What moves does Jim Crane have in mind?

At Thursday’s press conference Jim Crane said he would be making a few moves shortly after Thanksgiving. What exactly does the Astros new owner have in mind? Crane went on to say that the plan is to continue to develop in the minor leagues. That would suggest that he plans to trade one or more of the remaining veterans or…

Perhaps Crane is about to clean house. Ed Wade and Brad Mills could both be on the hot seat. Wade’s tenure as the Astros G.M. can be described as mediocre at best. The same could be said about manager Brad Mills. One reader commented that Mills has American League experience from his days as a bench coach in Boston. This is true, but the move to the A.L. is a year away. Is Crane willing to take a wait and see approach with his skipper? Maybe not. I don’t think I would.

Wade has been anything but a popular figure in Houston. Rumors continue to swirl about the possibility of Andrew Friedman being brought in to replace Wade. Removing Wade and/or Mills would be more popular with fans than trading away Wandy Rodriguez would. Crane knows he has to win back fans and has stated as much. Plus, players like Rodriguez, Carlos Lee, and Brett Myers could bring more prospects if dealt at the trade deadline, especially if a more competent G.M. was constructing those deals. Keeping those players around for the first half of the season should also translate into more wins. In addition, they provide a veteran presence in the clubhouse. I think both of those are important factors for the young players.

In short, Mills and Wade should be very nervous right about now. I guess we will find out in a week or so.

 

Topics: Andrew Friedman, Ed Wade, Houston Astros, Jim Crane, Wandy Rodriguez

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  • BHam2421

    Firing Ed Wade and Tal Smith would be a huge start. This organization has needed to rid themselves of Tal Smith for years now. I personally don’t think Mills is going to be fired but who knows. It will definitely be interesting.

  • BHam2421

    Firing Ed Wade and Tal Smith would be a huge start. This organization has needed to rid themselves of Tal Smith for years now. I personally don’t think Mills is going to be fired but who knows. It will definitely be interesting.

  • Stroscrow

    Mediocre at best is a good way to describe Ed Wade’s tenure. Sometimes I wonder if that is a fair assessment or not. To be honest the team has needed to rebuild ever since Wade’s regime started in 07. Instead Mclane wanted band aid solutions and to remain competitive until 2010. So from 07 to 2010 the plan was to keep bringing in mediocre guys to supplement the team. This pushed the Astros further into a black hole. When the economy tightened and Mclanes revenue stream started to diminish during this time period. So as far as free agency goes Wade never had much money to spend which could have been a blessing in disguise. I don’t blame Wade for Pedro Feliz or Bill Hall because they were low risk budget signings.

    The Myers and Wandy extensions are looking pretty rough right now especially Myers. Wandy’s seems fair, but there’s not much excess value there.

    His trades are 50-50. He has done good on low end trades, and some of the more high profile trades look solid. The Roy O trade was undersold.

    The waiver wire is where Wade has really had some success.

  • Stroscrow

    Mediocre at best is a good way to describe Ed Wade’s tenure. Sometimes I wonder if that is a fair assessment or not. To be honest the team has needed to rebuild ever since Wade’s regime started in 07. Instead Mclane wanted band aid solutions and to remain competitive until 2010. So from 07 to 2010 the plan was to keep bringing in mediocre guys to supplement the team. This pushed the Astros further into a black hole. When the economy tightened and Mclanes revenue stream started to diminish during this time period. So as far as free agency goes Wade never had much money to spend which could have been a blessing in disguise. I don’t blame Wade for Pedro Feliz or Bill Hall because they were low risk budget signings.

    The Myers and Wandy extensions are looking pretty rough right now especially Myers. Wandy’s seems fair, but there’s not much excess value there.

    His trades are 50-50. He has done good on low end trades, and some of the more high profile trades look solid. The Roy O trade was undersold.

    The waiver wire is where Wade has really had some success.

  • LEXthePEX

    I really think we are going to see some fireworks this week and next. Wade/Smith/Heck all seem like history, just no kind of support at the presser. Mills is the one that intrigues me, I thought he was pretty safe but the vibe I got was that a complete makeover was coming, including Millsy. Not sure who he’d have in mind but Crane really likes what the Rangers have/are doing and they have a pretty popular guy on their staff…Mike Maddux.

  • LEXthePEX

    I really think we are going to see some fireworks this week and next. Wade/Smith/Heck all seem like history, just no kind of support at the presser. Mills is the one that intrigues me, I thought he was pretty safe but the vibe I got was that a complete makeover was coming, including Millsy. Not sure who he’d have in mind but Crane really likes what the Rangers have/are doing and they have a pretty popular guy on their staff…Mike Maddux.

  • BHam2421

    I would turn cartwheels all the way to Minute Maid if we were able to get Andrew Friedman as GM and Mike Maddux as our next manager. IMO, we need a pitching coach as our next manager for several reasons.

    I would like to keep Bobby Heck because I truly feel that Drayton would not let Wade/Heck draft anyone who would sign for slot or slightly above slot. I’d like to see how Heck will do when he has an owner who wants to build through the draft.

  • BHam2421

    I would turn cartwheels all the way to Minute Maid if we were able to get Andrew Friedman as GM and Mike Maddux as our next manager. IMO, we need a pitching coach as our next manager for several reasons.

    I would like to keep Bobby Heck because I truly feel that Drayton would not let Wade/Heck draft anyone who would sign for slot or slightly above slot. I’d like to see how Heck will do when he has an owner who wants to build through the draft.

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