The Houston Astros surprisingly fired their general manager, James Click.
The “surprise” comes because Houston was lifting the 2022 World Series trophy just a few days ago.
The relationship between owner Jim Crane and Click wasn’t the best, and since the latter wanted a long-term deal and the former wasn’t offering one, the working agreement ended.
Click is now a free agent, and the Astros have a potential opening: nobody knows who will make calls on the baseball side of things at this juncture.
It won’t be David Stearns, though, in case you were wondering.
“David Stearns tells @AdamMcCalvy today that he’s not going anywhere,” the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome tweeted.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) November 11, 2022
McCalvy covers the Brewers every day, so he is a reliable source.
Stearns Won’t Be Taking Over As The New Astros GM
Stearns would have been a perfect candidate to take over in Houston: he is still very much highly regarded when it comes to baseball executives, he has led the Brewers to their most competitive days in franchise history, and he has a past working with the Astros.
That’s right: in November of 2012, Stearns was hired as the Astros’ assistant general manager, second to only Jeff Lunhow.
He only left in 2015 because the Brewers offered him the chance to become the general manager.
A few days ago, Stearns announced he won’t be the Brewers’ lead baseball man in charge anymore and will shift to an advisor role, potentially transitioning for an exit after 2023.
He insists he will stay in Milwaukee for the upcoming season.
After that, nobody knows what the future holds.
For now, we can say he won’t be pursuing the Astros’ GM opening.