A little later, the Houston Astros have a new managing director.
James Click will take over the Astros after serving as the Vice President of Baseball Operations at Tampa Bay Rays for the past three seasons. Click will partner with recently hired Dusty Baker, marking a fresh start for the scandal-ridden franchise where GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were suspended and fired after MLB's investigation into stealing signs.
"James has had an impressive career," said Jim Crane, owner of Houston, in a press release. “He is a respected leader who has made progress in all areas of baseball operations and has built good relationships with both the front office and clubhouse staff. I am very happy to introduce him as the new General Manager – he is a great asset to the Astros. "
The 42-year-old Yale graduate worked away from his coordinating role in 2006 and spent some time as Director of Baseball Research and Development and later as Director of Baseball Operations. He becomes the 13th GM in Astros history.
"I am very happy to join the Astros family," said Click. “The Astros are a progressive and innovative organization with an extremely talented group in the front office. I am grateful to Jim Crane and the Astros for giving me the opportunity to lead this team to further championships. "
Click's early Astros term has to deal with the loss of the organization's first and second selection rounds in 2020 and 2021. This is part of the discipline set for the infamous scam campaign, which used cameras in the middle of the field to relay incoming slots to thugs. The Astros won a second AL pennant in three years, falling to the Nationals in seven World Series games last season.
The shot is the last raid in the front office of the Rays that Chaim Bloom was lost to the Red Sox this winter.