HOUSTON (AP) — Astros general manager James Click will not be given a new contract, a highly unusual move the team announced Friday — just six days after Houston won the World Series.
Hired by the Tampa Bay Rays ahead of the 2020 season, Click appeared increasingly distant from owner Jim Crane. Click, 44, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Click said Tuesday at general managers’ meetings in Las Vegas that his contract expired on Oct. 31 and the situation had not been addressed. He also said he was briefed just before Wednesday’s press conference where the Astros announced manager Dusty Baker would be returning on a one-year contract.
Crane was asked about Click’s status several times on Wednesday and said the two are in talks. Crane was also asked how he would rate the work Click had done since taking office after Jeff Luhnow was fired following the team’s sign-stealing scandal.
“We’ll go over this again,” Crane said. “But I think James did a good job. He entered and made some good moves. We’ll sit down and see where we end up with James.”
Crane was then asked if he thought the organization was better off with Click at the helm: “I’ve run many companies. This one is no different. I’m never satisfied. If I were happy, maybe we wouldn’t be where we are. But I’m pushing everyone to get better from top to bottom… so I’m always trying to improve and I can improve, the people on my team can improve and the players can improve. So the standard is there for everyone.”
Click spent 14 years with the Rays, initially as a baseball operations coordinator before becoming the team’s director of baseball research and development and director of baseball operations. He spent three seasons as the vice president of baseball operations before Houston hired him.
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