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Astros Rumors: Jim Crane 'Infatuated' With Andrew Friedman

Not only does he draw little mash notes, but presumably-maybe-possibly-hopefully Astros-owner-to-be Jim Crane writes the i in Andrew Friedman with a heart on top of it. In fact, rumor has it that he still hasn't washed his hand since that time they met and shook at the Winter Meetings. Maybe he and Friedman better be a package deal, as we don't want Drayton McLane backing out over the possibility of an awkward handshake when that chewing gum gets stuck to his palm.

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Anyway, according to a throwaway line in a Chicago Tribune column, Crane would love to see Friedman work his magic for the Astros:

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Assuming he succeeds in buying the Astros from Drayton McLane, Jim Crane is expected to hire former Rockets president George Postolos to run his baseball operation. Crane reportedly is infatuated with the idea of prying GM Andrew Friedman away from the Rays.

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The culture shock that Houston would feel in moving from Ed Wade, who must pick up three new relievers every offseason by law, to Friedman, who is employing Kyle Farnsworth as a closer this year, may leave swarms of ex-Phillies players in stunned silence. 

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It would be hard to call a potential Friedman pickup anything but a no-brainer for the directionless Astros. Of course, it's not worth getting excited for just yet, considering that it's just one line in a humongous notes column. But even if it's not true, it sounds like Crane at least has a good idea of what his first objective as Astros owner would be.

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