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McLane Has Deal To Sell Astros To Jim Crane

This is somewhat unfortunate news for us, in that Drayton McLane has been the single largest obstacle standing in the way of Houston's success for several years now. He's the reason that the relentlessly competent Gerry Hunsicker left for Tampa, the reason that Ed Wade is running the Astros now, and the reason that Houston is annually among the lowest spenders in the draft. The Astros' surprising finish in 2008 fooled McLane into thinking that they were legitimate contenders, making him reluctant to authorize a tear-down and re-build at the appropriate time and leaving them mired at the bottom of the standings with little help on the way. I don't know what kind of owner Jim Crane will be, but he wouldn't need to have any particular merit to put Houston in a better position for the future.

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