Bye Houston, in 2013
MLB formally approved the sale of the Astros to Jim Crane on Thursday. What does that mean for the Reds, you ask?
As part of the deal, the Astros will move out of the National League Central and to the American League West beginning with the 2013 season.
That’s one less division rival for the Reds to play in what’s currently the only six-team division in MLB. In the short term as 106-loss Houston rebuilds, it’s not exactly a big plus for the Reds. But over the long term, this should be a good development for the Reds.
This also means there will be 15 teams in each league and Interleague play throughout the year in 2013. That should be interesting.
*One other quick note: Brandon Phillips tweeted he is headed to Cincinnati today. Of course, he tweeted yesterday he was hoping for good news in contract talks. The trip is probably for personal reasons, because I have been told that there is no deal done yet.