RICHMOND – Jim Crane just saw the team that he owns finish with the worst record in baseball for the 3rd straight season. They ended it on a club record 15-game losing streak.
But Crane believes things will only go up from here. That includes spending additional money by bringing in some new players off the free agent market.
“Basically it’s what we can get at the right price to fill in the spots,” Crane said Monday. “From here on out you’ll see us move the payroll up as we can spend the money wisely.”
Crane and host of former and current Astros took part in the team’s annual charity golf tournament at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond on Monday.
The results of the 2013 and what the future holds for the on-field product was just some of the discussions before everyone started their rounds. Other topics discussed included the teams new spring training home and the on-going issues with the team’s cable carrier, Comcast SportsNet Houston.
The network, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy over the weekend, has been a hot topic all over the city. The Astros released a statement on Saturday night saying they were unaware the filing was going to take place.
On Monday, Crane stayed focused on trying to get a deal done that would be both beneficial for the team and for the fans.
“We want to cut a good deal for the Astros so we can compete from a revenue stand point,” Crane said. “Then, we can put a good product on the field with that revenue because more than half of your revenue comes from the TV money.”
Crane indicated that the goal for next season is to have the Astros on television for the entire year. Whether that is with Comcast or not, that is still to be determined.
“We’re going to work hard to get a good deal from Comcast or whatever partner it might end up being,” Crane said. “We know who the other parties are and now that this has happened, we think there will be a lot of interest.”
“Comcast was in charge of executing the plan and the plan hasn’t evolved,” Crane continued. “We’ve tried to cooperate with them and work with them and the other affiliates haven’t bought in yet.”