This has gotta be a first. Or at least an exceedingly rare situation.
Houston Astros General Manager James Click helped steer that organization out of the sign-stealing scandal and into a World Series win in 2022. And he’s immediately let go:
Technically, Click turned down a contract to return, but let’s be clear. This is a joke of an offer:
That’s the Astros saying goodbye.
There have been reports of friction between Click and owner Jim Crane, including a deadline trade with the Cubs for Willson Contreras that Crane nixed on the strength of Dusty Baker’s opinion – basically telling Click that his perspective was less valued. So the fact that Click is being let go is not a shock at this moment, but the fact that it GOT to this moment is a shock.
Because it’s already mid-November, it’s possible Click will not be able to find another top job out there right now. He may instead look to do a one-year special assistant gig – a pillow contract, if you will – before trying for a different top job next year. If so, the Chicago Cubs need to POUNCE on that. Being able to have Click’s brain and experience in the organization for a year – get those Astros secrets! – sounds pretty great to me.
Unless the Mets decide to offer Click their open president job, that is.
As for the Astros, there’s a chance they were seeking an opportunity to poach David Stearns from the Brewers before the Mets had the chance: