The Houston Astros announced on Friday that general manager James Click will not be returning for the 2023 season. This comes after Click decided not to renew his contract with the team after its October expiration.
“We have had great success in each of his three seasons, and James has been an important part of that success,” Astros owner Jim Crane said of Click. “I want to personally thank him and wish him and his family well moving forward.”
Click’s unexpected departure from the Astros comes after a prosperous three-year tenure with the team which culminated in World Series glory in 2022. While Click and Crane were engaged in contract negotiations over the last week, no agreement could be reached.
At the same time, manager Dusty Baker also entered into renegotiations with the team considering that his contract had the same expiry date as Click’s. Unlike the general manager, Baker decided to accept the agreement, keeping him on at the Astros.
Click joined the Astros in early 2020, following the dismissal of general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch as a result of the Major League Baseball’s investigation into the team’s sign-stealing practices.