Astros Dismiss Ed Wade, Tal Smith

11:33pm: The Astros have confirmed in a press release that they are letting General Manager Ed Wade and President of Baseball Operations Tal Smith go.  The release goes on to say that Assistant GM Dave Gottfried will serve as interim GM until a new GM is hired.  However, Gottfried is not a candidate for the permanent position.  The search for a new GM "begins immediately".

11:21pm: Tal Smith said he was told by team president George Postolos he and GM Ed Wade are being dismissed, tweets Mark Berman of FOX 26.

8:41pm: The Astros, coming off the worst season in franchise history, are expected to announce major changes Monday, including the dismissal of GM Ed Wade, major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Furthermore, Tal Smith, the team’s president of baseball operations, is also expected to leave his current position, possibly by retiring. 

The fate of manager Brad Mills, who is under contract through 2012 with an option for ’13, is uncertain. Mills could be part of the initial housecleaning, or his future could be decided later by the team's next GM.

Last Sunday it was reported that Astros owner Jim Crane was prepared to make a swift decision on the futures of Wade and Smith.  Now, Crane and new team president George Postolos plan one-on-one meetings with all of the team’s top executives starting Monday, sources tell Rosenthal and Morosi.

Wade has served as Houston's GM for just over four years and is under contract through 2012.  Smith, meanwhile, has been with the Astros a total of 35 years, the last 17 as club president.  In total, he's spent 54 years in baseball.

There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding Wade's job security in recent weeks.  Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com wrote that if Wade were to be fired, the club could have an ambitious wish list including  Rangers executives A.J. Preller and Thad Levine and Rays executives Andrew Friedman and Gerry Hunsicker.  Hunsicker previously served as Houston's GM from 1996-2004.

As we've heard before, Friedman is happy with his job in Tampa Bay and unlikely to leave, despite being a Houston native, tweets Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.  Knobler also tweets that friends of Crane say the owner is a fan of the Rangers organization.


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