Originally written on Brewers Bar  |  Last updated 1/17/13
  As part of their sale to new owner Jim Crane, the Houston Astros shift to the American League in 2013, specifically the AL West division.  It will be weird to see the Astros in the AL, and strange for the NL Central (and by extension, the AL West) to finally align with the rest of baseball with five-team divisions.  The Astros will become only the second team in MLB history to change leagues, after the Brewers were the first in 1998.  Crane, a Houston businessman, had been in negotiations for the Astros and other MLB teams for years when progress was made toward his purchase of the Astros in 2011.  As part of the agreement with former owner Drayton McLane, as well as Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB, Crane received a discount of $70MM on the original sale price of $680MM, knocking the price for the Astros down to $610MM.  MLB kicked in half of the discount ($35MM) as part of the final deal and McLane ‘ate’ the other half.  Reportedly, former owner McLane was the one who agr...
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