The Houston Astros have made a major front-office shakeup, firing general manager Ed Wade and president of baseball operations Tal Smith.The firings are the first major changes executed by new owner Jim Crane, who took over control of the club from Drayton McLane last week.The moves were made official late Sunday night in a release put out by new team president and CEO George Postolos."With the change in ownership, we would like a fresh start in baseball
operations," Postolos said. "We have told Ed Wade and Tal Smith that we
are making a change."Assistant GM Dave Gottfried will take over for Wade on an interim basis, but is not considered a candidate for the full-time gig. The Astros say they'll begin a search for a new GM immediately.It isn't known whether manager Brad Mills will be retained.Wade served as the team's GM since September 2007, while Smith had been with the organization for 35 years.
Houston finished a major league-worst 56-106 last season.