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Houston Expected to Move to the American League

Houston Expected to Move to the American League

We've heard the rumors for awhile now that Major League Baseball could be set for realignment, and that Houston could play a big part in that.  Peter Gammons is reporting that Houston's ownership change is expected to go through in mid-November, and that it is expected to include a move to the American League.

Earlier today we heard that Theo Epstein had accepted a deal with the Chicago Cubs to be their new General Manager.  That move, plus the realignment of the Astros, makes the NL Central a much tougher division for a small market team like the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2011, the Astros and Cubs finished under the Pirates in the standings.  The Pirates finished with a combined 19-15 record against the two teams, and that might have been better if they would have avoided the four game sweep against the Cubs in August.  Neither team has done much to try and built through the draft, and both teams were getting older, with expensive players that were making too much for their declini...

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