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07:44 AM ET 11.28 | Astros owner Jim Crane has made sweeping changes in the team's baseball operations, dismissing team president Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade. Crane, who completed his purchase of the team from Drayton McLane last Tuesday, has expressed a desire to build the team through the draft and the minor-league system. At the top of the wish list of virtually any team inclined to build through that route is Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman, a Houston native. Another potential candidate to run the baseball operations would be former Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker, the Rays senior vice president of baseball operations. An attempt to purchase the Rangers in 2010 gave Crane considerable insight into that organization's inner workings under team president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels. Crane has cited the Rangers as a model for how he'd like to operate, which would figure to make Daniels underlings A.J. Preller and Thad Levine viable candidates.

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November 28, 2011  07:58 AM ET

This is a start in the right direction. In my opinion, the Astros will win quicker than the Cubs.

November 28, 2011  08:10 AM ET

This disgusts me!

November 28, 2011  08:27 AM ET

he's got to look somewhere TBF ... I mean, he can't go to the BoSox and get anybody ...

November 28, 2011  08:28 AM ET

hope everyone had a great turkey day ...

catch y'all later ...

November 28, 2011  08:32 AM ET

Not sure if the fans want to hear that he wants to build though the draft. A change of leagues won't help much if they don't put a decent team on the field failry quickly.

November 28, 2011  08:48 AM ET
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Not sure if the fans want to hear that he wants to build though the draft. A change of leagues won't help much if they don't put a decent team on the field failry quickly.

Losing gets you higher draft picks. All in all, I think this is the right direction for this guy to take. If they still suck in 5 years, then he'll have a bit of egg on his face.

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November 28, 2011  09:30 AM ET
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he's got to look somewhere TBF ... I mean, he can't go to the BoSox and get anybody ...

I know. But it sucks. Friedman and Maddon make a great team and have made a lot of a little.

November 28, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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Solid organizations are built:1. Draft2. Trades3. Free AgentsUsually in that order of importance

I agree with that 100%. You need to have talent to make trades, and you need success to bring in the free agents.

November 28, 2011  09:54 AM ET
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Solid organizations are built:1. Draft2. Trades3. Free AgentsUsually in that order of importance

Indeed.

November 28, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Never understood why somebody didn't do the same thing to the Montreal Expos organization all those years they kept bringing up star after star through their system..

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November 28, 2011  10:12 AM ET
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Never understood why somebody didn't do the same thing to the Montreal Expos organization all those years they kept bringing up star after star through their system..

they were inept. At the end of the expos it was known they were folding the team and relocating. being good would have just hurt that move.

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November 28, 2011  11:58 AM ET

ed wade was signed with the phillies just to be able to trade away every high skill player!!

November 28, 2011  11:59 AM ET

wade trade as many players to his old team the phillies while he was with the astros!!

 
November 28, 2011  12:00 PM ET

now the astros with a new owner will start from the bottom!!

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