Mandatory Credit: Photo by David J Phillip/AP/Shutterstock (13522192w) Houston Astros general manager James Click, left, and Philadelphia Phillies President of Baseball Operations, David Dombrowski meet before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies, in Houston World Series Phillies Astros Baseball, Houston, United States – 28 Oct 2022
James Click, the general manager of the Houston Astros for the past three seasons, will not be back for a fourth season following Houston’s second World Series Championship. The Astros won 95 or more games each of the last two seasons with Click in the front office but offered him only a one-year deal to return for the 2023 season, per ESPN reporter Jeff Passan.
In a prepared statement, Astros’ owner Jim Crane wished Click well as he departs the organization. “We are grateful for all of James’ contributions. We have had great success in each of his three seasons, and James has been an important part of that success. I want to personally thank him and wish him and his family well moving forward.”
The front office change is certainly unorthodox for a team less than a week removed from winning a World Series, but the Astros remain positioned to contend for another title in 2023. The team did not give any detail on the direction of their baseball operations structure moving forward, although it does seem likely that they would act quickly to find Click’s replacement.