The Houston Astros have some time to savor their World Series championship.
But that doesn’t mean that they’re wasting any time waiting to make improvements for 2023.
Yesterday, Houston took their first step in keeping their championship model intact.
Both manager Dusty Baker and general manager James Click have been retained on one-year deals for the 2023 season.
Baker and Click each arrived in Houston after both Jeff Luhnow and AJ Hinch were dismissed prior to the 2020 season.
Click had been the president of baseball operations with the Tampa Bay Rays before his arrival in Houston.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today provided the news via Twitter.
Houston #Astros Manager Dusty Baker and GM James Click each received one year contracts for 2023.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 8, 2022
Baker, Click Retained For 2023
Both Click and Baker have been valuable assets for the Astros.
After both Hinch and Luhnow were let go as a result of the sign stealing scandal, the Astros did not skip a beat when Baker and Click arrived, reaching the ALCS in 2020 and falling just one game short of a return trip to the World Series.
Houston reached the World Series last year, but fell short against the Atlanta Braves.
This year, Houston won 106 games, the most in the American League.
They beat both the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees to reach the Fall Classic before outlasting the Philadelphia Phillies to capture their second title.
And so, the Astros have taken their first step in keeping their model of consistency intact for 2023, keeping Baker, a first-time World Series champion, and Click around for at least one more year.