Astros release statement; no sale
The group that was given a 30-day negotiating window by Astros owner Drayton McLane to make an offer to purchase the club has not made an official offer prior to the Jan. 31 deadline, the Astros announced on Monday.
“As I’ve said all along, my family and I are not actively attempting to sell the Astros,” McLane said in a statement. “Over the years, I have been approached many times by groups interested in discussing the possible purchase of the team, and I’ve always been open to listening.
“This group was granted an exclusive negotiating window which expired yesterday (January 31), however, nothing materialized.
“For 18 years, the Astros have been and will continue to be a big part of me and my family. We consider owning the Astros a public trust and embrace the responsibility to the city of Houston.
“Moving forward, we remain as committed as ever to putting a competitive and winning team on the field and making a positive difference in our community. We are anxious to start spring training and begin the 2010 championship season on April 5 at home against the Giants.”