Astros owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow are adamant that the team’s lawsuit against former owner Drayton McLane and Comcast won’t interfere with their stated desire to raise payroll this winter.

“His mission is still the same,” Crane said of Luhnow. “They’re still up there working right now trying to improve the team. Our plan is the exact same plan. Whether we made this lawsuit or we didn’t make the lawsuit they’re going to continue to move forward.”

After losing a franchise record 111 games to finish with baseball’s worst record with the lowest payroll in baseball in 2013, Crane has indicated that the Astros might raise payroll by about $30 million to around $50 million.

Luhnow has not hidden the fact that he would like to acquire a power bat, which will likely be an outfielder, multiple bullpen arms and perhaps even a veteran starting pitcher via free agency or trade this winter.

Luhnow acknowledges that he visited with the representatives of veteran outfielder Chris Young, a Bellaire High graduate who opted for one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Mets this week.

“Our plan has not changed,” Luhnow said. “We will continue to talk to free agents and we will continue to talk to teams about potential trades. I wouldn’t say (any deal is) close. I would say we’ve made offers on three or four players. There’s a lot of activity, but we don’t feel like anything’s imminent.”