I don’t know why I haven’t seen more of this story. I guess Epstein to the Cubs is bigger, but according to MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, the sale of the Houston Astros is supposed to be a done-deal by mid-November. The deal will include a move to the American League.
Drayton MacLane agreed to sell the ball club for $680 million to a group led by Jim Crane. The deal still has to be approved by MLB owners and the Astros would move into the American League West after spending all of its 50 years of existence in the National League.
Adding the Astros to the mix will be a different ball game for American League teams that don’t even see the Astros usually during interleague play. American League clubs will get to see youngsters like J.A. Happ, J.D. Martinez and Brian Bogusevic mostly for the first time.