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Astros interview Dodgers’ Logan White

The Astros have interviewed Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White for their vacant general manager position, a Major League Baseball source told MLB.com.

White just completed his 10th season with the Dodgers and fifth as assistant GM in charge of scouting. White oversees the organization’s amateur and international scouting efforts and is the fourth know candidate to interview for the job that became vacant when Ed Wade was let go.

White interviewed with the Astros in 2007 prior to Wade’s hiring.

Astros president and CEO George Postolos had no comment.

Others known to have interviewed are Rockies senior vice president of scouting and player development/assistant general manager Bill Geivett, Cardinals vice president of player procurement Jeff Luhnow and Royals assistant GM in charge of scouting and player development J.J. Picollo.

The Astros are focused on GM candidates who have a strong track record in scouting and player development as they try to rebuild the club following a 106-loss season.

Geivett in Houston to interview with Astros

Bill Geivett, the senior vice president of scouting and player development/assistant general manager of the Colorado Rockies, arrived in Houston on Friday morning to interview with the Astros for their vacant general manager position.

The Astros are trying to fill their GM spot that became open when Ed Wade was dismissed last week after four-plus years.

“I’m very excited to be here and it’s a great organization and a great city and everybody knows a great state,” Geivett said. “I’m very excited and we’ll see how it goes today.”

Geivett is the first known candidate to come to Houston to interview, though the team has reached out to Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine, who has since said he will stay with the Rangers.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Geivett said.

Geivett, 47, oversees both scouting and player development for the Rockies, while also assisting GM Dan O’Dowd with all baseball decisions and evaluations. He joined the Rockies in 2000 and just completed his 11th season with the club and 24th in professional baseball.

The club’s director of player personnel since 2000, Geivett added the role of farm director in 2003. He came to Colorado from the Dodgers where he had worked since September of 1998, most recently as assistant GM (2000).

Geivett is the former special assistant to the GM for the Devil Rays and headed Montreal’s farm system for three years. He broke into the majors with the Yankees as a scout and organizational instructor in 1991. He coached collegiately at Loyola Marymount (1989) and Long Beach State (1990).

Rockies’ Geivett in running for Astros’ job

Bill Geivett, the senior vice president of scouting and player development/assistant general manager of the Colorado Rockies, has been given permission to interview with the Astros, a Major League Baseball source confirmed for MLB.com on Thursday.

Houston is trying to fill its GM spot that became open when Ed Wade was dismissed last week after four-plus years.

Geivett, 47, oversees both scouting and player development for the Rockies, while also assisting GM Dan O’Dowd with all baseball decisions and evaluations. He joined the Rockies in 2000 and just completed his 11th season with the club and 24th in professional baseball.

 

New GM will come after Winter Meetings

The Astros won’t have a new general manager in place until after the Winter Meetings, which get underway Monday in Dallas.

Assistant general manager David Gottfried, who has assumed the role of general manager until a full-time replacement can be found, said Monday he was told by team president and CEO George Postolos he would remain as interim GM through at least the Winter Meetings.

“George indicated yesterday it would be through the Winter Meetings, and he didn’t indicate how far beyond and I didn’t ask,” Gottfried said.

The Astros are searching for a new GM after Ed Wade was dismissed following four-plus seasons on the job. New owner Jim Crane and Postolos will have plenty of opportunities to interview potential candidates at the Winter Meetings, when front-office executives from every team will be in attendance.

Postolos, who wasn’t available for comment Monday and hasn’t laid out a timetable for finding a GM, did contact manager Brad Mills to address rumors his job status was in question. Mills is under contract through 2012 with a club option for 2013 and no change is imminent.

“There was some speculation out there [Sunday] night and I think that was all premature and not accurate,” Gottfried said. “George reached out to Millsie personally to make him aware.”

Gottfried, who’s been with the club for 13 years, including five as assistant GM, said the club’s goal remains the same in the wake of the dismissal of Wade and long-time president of baseball operations Tal Smith.

