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Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:50 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 1:54 am
 
By Matt Snyder

In news that is hardly surprising, the Houston Astros are making major changes to the front office, including the dismissal of general manager Ed Wade. Club president Tal Smith -- who has been with the club for 35 seasons -- has also been dismissed. Sources have told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that Smith was told via phone he was fired.

Crane is going to meet with the front office Monday morning. Per Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, Crane and club president George Postolos have meetings set with both the baseball and business sides of operations. Assistant general manager Dave Gottfried is now the interim general manager, but is not a candidate to be the new GM.

"With the change in ownership, we would like a fresh start in baseball operations," Postolos said in a 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.

"The search for a new General Manager begins immediately. We are searching for a candidate who has the knowledge, skills and experience to build a winner and a strong commitment to player development in order to sustain success. Our goal is to consistently compete for a championship, and we know the first step towards that goal is to develop one of the top farm systems in baseball. We will hire the best candidate available to achieve our goal."

The smart money is on a quick hire, considering the Winter Meetings begin in just one week. Not that a hire will take place before then, it's just an illustration of how much the Astros are now behind other teams in looking for front office personnel for the 2012 season.

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All the ingredients for a change were in place. First of all, the 2011 Astros were the worst team in franchise history, going 56-106 and finishing with the worst record in baseball. There also isn't a ton of help on the way from a relatively barren farm system. Next, new owner Jim Crane is taking over for Drayton McLane. With a change in ownership and a team that basically needs to start over -- especially since they're headed to the American League West -- it is the perfect time to bring in a new regime.

Wade, 55, was named the Astros' GM in September of 2007 and under his watch the Astros have gotten progressively worse. Not only did they trade away long-time fan favorites Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman, but they went from 86 to 56 wins in just four years. Wade was previously the GM of the Phillies, but was fired after the 2005 season.

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mackchose
Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:49 am
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Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:02 am
 

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

 

Its about time Wade and Smith  the rest got run off. Don't stop now, Brad Mills has to go. 
If you want to have a good farm team. the man for that job is
Jim Herny.




Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:35 am
 

Astros fire GM Wade, president Smith

It is amazing how many uniformed fans there are out there.  Ed Wads stunk so badly that he drafted Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson and Jimmy Rollins.  He also picked up Shane Victorino in a rule 5 draft.  He was then replaced by Gillick who put the final pieces in place and during his speech, when we won the World Series, stated that a lot of it was because of Ed Wade.  He might have made some poor moves for the Astros, but that beind said, wait a few years and see what happens to the prospects he drafted and the minor leaguers he picked up in the trades.  I think you will find out that he is not quite as bad as it may look.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Report: Astros to fire GM Wade

Finally!   Wade was clown shoes!  How are the Phillies gonna get better without Wade to fleece.
Ignorance. 



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Report: Astros to fire GM Wade

Poor poor Philadelphia. 
He got the better value in every deal he did with us. Even in the Lidge trade he got the better player.

And what did Houston get in return ?  A bunch of singe-A "can't miss" prospects and J.A. Happ.


Michael Bourn, Anthony Gose, Cosart and Singleton is a damn good haul for a pending UFA Lidge, an aging Oswalt, and a vastly overrated Hunter Pence.

Wade did plenty of stupid things(like trading Gose), but he got the better deal in every trade he ever made with Amaro or Gillick.





Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Report: Astros to fire GM Wade

@ DBowman --- excellent post.   I was going to list those guys (you mentioned) that Wade traded awayand released, but you beat me to it.   Keep up the great work and I hope you guys make a really good hire.  



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Report: Astros to fire GM Wade

Poor poor Philadelphia.   Best thing Houston has done in 10 years is getting rid of that patsy Wade.  Now maybe they will have a real GM and not some stooge who gives all his best players to the Phillies on a silver platter.  And what did Houston get in return ?  A bunch of singe-A "can't miss" prospects and J.A. Happ.  This is a MAJOR step-up for the Astros no matter who they hire.  The guy should have either been investigated for collusion (at worst) or interrogated and fired for stupidity (at best).  I hope that dude never gets another job in baseball.      



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Report: Astros to fire GM Wade

Please, don't let me see anybody sticking up for Ed Wade after he gets blown out in the next day or two.

Granted, Wade did inherit a team in late September 2007 that would finish up at 73-89 and 12 games behind the Cubs.  During the next four seasons, he did his absolute best to gut the franchise and leave the cupboard bare for the next GM to deal with.  He traded away Brad Lidge, Luke Scott, Matt Albers, Chad Qualls, Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, Jeff Keppinger, Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn and released Jose Valverde.  All the Astros have to show for it at the ML level are J.A. Happ, Brett Wallace, and Jordan Schaefer.  Everything else the team received are question marks waiting to prove themselves.

In addition, Wade drafted Jason Castro in 2008 and passed on Justin Smoak and Brett Lowrie.  He followed that up with taking Jiovanni Mier instead of taking Michael Trout in the 2009 draft.  While I understand drafting in baseball can be a crapshoot, the Astros were lacking pitching depth throughout the organization and didn't take one pitcher in the first round or supplemental rounds for four consecutive years.

This should be the end for Wade as a GM, but we all know it probably won't be.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Report: Astros to fire GM Wade

Finally!   Wade was clown shoes!  How are the Phillies gonna get better without Wade to fleece.


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