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Astros News And Notes: 11/22

With the offseason in full swing, I’ll try and recap the latest small tidbits of Astros information each week. The pieces of big news will receive it’s own articles but all small information will be recapped in Astros News and Notes on each Friday.

With the Rule 5 protection deadline this past week, the Astros made several moves to prepare for the December Rule 5 draft. The Astros claimed (now) former St. Louis Cardinals INF Ryan Jackson. Jackson was brought in to replace Jake Elmore who was claimed by the Chicago White Sox earlier in the day. The Astros also outrighted OF J.D. Martinez to Triple-A OKC. Martinez has fallen off the Astros future plans following a few rough seasons. The Astros also released John Ely who failed to record an official MLB inning after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in late April. Those moves were made so the Astros can protect Asher Wojciechowski, Domingo Santana, and Luis Cruz. The 40-man roster now stands at 37.

The CSN Houston deal keeps frustrating Houston fans and the end doesn’t seem like it’s nearing any time soon. Just yesterday Jim Crane decided to sue Drayton McLane, Comcast, and NBC Universal claiming fraud. David Barron of the Houston Chronicle has been all over the CSN Houston case from the beginning. From Barron’s article;

The suit accuses McLane, who sold the Astros and his CSN Houston share to Crane in 2011 for $615 million, of selling “an asset (the network) they knew at the time to be overpriced and broken.” It also says Crane was “duped” when he bought McLane’s network interest based on what have been proved to be “knowing misrepresentations” and “falsely inflated subscription rates.”

“Ultimately, fans of the Houston Astros have been injured because defendants’ misrepresentations leave (Crane) with an impossible choice: either accept the broken network as is and deprive thousands of fans the ability to watch Houston Astros games on their televisions, or distribute the game at market rates and take massive losses out of the Houston Astros player payroll – thereby dooming the franchise for years to come,” the suit adds.

Jim Crane has a press conference scheduled later today to discuss the suit. Make sure you are following @dfbarron for the latest on the CSN Houston ordeal.


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