Jim Crane took over as the new owner of the Houston Astros last Tuesday, and immediately promised to address necessary staff changes after Thanksgiving. He apparently decided to include Black Friday and the following weekend in his schedule, but not much else: according to a report tweeted by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Crane's changes will begin on Monday.
"Astros expected to announce major changes Monday," Rosenthal wrote, "including dismissal of GM Ed Wade."
Wade took over as Astros general manager in 2007 and was responsible for a number of largely unsuccessful player moves, perhaps most notably trading for Miguel Tejada just before the infielder was named in the Mitchell Report as a potential steroid user. In a follow-up report, Rosenthal indicates that Astros president of baseball operations Tal Smith will also be leaving the team on Monday.