Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane is reportedly close to selling the team to Houston businessman Jim Crane. And according to Phil Rgoers, if Crane does complete the purchase, one of his first moves will be to try to lure Andrew Friedman away from the Rays (via Chicago Tribune)…
Assuming he succeeds in buying the Astros from Drayton McLane, Jim Crane is expected to hire former Rockets president George Postolos to run his baseball operation. Crane reportedly is infatuated with the idea of prying GM Andrew Friedman away from the Rays.
This seems like a long-shot at best. Everything we have ever seen/heard/read has indicated that Friedman is content being part of the three-headed monster that includes Stuart Sternberg and Matt Silverman.
However, there are two things that should make this report at least a little worrisome: 1) everybody has their price, and it is fair to assume that Crane will offer Friedman a larger salary, one that may be significantly larger; and 2) Friedman is from Houston.
In the end though, this seems like wishful thinking from a new owner that is looking to make a splash with his new team. Until we hear differently from Friedman, we are going to assume that he will only leave for another team if Sternberg does.