HOUSTON: General manager Ed Wade, left, of the Houston Astros and manager Brad Mills talk during batting practice before playing the Chicago Cubs at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston Astros Shake Up Front Office

The Houston Astros began a major front office shakeup early Monday by firing two top executives.

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Astros Latest Team Trying To Lure Rays' Andrew Friedman

According to Richard Justice, the Houston Astros -- who just fired general manager Ed Wade -- have received permission to interview Rays general manager Andrew Friedman.


Searching For The Easiest GM To Poke Fun At

With Ed Wade gone, which general managers exist solely to amuse people who think about baseball too much?


Houston Astros Fire Ed Wade And Tal Smith

Jim Crane took over as owner of the Houston Astros on Nov. 17.

He didn’t wait very long to begin changing things in the executive offices. According to the team’s website, team president Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade were fired Sunday:

In a statement released by the club, team president and CEO George Postolos said assistant general manager David Gottfried will serve as interim general manager but is not a candidate for the permanent position.

“With the change in ownership, we would like a fresh start in baseball operations,” Postolos said in the statement. “We have told Ed Wade and Tal Smith that we are making a change. We recognize their dedication to the Houston Astros. We thank each of them for their significant contributions and many years of service to the Astros, and wish them our very best as they pursue new opportunities.”

Smith had been part of the Astros for much of their existence; he joined them in 1960, before they even took the field and when they were still named “Colt .45s”, and was with them most of the time from then until 1980. He returned to the team in 1993 when Drayton McLane bought the club.

Wade was hired as GM in 2007 and although the Astros had some good Septembers that made their overall record in his first couple of years look decent, they hit rock bottom in 2011 with the worst record in franchise history, losing 106 games.

For more on the Astros, visit our SB Nation Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes.


Houston Astros To Fire Ed Wade In Shake-Up, According To Report

Fox Sports is reporting that the Houston Astros will dismiss general manager Ed Wade as part of a considerable organizational shake-up, to be announced on Monday.

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