Some shocking news is coming out of Houston.
Just a few days after winning the World Series, it was announced that Houston Astros general manager James Click won’t be returning to the team.
“World Series-winning general manager James Click will not return to the Houston Astros after he rejected the team’s one-year contract offer,” insider Jeff Passan tweeted.
World Series-winning general manager James Click will not return to the Houston Astros after he rejected the team’s one-year contract offer.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 11, 2022
We don’t know the details of the negotiations, but several things could have happened, from Click being disappointed at getting just a one-year offer to him asking for more than the Astros were willing to pay.
It’s all speculation at this point: all we know is that the Astros’ GM since January 2020, the one who led his team to two World Series appearances (with one title) in just three seasons in charge, will now be free to negotiate with any team.
A Shocking Development
The news certainly qualifies as shocking.
Click worked in the Tampa Bay Rays organization for 15 years before the Astros hired him as their general manager in January 2020.
He was the man in charge of leading the team after the fallout of the 2017 sign-stealing scandal that resulted in a long suspension for former GM Jeff Lunhow.
The 2020 campaign resulted in a Championship Series exit against the Rays, Click’s former team.
The team made it to the World Series in 2021, losing to the Atlanta Braves.
This year, they won the Fall Classic against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Click was behind the baseball decisions in the three years, so there must have been some sort of disconnect.
Let’s see where baseball takes Click next and, most importantly, what the Astros do to replace him.