Astros fire GM Wade and president Smith

By KRISTIE RIEKEN | November 28, 2011 | 1:16 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have fired general manager Ed Wade and team president Tal Smith.

The moves come less than a week after the sale of the team from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane was officially completed.

The team announced the moves late Sunday night in a statement from new team president and chief executive officer George Postolos.

Postolos says "with the change in ownership, we would like a fresh start in baseball operations."

The search for a new general manager will begin immediately. Assistant general manager Dave Gottfried will serve as interim general manager, but will not be considered for the job full time.

The Astros, who will move from the NL Central to the AL West in 2013, were 56-106 last year for the worst record in franchise history.