A decision was said to be coming shortly after Thanksgiving, and the new owners of the Astros came through. On Sunday night, the club announced that GM Ed Wade and President of Baseball Operations, Tal Smith, had been fired.
Given the new ownership of the club, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Smith was compensated by then owner Drayton McLane as soon as the sale was approved to Crane. The long-time front office exec is also considered one of the first to use analytics on management’s side for salary arbitration and runs Tal Smith Enterprises where he has represented the majority of clubs in MLB over several decades.
Truth be known, the writing has been on the wall for months. The trades of Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence were said to have been run through now-owner, Jim Crane before he took over the club.
"With the change in ownership, we would like a fresh start in baseball operations,” said George Postolos, the new President and CEO of th...