By Evan Brunell
McLane refused to confirm reports of such a window, saying that he was negotiating with several people. "We're trying to do a deal with several people, and certain Jim Crane is one of them," McLane said.
Crane owns a business in Houston, which would satisfy McLane's preference for a local owner. The two sides had come close to a purchase after the 2008 season, but Crane backed out much to the consternation of many in the game. Crane has also pursued the Cubs and Rangers, teaming up with Mark Cuban to battle the eventual victorious group of Nolan Ryan's team in an auction for Texas.
The Astros could benefit from new leadership, as Houston has tailed off dramatically since reaching the 2005 World Series. The Astros roster is filled with many middling types while the farm system is among the worst in the game. It's definitely a franchise in need of a breath of fresh air.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.