Astros owner Jim Crane thinks his management team and one of the game’s best agents will be able to bury the hatchet. Crane talked briefly with two VIPs in front of the visiting third-base dugout on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium: Tigers Woods and Casey Close Close, the agent to Dexter Fowler who also advised unsigned Astros draft picks Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix, is a leading figure at Excel Sports Management, which represents Woods. “I’ll go up and talk to him tonight,” Crane said. “We’ll go and visit a little bit. But I’m not going to be dealing with Casey Close. That’s Jeff’s (general manager Jeff Luhnow’s) job. I know who he is, and we’ve talked once or twice, but I’m not dealing with contracts. That’s not my job.” Close had some very strong words about Astros management leading up to this year’s deadline to sign draft picks, when all of Aiken (the first overall pick), Nix (fifth round) and Mac Marshall (21st round) went unsigned as questions about Aiken’s throwing elbow arose. A grievance was filed by the player’s union over alleged impropriety by the Astros.
Astros owner Jim Crane looks to mend fences with agent
Houston Chronicle | Aug 20