Granted, it comes from Jon Heyman, but he just tweeted:
Prospective astros owner Jim crane has agreed to go to AL in 2013. He gets about $50M discount to go. He still needs vote of owners.
More from Heyman:
One ML owner: crane started to look like good guy when he ponied up $600M, looked like great guy when he agreed to go to AL.
So if you had any doubts about this being a power + money play, that should just about settle that.
Meanwhile, USA Today's Bob Nightengale puts the compensation for Crane/Houston at $80 million.