The Astros are in the midst of a lost season; about a month ago I looked at the players they could move if they become trade deadline sellers. That storyline may heat up in July, but right now it's all about Jim Crane's purchase of the club. Today's links:
- Crane will be in the draft room with Astros management for the June 6th draft, reports ESPN's Buster Olney. However, Crane's purchase won't be approved by MLB by then, so he'll just be observing Ed Wade, Bobby Heck, and company. The Astros have the 11th overall pick in the draft.
- The Astros have to be smarter, explains Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle.
- In a column for MLB.com, former Astros manager Larry Dierker opines that Crane will have a "pretty good head start" on building the Astros from the ground up.