Crane: Luhnow recently received contract extension

Crane: Luhnow recently received contract extension

SAN DIEGO -- Astros owner Jim Crane acknowledged Tuesday that general manager Jeff Luhnow received a contract extension recently, though Crane didn't divulge the length of the deal or when it was done. Luhnow was hired as general manager three years ago.

"I think it was done after last year," said Crane, who arrived Monday at the Winter Meetings. "We're not going to talk about length of terms or money, but I'm confident in what he's doing, and he's doing the right stuff, and we're making improvements."

Luhnow didn't comment.

When Luhnow was hired, he revamped the front office and made a flurry of trades to add prospects in an attempt to continue to beef up the team's farm system, which is now considered one of the best in the game. The Astros improved by 19 wins last season (70-92) and are in the process of adding more pieces to help them take another step forward in 2015.

"You'd always like to make better progress, but what everyone can see is we've got the farm system in much better shape and we made some nice improvements last year, and what he's trying to do now will get us closer to where we want to be, if not make a run pretty soon," Crane said.

Crane spoke while heading to the team's affiliate dinner in downtown San Diego. Crane, president of business operations Reid Ryan, Luhnow and the rest of the front office in town had dinner with officials from the team's Minor League affiliates, including new Triple-A affiliate Fresno.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.