While news of Wade’s firing broke last night, Levine reports that the GM was told of the move the day before Thanksgiving and, unlike longtime team president Tal Smith, was given an opportunity to meet with ownership on his way out.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    I really wonder why Tal and Ed were fired in such different terms.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Yes, let’s dislike this. How dare I wonder that? People really dislike anything on here sometimes just for the hell of it.

  2. scafeets - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Let’s see: They traded away Bourn, Oswalt & Pence, and all they have to show for it is Shafer and some minor league prospects. At least when they traded away Berkman they got Melancon.
    Sayonara Tal and Ed: Take your dumb-ass center field hump with you back to the minors.

  3. Panda Claus - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Crane has that $70M windfall coming in on the purchase of the Astros. What’s a couple of front-office contracts to pay off?

  4. trevorb06 - Nov 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Ed Wade gets hired as director of scouting and player development for the Phillies… Astros still paying him for doing that job for the Phillies, but he’ll as least be in Philly for the job now.
    #sarcasm

  5. danielcp0303 - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Wade has been terrible. Traded away any talent the team had, for basically nothing. Brad Mills has been given terrible teams, so who knows if he is a good manager. Keep him or fire him, Astros fans won’t really care that much. They just want to see a legit chance of making the playoffs each year, and the longshot of making some noise once they get there. Not a tall order, which is why Wade had to go.

  6. xmatt0926x - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    At first I was shocked and disgusted at the Astros for firing Wade!! Then I remembered that the Phillies have already taken the last of their good players so what the hell, can his ass. In all seriousness he was fired from the Phillies just as all of his drafted core turned the Phillies into a perennial contender and it’s likely that the good young players that the Astros will have in 2 or 3 years will all be guys he got from the Phillies and Braves in last seasons deals.

    • stex52 - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM

      As I noted on another thread, he has had four drafts and so far the Astros only have two prospects in the top 100. And both of those were obtained in the Pence trade. Perhaps Castro and Lyles will work out, but I don’t see where Wade’s “rebuilding” had made much progress at all to date. The minor league teams are all still weak.

  7. jeffa43 - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    A true Astro fan would see this as the following…..

    We paid him to make stupid moves…. I have no problem paying him not to make any more moves…

    Dear Santa, thank you for our early Christmas gifts! Now how many elves does it take to move Carlos Lee?

    • adenzeno - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      One if he scatters a trail of Twinkies for Lee to follow…..

  8. mojosmagic - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    The only one crying is Rueben Amaro.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      You spelled his name the same way you spell the delicious meal of a similar name. Now I’m craving a rueben.

      I swear, hearing about that and ‘sandwich picks’, baseball makes me hungry a lot.

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