Gammons: Astros sale to be done mid-November, team will move to A.L.

In this file photo, the St. Louis Cardinals, left, and the Houston Astros line up for the national anthem at the Astros' baseball season home opener Monday, April 7, 2008, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
October 12, 2011 4:30:13 PM PDT
Big news in Major League Baseball Wednesday as speculation grows about the Astros possibly leaving the National League Central to join the American League West. This all comes as the sale of the team continues to drag on.

Right now there are conflicting points of view as to whether or not the Astros sale will be done by the November 30 deadline.

Renowned baseball writer Gammons, who works for mlb.com, tweeted this morning that the sale of the Astros to Jim Crane's group would get done by mid-November and that the Astros would move to the American League.

Through his Twitter account Wednesday, Gammons tweeted, "Houston ownership change expected to go through in mid-November, w/ AL move."

This comes two days after Crane released a statement that said he had a positive meeting with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and that the process is moving forward.

After Gammons' tweet, Crane's spokesperson released another statement saying there have been no meetings about moving the Astros to the American League.

Crane says he has not agreed to that and baseball would have to compensate the team if they did switch leagues. The reason is the fact that the team would play more games on the West Coast, meaning later start times, and that translates into lower TV viewership which makes their TV deal less valuable.

The team would also have to go out and sign a designated hitter which is a big cost.

The Houston Astros told Eyewitness Sports that they "will not comment on a tweet."

Fan opinion around Houston was mixed about a potential move to the American League.

A source close to Crane said this week if a deal isn't struck and there's no approval by the league, Crane would walk away. And Drayton McLane would have a very tough time finding someone else to pay $680 million for the franchise.

Stay with Eyewitness News and abc13.com for the latest on this story.


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