With the Astros needing a Low-A affiliate after Lexington wanted to go in a different direction (thanks for nothing, Yoko), Jeff Luhnow is eyeing the Midwest League as a destination.
Quad Cities (based in Davenport, Iowa) are a possibility, as the Cardinals were affiliated with Quad Cities during Luhnow's time there.
Cedar Rapids (also Iowa, not Michigan, as we ignorantly said last week) was a possibility, but the Twins just signed a PDC with the franchise.
Quad Cities set a franchise attendance record in 2012, with 240,008 fans coming to Modern Woodmen Park. And there's the added historical footnote of Quad Cities' affiliation with the Astros from 1993-1998. The 1994 River Bandits featured Richard Hidalgo, Chris Truby, Billy Wagner, Chris Holt, John Halama, and Scott Elarton. They were 57-81.