“We’re just going to continue to load up the farm system as best we can,” he said. “Certainly, in all my conversations with George, he wants to get good and stay good for a long time and believes, like many people, the best way to do that is with a strong farm system.”

Wade told last week he wouldn’t return

Former Astros general manager Ed Wade told MLB.com on Monday that he was informed by owner Jim Crane and club president and CEO George Postolos last week that he would not be returning for another season in Houston.

The Astros began a major shake-up of their front office by announcing late Sunday president of baseball operations Tal Smith andWade were being dismissed. The moves come less than a week after a group led by Crane assumed control of the club from long-time owner Drayton McLane and only a week before baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, scheduled to begin next Monday in Dallas

Wade said he was informed in a meeting with Crane and Postolos on Wednesday morning he wasn’t going to be retained, and he left flew to his Philadelphia-area home later that night for a previously scheduled to trip to spend time with his family at Thanksgiving.

“There was really no discussion beyond that beyond timing of announcement,” Wade said. “I did have an opportunity to talk about some of our staff and the esteem I hold them and [manager Brad Mills]. It was a very brief conversation. We’ll move forward from here.”

Wade, who was hired Sept. 20, 2007 to replace Tim Purpura, inherited a team with a barren Minor League system and an owner who would trim payroll over the next few years prior to selling the club. The Astros contended in 2008, going 86-75 and finishing in third place, before slumping to 88 losses in 2009 and 86 in 2010. <p>

The team, which traded away franchise icons Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman in 2010 and up-and-coming players Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn in 2011, hit rock bottom last season en route to losing a club-record 106 games and having 20 rookies see playing time. <p>

Smith, Wade out in front office shake-up

The Astros began a major shake-up of their front office by announcing late Sunday president of baseball operations Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade were being dismissed.

The moves come less than a week after a group led by Houston businessman Jim Crane assumed control of the club from long-time owner Drayton McLane and only a week before baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, scheduled to begin next Monday in Dallas.

Crane’s $610 million bid to buy the Astros was approved by Major League Baseball owners Nov. 17, and he told reporters shortly after being approved that significant changes were on the way.

Smith, who just completed his 54th season in baseball and 17th consecutive with the Astros, was a close confidant of McLane and has been a mainstay in the Houston baseball scene for decades. Wade had been on the job with the Astros for four-plus seasons.

In a statement released by the club, team president and CEO George Postolos said assistant general manager David Gottfried will serve as interim general manager, but is not a candidate for the permanent position.

“With the change in ownership, we would like a fresh start in baseball operations,” Postolos said. “We have told Ed Wade and Tal Smith that we are making a change. We recognize their dedication to the Houston Astros. We thank each of them for their significant contributions and many years of service to the Astros, and wish them our very best as they pursue new opportunities.

“The search for a new general manager begins immediately. We are searching for a candidate who has the knowledge, skills and experience to build a winner and a strong commitment to player development in order to sustain success. Our goal is to consistently compete for a championship, and we know the first step towards that goal is to develop one of the top farm systems in baseball. We will hire the best candidate available to achieve our goal.”

Towles, Clemens file for free agency

First baseman Koby Clemens and catcher J.R. Towles were among the Astros Minor League players to file for free agency, according to a list in Baseball America. The majority of the players are the list are six-year free agents, which means the Astros have used all six of his contract renewals.

“The list, in total, is very interesting to us,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said. “We’ve spent a lot of time – Ricky Bennett, Charlie Norton and Pete Putila here in our office – going through the reports, ranking the six-year free agents and talking to our player development staff and scouting personnel and being aggressive in getting out there and trying to make contact and offers to see if we can do some things to help the club.

“We were very successful in that respect last year when you look at people like Fernando Rodriguez and Carlos Corporan and others. We view it as a vehicle to be able to strengthen the depth at not only the Minor League level, but also help the big-league club as well.”

Wade wasn’t prepared to close the door on bringing back any of the team’s own players who have filed for free agency.

“At the end of the day, if it works out that we feel they’re the right players, we’ll go ahead and pursue them,” he said.

