Outgoing Owner Confirms Astros Move To AL West

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The Houston Astros' long-rumored move from the NL Central to the AL West has been confirmed by outgoing team owner Drayton McLane, according to a tweet from USA Today beat writer Bob Nightengale:

The Astros sale is on the agenda tomorrow and McLane confirms they are moving to AL West.

Nightengale was reporting from the general manager meetings in Milwaukee.

The move is expected to take effect in the 2013 season, and will likely be accompanied by the addition of another wildcard team from each league in the playoffs.