Friday afternoon brought us some really surprising news.
James Click won’t be the Houston Astros general manager anymore, after leading the franchise to its second World Series title less than a week ago.
Media reports suggest that he rejected a one-year offer by the team to return.
He is now free to sign with any team.
Lots of contenders, such as the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Mets, could be looking to snag him.
Brian Cashman of the Yankees and Chaim Bloom of the Red Sox have received their fair share of criticism recently.
Perhaps their job positions aren’t as secure as well think: fans of both teams are clamoring for Click.
Chaim Bloom and Brian Cashman seeing James Click leave the Astros. pic.twitter.com/N9ZE8VT7DK
— Thomas Carrieri (@Thomas_Carrieri) November 11, 2022
James Click just became available. Yankees should toss Cashman out the window and hire Click from Houston
— JAKE ELLENBOGEN (@JKBOGEN) November 11, 2022
Fire Chaim Bloom, hire James Click. https://t.co/iX6Y3EPYTV
— Matt McCarthy (@MattMcCarthy985) November 11, 2022
The whole baseball community, regardless of any speculation about his future, universally raised its eyebrows while reading Click wouldn’t be returning to Houston.
He Was Fired
It’s hard to imagine a general manager who took his team to two consecutive World Series and just won one not returning to his role.
Yes, there was already a sructure in place, but Click took some decisions and had a huge role, too.
MLB insider Bob Nightengale explained what happened: “Houston #Astros GM James Click actually was fired. He was offered a one-year contract and raise from his $1 million salary on Monday, turned it down in pursuit of a longer contract, and was dismissed Friday after publicly airing his grievances at the GM meetings,” he tweeted.
Houston #Astros GM James Click actually was fired. He was offered a one-year contract and raise from his $1 million salary on Monday, turned it down in pursuit of a longer contract, and was dismissed Friday after publicly airing his grievances at the GM meetings.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 11, 2022
Some fans are trying to explain that the Astros had everything in place to win and tried to discredit Click.
THIS WAS LUNHOW’S TEAM NOT CLICKS
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— . (@Yoma2k_) November 11, 2022
While there might be some truth in that statement, Click has been around three years and the Astros have finished among the top four teams all three times.
He is a well-above average executive who will get a nice opportunity elsewhere.