Sources: Astros to shake up front office, fire GM

The Astros are expected to shake up their front office, with GM Ed Wade expected to be replaced soon, sources confirm.

Houston president Tal Smith is also expected to retire from the Astros. Smith's contract is believed to be up, and he viewed to be a likely departure. It is believed that Smith was financially taken care of by recently-departed owner Drayton McLane.

New Astros owner Jim Crane was just approved.

Rays GM Andrew Friedman, a Houston product, is a likely target to run the Astros' new regime. But Friedman has strong ties to Rays ownership and won't be easy to lure. If Friedman can't be had, a search may be conducted. One name to watch could be Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine. first reported on the Astros' expected shakeup.

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