George Postolos, who was hired as Astros president and CEO when Jim Crane took over as owner in late 2011, announced today that he’s resigning from the job.
According to his MLB.com bio Postolos “had worked with Crane for five years in pursuing an MLB franchise before ultimately completing the purchase of the Astros.”
Postolos was previously the president and CEO of the Rockets and the idea at the time was that he’d be a good fit with the Astros’ new-school front office.
While both sides’ press releases make it sound like an amicable parting of ways, Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that “there was an increasing divide within Astros and many were unhappy with decisions made by Postolos.”
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.
Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.
Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?