Changes appear to be coming soon for the Astros. When new owner Jim Crane addressed the media last week once his deal was approved by MLB, Crane said some baseball decisions could come immediately after Thanksgiving. Crane was addressing a question about structuring the baseball side of the operation.
Cutting to the chase, the fate of general manager Ed Wade as well as President of Baseball Operations Tal Smith may be decided in a matter of days. It should soon be clear if Crane and CEO George Postolos plan to retain the current management team or if the club will go in a completely new direction.
"Everybody wants to know what their role is," said Wade. "That's just human nature. But I don't dictate the pace and, frankly, we've been operating here business as usual for an extended period of time. At some point in time I'm sure there will be clarity to the circumstance."
Wade has been the general manager since 2007 when he replaced Tim Purpura. ...