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Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:34 pm
 
Jim CraneBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Red Sox aren't the only team searching for compensation these days, Jim Crane is seeking compensation for the Astros moving to the American League, several outlets are reporting.

While the Red Sox want talent, Crane, the prospective owner of the Astros, wants a discount on the $680 million purchase price that he agreed to with current owner Drayton McLane.

The New York Post reports Crane wants a $50 million discount, while MLB.com reports there's no set number.

Commissioner Bud Selig said last week he met with Crane earlier this month and had a good, productive meeting with the potential Houston owner.

According to MLB.com, Crane wants the price break to make up for the money spent on travel in the AL West and adding a designated hitter to the payroll.

The Houston Chronicle reports Selig has moved past  vetting Crane and is trying to finalize the deal.

"Baseball seems very interested to cause this to happen," the Chronicle quotes "an industry insider familiar with the negotiations" as saying. It also notes Crane has the leverage in the negotiations.

The move to the American League would even out the leagues at 15 teams each and five teams in each division, adding one team to the AL West and removing the Astros from the six-team NL Central.

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Comments

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

Houston to the AL West. Makes sense if Texas likes the Idea, and if Houston really likes the idea. Of course two teams could move. It would work just as well to move Houston to the NL West and Colorado to the AL West, or even Arizona to the AL West. But like I said somewhere else. Leave things alone. Get rid of IL play. Have only 4 Divisions NL 2x8 and AL 2x7 with 3 teams from each division making the playoffs First series 3 games. Division winner has a bye. You can make it real important to win division. Teams don't have to adjust to a DH roster. But MLB is too enamored with IL play. Going to two 15 team leagues will require more IL play and unfair scheduling.



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

Mr Simple Minded,  You don't want to move the Astros becaure of their 30 year traditional rivalries?  Yet you want to move either Philly or Pittsburgh who have been in place (and in the NL) much longer.  When MLB decides to start moving franchises around, they usually start with the doormats (you know, like Houston).  By the way, Houston and Arlington are farther apart than Philly is with either NY or DC.

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Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

the rangers are a fad???  have you missed the AL team in the World Series for the last 2 years?



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

You must be unemployed with tons of free time to comment on subjects that you have zero interest in. What are your thoughts on Iran and Solar energy? I bet your insight is fascinating! MLB is doing just fine without your valuable insight.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

I don't think any of it makes sense. Expanding 2 more teams would make most sense. if not, then getting rid of IL games and having 2 8 team leagues in ther NL and two 7 team leagues in the Al ( even though the AL would have to play a slightly unbalanced schedule. Let the top 3 teams in each Div make the playoffs. The bottom 2 play a best of three, then a best of 5 and then a best of 7 and then the WS. You could reward the higher finishing team with the additional home game. Best of 3 (2 and 1) Best of 5 (3 and 2) Best of 7 (2-3-2). It is too bad but if you are the lower finishing team, you don't get a home game (in the first 2 rounds) unless you win a road game.  The object is to reduce travel and give the higher finishing team some advantage for finishing higher. Everybody gets TV money. This way 12 teams get a shot instead of 8. And the unfairness of IL scheduling goes away. If the NL wanted to operate basically two separate leagues, it would cut down on travelling immensely. Or they could op for a 14 game schedule against each division opponent (98 games) and an 8 game sched for every other opponent (64 games). The latter is workable but rainouts could get messy.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

it makes so much more sense for so many reasons to move either Pittsburgh or Philly to the AL instead of Houston. Houston and Arlington are way too close to be competing for a fan base. Moving one of the PA teams means that only California would have teams in the same state that share the same league, versus creating more states with the same league shared teams. And since Milwaukee was the last to jump to the National League, the commish should take his pride and joy and undo the move back to the AL if it created an offset situation. Why move a team that has a 30 year history with rivals? This is a disaster of an idea. I hope it falls through for the fans. The Astros will have to move within 5 years if they go to the AL because they cant compete with Texas, two straight years to the World Series and a boatload of talent coming up. Why would anyone pay any mind to the lowly Astros? And about to get even lower. 



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:15 am
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

Do you even watch baseball?<br />




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

If the AL West is as WEAK as most sports experts say it is then the Astros would easily contend in the division. If I was Crane I would keep my big mouth shut and even pay more for the team now that I'm practically asssured of winning the division each year. The Angels have gotten old. The A's are always too young and too injured. The Rangers are a fad while the Mariners cannot decide on how to build a contender.



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

So is this s*** happening this offseason?  If so how is the schedule going to work for next year?  Fewer games and more off days? Interleague all year? 



Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:57 am
 

Crane wants discount on Astros sale to move to AL

Chip Bailey, the Houston chronicles’s fanblogger, asked fans what they wanted the $50 million spent on. Someone said, buy the whole TB team. Someone else said buy the whole Tampa Bay front office and scouts (which is at least a bit more plausible). Most of the comments were along the lines of send it to back to Bud Selig with instructions on where to put it in his anatomy.


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