Recently we learned that Jim Crane, who is currently in negotiations to purchase the Astros, has Andrew Friedman at the top of his list of potential General Managers should he acquire the team. While we dismissed that as wishful thinking, the plot has suddenly thickened.
Andrew Friedman’s father, Kenny Friedman, a Houston-based attorney, has formed a rival investment group that wants to purchase the Houston Astros should negotiations with Crane fall apart.
“It’s been just a very short period of time, just a few weeks, but I’ve been very pleased with the response we’ve gotten from a number of people,” Friedman said. “I understand they recently entered into an exclusive negotiating period with Mr. Crane and his group, which is not surprising. They’re well ahead in their efforts. I’m going to continue to keep pushing until someone tells me not to…”We have a number of investors that are major investors,” Friedman said. “We have a number of people that have said, ‘If you need a deal, I think we’re in good shape”…Friedman was asked about his confidence to put a deal together if Crane doesn’t buy the team…”My confidence is 100 percent,” he said. “I think it would take us a few weeks to put together a solid deal.”
We raised our eyebrow when we heard Crane wants the younger Friedman. While we can’t see Friedman leaving Stuart Sternberg, we also don’t know if Friedman would be interested in working for his hometown team.
Now that his father is interested in buying the team, we are genuinely concerned.
Look for this story to gain steam once the sale is finalized. No matter who buys the team Friedman will be an instant target.