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.