AP Source: Baker reaches agreement to become Astros manager

Dusty Baker (Source: AP Photo/Nick Wass

HOUSTON (AP) - A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Dusty Baker has reached an agreement to be the manager of the Houston Astros.

The 70-year-old Baker becomes the oldest manager in the big leagues.

He takes over from AJ Hinch, who was fired Jan. 13, just an hour after he was suspended for the season by Major League Baseball for his role in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal.

Baker’s hiring is a sign the AL champions want to add a veteran presence to a franchise reeling from the dismissal of Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.