Astros interview ESPN's Law for front office job
Former Blue Jays special assistant meets with team president
HOUSTON -- The Astros have interviewed Keith Law, a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com, for a number of different positions in their front office, a source has confirmed to MLB.com.
Law met last week with team president and CEO George Postolos and general manager Jeff Luhnow, but has not been offered a job in the organization. Law has worked for ESPN since 2006 but was previously a special assistant with the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to that, he wrote for Baseball Prospectus.
Luhnow declined to comment on Thursday.
Law, a graduate of Harvard, writes on a variety of baseball topics and relies heavily on statistical analysis. Luhnow, while working for the Cardinals, helped change the organization's thinking when it came to scouting and developed player evaluation methods that increased the role of data-based analysis.
The Astros are coming off a club-record 106-loss season and are rebuilding a Minor League system that's been among the weakest in baseball the last few years in anticipation of a move to the American League in 2013. Houston also has the No. 1 overall pick in June's First-Year Player Draft.
In the last two years, the Astros have traded former All-Stars Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence to infuse their system with prospects. In 2011, the club used a whopping 20 rookies at different points during the season.