Astros sign GM Ed Wade through 2012
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Houston Astros extended the contract of general manager Ed Wade through the 2012 season. The team made the announcement on Saturday, when pitchers and catchers reported to Houston's spring training complex near Orlando.
Wade, who was originally hired as Astros GM on Sept. 20, 2007, was given a two-year extension on his original contract, which was through the 2010 season.
"We feel this is very appropriate," owner Drayton McLane said. "Ed is an outstanding baseball man. He's organized and has surrounded himself with a good, solid staff. Much of the work Ed did in Philadelphia had a lot to do with them becoming a champion. We feel he has us moving in the right direction to be a champion as well."
Houston went 74-88 last season, its second losing record in three years.
Wade is in his 34th season in professional baseball. Prior to his stint with the Astros, he served as the Philadelphia Phillies GM from 1998-2005 and then spent two seasons (2006-07) as a scout for the San Diego Padres.
"I'm tremendously gratified that Drayton has shown his faith in what we're doing here and what we hope to accomplish, both in 2010 and for years to come," the 54-year-old Wade said. "Drayton has been very supportive of our approach."
The Astros also said the contracts of assistant GMs Ricky Bennett and David Gottfried and scouting director Bobby Heck were all extended through 2012.
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