Former Astros general manager Tim Purpura has been hired by the Rangers to become the club's new director of player development, replacing Scott Servais. An announcement is expected this afternoon.
Purpura served as the Astros' farm director from 1997 to 2004, when he became the GM. One of his initial hires was Nolan Ryan as special assistant to the GM. They first forged a relationship when Purpura was overseeing a system that included Round Rock and Corpus Christi, teams owned by Ryan and operated by his sons.
Houston went to its only World Series in 2005, Purpura's first year as GM.
The Astros fired him two years later, during in the 2007 season, but he quickly landed a job as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Minor League Baseball. He has overseen business operations and communications, and also the Professional Baseball Umpires Corporation.
-- Jeff Wilson