Rosenthal reports on the state of the Astros

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Ken Rosenthal has a good piece up this morning about the state-of-the-Astros. Specifically, where they stand on the ownership transfer. The short version: Jim Crane is on track for approval, but it may not come before the trade deadline at the end of the month. Which leads to an interesting discussion of how much say an owner-in-waiting like Crane has on team moves.  In his case, I just hope he’s yelling “sell!” through a megaphone and hoping to be heard.

Also of interest: contrary to what many suspected last month, Major League Baseball has not made Crane’s acceptance of a move of the Astros to the American League a condition of the team’s sale.  In fact, the subject has not been brought up, Rosenthal’s sources tell him.

It’s a good article about a topic — the sale and potential revitalization and transformation of an MLB franchise — that is getting surprisingly little attention this summer.

Jacob deGrom scratched due to gloomy weather report

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The Mets have scratched Jacob deGrom from tonight’s start against the San Diego Padres because of the risk of rain in New York. Rafael Montero will start in deGrom’s place.

Manager Terry Collins said there is no physical issue with deGrom, but that because of the chance of rain, he didn’t want to risk a short outing. de Grom will start Friday’s game against the Pirates.

Red Sox to activate David Price for a Monday start

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Earlier today we talked about how David Price was knocked around in a minor league rehab start. Apparently he felt good while being knocked around because he’s going to make a start for the Red Sox on Monday afternoon against the White Sox.

Healthy is all that truly matters at this point, what with Drew Pomeranz struggling and Steven Wright out for the year. The Sox need someone to eat some innings at the moment. If it takes him a bit to get super sharp, well, so be it.