Here is the Astros’ list:

Astros (16)
RHP:
Erick Abreu (AA), Sammy Gervacio (AAA), Brad James (AA), Ross Wolf (AAA)
LHP: Kristian Bueno (SS), Ryan Rowland-Smith (AAA), Andy Van Hekken (AAA)
C: J.R. Towles (AAA)
1B: Koby Clemens (AAA)
2B: Jose Vallejo (AAA)
3B: Jhonny Medrano (Lo A), Oswaldo Navarro (AAA)
SS: Anderson Hernandez (AAA), Wladimir Sutil (AA)
OF: Luis Durango (AAA), Drew Locke (AAA)

Arizona Fall League update

There will be more on the Arizona Fall League and some other Astros playing in winter ball when the story posts on Astros.com later today, but here’s a sneak peek:

Astros general manager Ed Wade came away impressed after spending some time earlier this month getting a close-up look at the club’s prospects that are participating in the Arizona Fall League, which is about halfway through its schedule.

The seven players from the Houston organization are competing for the Salt River Rafters.

“We’re pleased with the way things are going there,” said Wade, who traveled to Arizona early in the month with assistant general manager David Gottfried. “We missed Jason Castro while we were there. I had seen him in instructional league the previous week and we had given Jason permission to be in a wedding and we missed him when we were out there. All reports we have gotten have been very solid.”

Astros Major League scout Paul Ricciarini is currently in Arizona and has sent positive reports back about Castro, who tore his right anterior cruciate ligament running the bases early in Spring Training and had season-ending knee surgery in March.

Castro, who’s expected to be the team’s starting catcher next year, was hitting .167 with five strikeouts in only 12 at-bats in four games (he was slowed by a ribcage injury), but he went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI on Thursday and, more importantly, is in good shape physically.

“Paul was very impressed with the way Jason has progressed since the last time he had a chance to see him,” Wade said.

The player putting up the best numbers for the Astros is first baseman Kody Hinze, who slugged 29 homers last season between Class A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi combined. He was hitting .294 with two homers and nine RBIs through nine games.

Jake Goebbert, a left-handed-hitting outfielder who progressed from Lancaster to Triple-A Oklahoma City last season and hit a combined .290 with 12 homers and 67 RBIs, was batting .162 with two homers and three RBIs in 10 games. Speedy outfielder Jay Austin had appeared in five games and was hitting .263 with three stolen bases.

“From the position players we did see, Kody Hinze was swinging the bat well and driving in some runs,” Wade said. “Jay Austin was out there on a taxi squad and played a couple of games and got on base, and we see the same tools and same out of Jay since we drafted him and signed him. He just needs to continue to be given opportunities. He’s probably one of those guys that’s going to take a level at a time to get his feet on the ground and show what he’s capable of doing.

“Goebbert played in a couple of games and swung the bat well. He knows how to play the game the right way and we like what we saw out of him.

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who went 9-7 with a 3.17 ERA at Double-A before getting his feet wet at Triple-A last season, is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts in Arizona.

“He’s one of those guys you have to ignore the radar gun when he’s pitching because he’s not going to put up big gun numbers,” Wade said. “In the game I saw him pitch, he was consistent with what I’ve seen out of him every time he’s pitched. He commanded his pitches well and he’s got an excellent changeup and changes speeds.”

Right-hander Jason Stoffel had appeared in six games and allowed five earned runs and eight walks and struck out nine batters in five innings. Right-hander Josh Zeid was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in six games, but he had allowed only one run in his past three outings entering play Monday.

Springer enjoys Houston visit

Astros first-round pick George Springer III made his first visit to Houston on Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t to sign a contract. Springer took and passed a team physical, getting the procedure out of the way in advance of the Aug. 15 signing deadline.

Springer briefly visited Minute Maid Park before hopping a plane back to his home in Connecticut.

“It’s an incredible ballpark,” Springer told MLB.com. “The atmosphere and the whole feel of the stadium was something special to me. [Houston] is an incredible place. I didn’t know it was as big as it was.”

