Astros owner Drayton McLane doesn’t appear to be long for the baseball team. Last night, FOX 26’s Mark Berman reached McLane and learned that the sale of the team to Jim Crane will “hopefully” be completed within the next two weeks.
“We’re negotiating exclusively with Jim Crane now,” McLane said. "No signed contract.
“No money has been put up and hopefully that can get done in the next ten days to two weeks.”
“Jim would be a very good owner, a very responsible person, but he’s working on his financing and we’re negotiating the deal, so there’s more work to be done. So It’s premature to say anything has been concluded.”
Of course this isn’t a done deal yet, but it looks like every sign is pointing to Jim Crane being the next owner of the Houston Astros. The two week timetable may be a little aggressive for the official changing of the guard, but it would not be surprising at all to see this sale finalized by the All-Star break, as 1560’s John Perrotto originally speculated.