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Could changes in Houston affect Red Sox?

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 28, 2011 01:20 AM

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New Astros owner Jim Crane fired team president Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade this evening.

New team president and chief executive officer George Postolos issued a statement saying, "With the change in ownership, we would like a fresh start in baseball operations.

You have to wonder what that means for manager Brad Mills, who is 132-192 in two seasons. The Astros lost 106 games in 2011. A new GM and a new owner usually means a new manager, too.

If Mills is next to go, would the Red Sox consider him as their manager? It seems unlikely.

Although Mills was widely respected during his five years as Terry Francona's bench coach, hiring somebody so closely aligned to the former manager wouldn't seem to make much sense. The Red Sox didn't even give DeMarlo Hale a courtesy interview.

You also have to wonder whether Mills would be interested in replacing his best friend after what was an ugly ending to his days in Boston. Business is business, but that's a tough one to pull off.

Presumably it'll be Gene Lamont or Bobby Valentine and likely this week.

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