By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610

Houston (CBS Houston)– The Houston Astros are trying to make waves in the offseason to distance themselves away from the nightmare franchise record of 111 losses, called the 2013 season.

But with the recent news, it’s not starting off strong.

Cuban free agent and much needed slugger Jose Abreu narrowed his team search earlier this week and the Astros were on the list of teams he potentially would sign with, according

Unfortunately for the Stros’, Abreu agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract pending a physical with the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

This news is coming out the same day where it’s being reported that Astros owner Jim Crane said that when Texas Rangers Chief Executive Officer Nolan Ryan retires at the end of the month the Astros organization is ‘all ears.’

“I like Nolan (Ryan), and at some point if Nolan wanted to do something, we’re all ears,” Crane reportedly told

Ryan announced his retirement Thursday, his last day would be October 31, 2013.

“To me, Nolan Ryan’s it,” Crane told the Houston Chronicle. “He’s one of the best pitchers ever. He’s from our neighborhood. He grew up here. He’s probably the biggest name in baseball in Texas. He means a lot.”

Whatever happens with the roster or front office, it would be nice if the Astros could at least grab one major win in the offseason.

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi



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