Dec 8, 2011, 12:41 AM EST
According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the Astros have hired Cardinals executive Jeff Luhnow to be their next general manager.
Luhnow had been serving as the Redbirds’ vice president of scouting and player development, and was instrumental in turning around a Cardinals farm system that was once devoid of quality depth.
It’s a great hire for the Astros, but Luhnow faces the ultimate uphill battle in Houston.
The ‘Stros don’t have much in the way of promising talent at the major league level and have only recently begun to rebuild their minor league system, which was largely ignored under the previous regime.
As long as the support from new owner Jim Crane is there, Luhnow is plenty equipped to get the franchise back on the right track. But it’s likely going to have to be part of a six- or seven-year plan.
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