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Astros and general manager James Click are going their separate ways after winning the World Series

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The Houston Astros He won the 2022 World Championship less than a week ago. The team announced that general manager James Cleck left the organization on Friday after declining a contract renewal.

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“We are grateful for all of James’ contributions,” owner Jim Crane said in a statement. “We’ve had great success in each of his three seasons, and James has been an important part of that success. I want to thank him personally and wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

On the surface, this seems pretty shocking.

The Stars just won the World Championships. They’ve won their last two AL pennants, and while several players are left over from the previous management (Jeff Luhnow, who was fired in the wake of a signal-stealing scandal), the Click has been in charge since before the start of the 2020 season. The Astros have just won 106 games and they’re poised Well to compete for another title next year. There are not many reasons to move from general manager here.

Down below, this isn’t entirely surprising. Things have been going in this direction for a while. In fact, we noticed it earlier this week Click was working without a contract. He was at general manager meetings in Las Vegas while Crane held a press conference to announce a new one-year deal for manager Dusty Baker.

Late in the regular season there were reports of this issue The tap will likely be triggered if the Astros are bounced out of the playoffs early on. Since they ended up winning the World Series, Crane apparently felt he had to offer a one-year deal here because firing the general manager immediately after winning the World Series has terrible visuals.

Regardless, this is not out of nowhere. Reports during the season indicated friction between the owner and the general manager, notably—via The Athletic—”stylistic clashes between the two, disagreements over the size of the baseball operations staff and Click’s concern about other voices in the organization affecting the owner.”

Click is 44 years old and has worked his way up the Rays organization from a coaching position to now becoming a World Series Champion with the Astros. Certainly, the one-year deal was seen as the proverbial slap in the face. The two sides were reportedly scheduled to meet on Friday, and the easy point-tying moment here was an attempt to negotiate a long-term deal on Click’s part, matched by Crane’s refusal to back out of a one-year deal. It’s a shooting spree, even if Crane could say it as a bit of a resignation.

Going forward, Click will probably be able to find another job in baseball pretty quickly. There aren’t any general manager vacancies at the moment, but these positions tend to open up when a desirable candidate is suddenly available. He definitely has an involvement with the Rays and former teammate Chaim Blum is the Red Sox President of Baseball Operations. He grew up in Tampa Bay under Dodgers president Andrew Friedman. Even if he has to steer clear of the people he’s worked with personally, his resume is solid.

At the Astros’ end, they can promote from within. There are two assistant general managers (Scott Powers and Andrew Paul) as well as a director of player development (Sarah Goodrem), though those three employees were hired by Click last offseason. Surely if Crane was rubbed the wrong way by Click he wouldn’t want to hire the Click guy who was hired almost a year ago. Up until that point, later on Friday, reports circulated that Crane had shot Powers (Via Jeff Bassin).

It is conceivable that former Brewers president David Stearns would be an option. Stearns was previously the assistant GM of the Astros and less than a month ago Move into an advisory role with Brewers. If he plays, though, Crane will certainly have his hand full in dealing with Steve Cohen and the Mets in contention for Stearns’ services.

It’s still a lot early in the process and we’ll be hearing a lot more teams to click and star names in the coming days, weeks and months. Currently, the World Series winning general manager is out less than a week after claiming the title.

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