Report: Baker agrees to short-term deal to manage Astros

The Houston Astros will sign Dusty Baker to a one-year contract to manage the team, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the deal includes a team option for 2021, he said.Baker will replace A.J. Hinch, who was fired earlier this month after an MLB investigation found the team stole signs electronically in 2017. General manager Jeff Luhnow also was let go, and the Astros now will look to hire his successor.Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the Astros’ spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., in two weeks.Baker, 70, will become the major league’s oldest manager but will provide the Astros with an experienced leader in the short term and give them time to chart a long-term plan.He last managed in 2017, when his Washington Nationals squad won 97 games.