Bud Selig, in his question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America before Tuesday night’s All Star game, says the sale of the Astros is “on track.” The commissioner, however, doesn’t know if it will be approved this month or next.
Houston businessman Jim Crane is waiting for approval from MLB before he can take over the Astros. Crane and current owner Drayton McLane agreed to a $680 million sale in May. McLane said at the time he expected the deal to gain league approval by mid-July.
There is a growing sense the deal won’t be approved until the MLB owners meetings on August 18th. That could affect the Astros actions at the upcoming non-waiver trading deadline, July 31.
However, Crane’s representatives have been consulted on any major personnel decisions since the sale was announced, including the release of veteran Bill Hall and the firing of pitching coach Brad Arnsberg. And they are expected to be involved in any trade decisions even if the sale has not yet been approved.