Found December 08, 2011 on Fox Sports Midwest:
DALLAS (AP) The Houston Astros hired Jeff Luhnow as their new general manager Wednesday night, hoping he can help rebuild a team that finished with the worst record in the major leagues. The Astros announced the move at baseball's winter meetings. Luhnow takes over for Ed Wade, fired along with team president Tal Smith last month in the first major changes by new owner Jim Crane. The 45-year-old Luhnow had been a vice president with the St. Louis Cardinals since 2003. He has overseen the Cardinals' drafts for several years and was involved in selecting several players who contributed to their World Series championship this year, including Jaime Garcia, Allen Craig, Jon Jay and Lance Lynn. In 2006, Luhnow added player development to his duties. Cardinals farm teams have won five minor league championships since then. "Jeff is the perfect fit for the Astros because of his track record in scouting and player development during his eight-plus seasons with the Cardinals,...

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Astros select RHP Rhiner Cruz in Rule 5 Draft

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Astros hire Cardinals’ Luhnow as new general manager

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Astros name former Cardinals exec Luhnow as GM

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Rule 5 nets Astros power arm, infield option

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