By Matt Snyder
With the seemingly inevitable dismissal of general manager Ed Wade set to reportedly take place Monday, the Astros are soon to be looking for a replacement. One name sure to be bouncing around the rumor mill this week? Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
This isn't like the Cubs' courtship of Theo Epstein, nor is it like when the Cubs were rumored to be interested in Friedman. No, this is different.
Friedman actually has roots in Houston, and even the Astros, to a certain extent. He was born in 1976, in Houston. He graduated from Episcopal High School, in Houston. He played baseball at Tulane University in New Orleans, just as his father did, which is about 350 miles from Houston. He supposedly grew up an Astros fan.
So it makes sense, right?
Well, yes it does. Only it's very unlikely to happen. Friedman loves his job in Tampa Bay and is very unlikely to leave it, even for his hometown, sources told CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler.
People surely won't stop thinking about the match until a new Astros GM is hired, but keep in mind it is a complete longshot.
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