MLB notes: New Astros owner cleans house
By QMI Agency
Less than two weeks after the sale of the Houston Astros, general manager Ed Wade and president Tal Smith have been dismissed.
New owner Jim Crane had said he would "make some very, very quick adjustments" when his $610-million purchased was finalized Nov. 17.
Assistant GM David Gottfried will serve as interim GM but is not a candidate to replace Wade.
"I'm disappointed I didn't get a chance to see this through to the end," Wade said. "We've made tremendous strides. We've cleared some pretty serious hurdles and have worked through some obstacles over the last several months, and I do think the organization is better for it."
The Astros will move to the AL West from the NL Central in 2013.
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