Springer, 21, was drafted with the No. 11 overall pick out of the University of Connecticut, where he hit .343 with 12 homers and 77 RBIs with 31 stolen bases and a .450 on-base percentage during his junior season. He briefly met Astros manager Brad Mills on Friday.

“He seemed like a great guy,” Springer said. “He’s a baseball guy and was fun to be around for a while. I was only there a short time. It was basically in and out.”

Astros general manager Ed Wade wanted to get the physical done in case Springer signs near the deadline.

“If this thing drifts to the Aug. 15 deadline, we don’t have to set our hair on fire at that point to try to get an agreement in place,” Wade said. “He passed it with flying colors. It was an in-and-out deal. [Team medical director] Dr. [David] Lintner and the people at Methodist Hospital paved the way for him. The hard part is done. Now the easy part comes, getting him signed.”

Wade said he expects negotiations to continue until the deadline. The Astros are hoping to sign Springer, third-round pick Jack Armstrong, who’s currently pitching in the Cape Cod League, and 13th-round pick Horace Stubblefield, a right-handed pitcher from Lufkin, Texas.

Game 32: 8 pitchers take turns

The biggest news Saturday at Astros camp came in the morning, when it was revealed starting shortstop Clint Barmes would miss four to six weeks with a broken bone in his left hand, suffered when he was hit by a pitch Friday.

That’s a big blow to an Astros team that already has seen starting catcher Jason Castro likely lost for the entire season. The NL Central has been hit hard by injuries this spring, with Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals out for the year, Zach Greinke of the Brewers starting the season on the disabled list and Reds pitchers Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto injured to begin the season.

Here’s the recap of the Astros’ 10-0 loss to the Nationals:

What went right: Eight different pitchers got work in Saturday, with reliever Henry Villar starting and giving up two hits and two earned runs in two innings. Wilton Lopez, Fernando Abad and Gustavo Chacin each threw a scoreless inning.

Abad, who’s struggled mightily this spring, had better command of his fastball, keeping it down better in the zone than he has in previous outings. Enerio Del Rosario stretched his scoreless innings streak to 12 1/3, but it wasn’t without some drama.

He loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth and would have escaped the inning had he not dropped a throw at first base, allowing an unearned to score. The next batter ripped a line drive back at him, and Del Rosario knocked it down and scurried to throw him out to end the inning.

Jason Bourgeois and Brett Wallace had the only hits for the Astros, both singles. Wallace also walked and is hitting .365.

What went wrong: Playing without Michael bourn, Clint Barmes and Bill Hall, the Astros were held to two singles, going 2-for-28 as a team. Angel Sanchez was 0-for-4, and Hunter Pence and Oswaldo Navarro were 0-for-3. Wallace and Del Rosario made fielding errors.

On the mound, Brandon Lyon allowed two hits and one earned run in one inning, Mark Melancon gave up two earned in one inning and Aneury Rodriguez squandered three earned runs and two hits in one inning.

What they said: “You start feeling sorry for yourself and all you have to do is look at what’s happening at other people’s camps. That’s why you try to build as much depth as you can, and that’s why every general manager in the game starts to hold their breath the last 10 days of Spring Training and hope things like this don’t occur.” — Astros general manager Ed Wade on the injury to Clint Barmes.

What’s next: In the final spring game of the season at Kissimmee’s Osceola County Stadium, the Astros will send Wandy Rodriguez to the mound in his final start before the regular season. Ryan Rowland-Smith, Aneury Rodriguez and Ross Wolf are also going to get in some work.

Injury update: SS Clint Barmes was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left hand and will be out four to six weeks. … C J.R. Towles woke up Saturday with back tightness and was scratched from the lineup. He’ll be reevaluated Sunday.

Here are today’s photos:

The Astros packed their truck for Houston on Saturday morning.

Bill Hall and special advisor Enos Cabell chat before Saturday's workout

Alberto Arias talks with trainers and Dr. David Lintner after throwing off the mound. He hasn't pitched a spring game this year because of shoulder tendinitis.

Jeff Keppinger, who is slowly recovering from Jan. 14 foot surgery, plays catch in the outfield Saturday morning.

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