Posted: 2:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
On Wednesday, President José Antonio Mansur Galán of the Rojos del Águila de Veracruz announced a deal that would bring the Rojos del Águila team to Minute Maid park next year for two exhibition games, according to Más Deportes. Pending Mexican League approval of the dates, the games will take place on March 29th and March 30th, before the Astros get ready to open up the 2014 Regular Season against the Yankees.
This move follows along with what the Texas Rangers have done in previous years when the Diablos Rojos del México played exhibition games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Unlike the Rangers, however, the Astros hope the exhibition games provide more than just a warm-up before the regular season by generating more interest among Mexican players to become part of a developing player pipeline out of Mexico. Hosting exhibition games is just a beginning part of that process, and in the future don't rule out the possibility of the Astros playing a regular season series or two down in Mexico, as indicated by Jeff Luhnow in an article written by Brian McTaggart a while back.
As far as the exhibition games go, a press conference tomorrow is expected to announce the official details as Astros GM, Jeff Luhnow and the Governor of Veracruz, Dr. Javier Duarte de Ochoa will make a "significant" joint announcement with officials from both teams in attendance.