New Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he can turn the Astros into a winner.
That doesn't mean he expects the turnaround to be swift for a team that finished with the worst record in baseball last season at 56-106.
Luhnow was a vice president with the St. Louis Cardinals last season. He takes over for Ed Wade, who was fired late last month in the first major move by new Astros owner Jim Crane.
Luhnow wouldn't give a timeframe for when he thinks the Astros will be able to contend. But he did say that ''it's going to be a challenge and it's going to be years.''
Crane says that Luhnow signed a multi-year contract, but wouldn't provide any further details.