• My Scores
  • NFL
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • Golf
AL West Division3rd2nd1st1st
American League 8th5th2nd1st

New owner wants to grow the farm

The Sports Xchange
New owner wants to grow the farm · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

At a transitional moment in the going-on-50-year history of the Houston franchise, the presumed new owner, Jim Crane, made one thing clear: The transition on the field for the worst team in the National League, which hours later fell to 15-26 with a 3-2 loss to the Braves, will not be hasty.

"There's only a certain amount of money you can spend," Crane said at Monday's gathering to assume control from Drayton McLane. "I can guarantee the partners in this room will not be happy writing checks every year. We will spend every dollar wisely. We will appreciate every dollar spent here."

Crane, backed by his group of at least 10 investors, signed the paperwork to complete the $680 million purchase of the Astros from McLane, who had owned the team since 1992. The deal is not official until Major League Baseball owners approve it at a currently unknown date this summer.

McLane bowed out after five non-playoff years that followed six postseason appearances in nine seasons -- the franchise's most successful run. In the recent years, though, the team has paid for the aging of superstars of the 1990s and early 2000s and next to nothing in the farm system to replace them.

Given the struggles in the farmland, still ranked one of baseball's worst by most publications, Crane is making it an emphasis for future building.

"Our style will be smart," Crane said. "I think it starts with the draft. We want to make sure we're building the team for the future. If you look at the model teams that have been successful for long periods of time, build it from the bottom. That will be the style when we start."

Copyright (C) 2011 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
2015 Team Leaders
AVGJose Altuve , 2B.313
HREvan Gattis , DH27
RBIEvan Gattis , DH88
OBPJose Altuve , 2B.353
SLGEvan Gattis , DH.463
RJose Altuve , 2B86
SBJose Altuve , 2B38
WDallas Keuchel , SP20
ERADallas Keuchel , SP2.48
WHIPDallas Keuchel , SP1.02
KDallas Keuchel , SP216
SVLuke Gregerson , RP31

Latest Astros Video

October 12, 2015
Royals rally to even ALDS (1:32)
October 9, 2015
Royals come from behind to tie ALDS series at 1
October 9, 2015
Astros take game 1 of ALDS
October 7, 2015
Astros blank Yankees and move on to face Royals
Fantasy Games