Astros Owner Releases Statement After Shocking GM Dismissal


Houston Maylor Sylvester Turner and Jim Crane participates in the World Series Parade on November 07, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)


The Houston Astros announced on Friday that general manager James Click won’t be returning for the 2023 season,

He just led the Astros to a World Series win, the second in franchise history, a few days ago against the Philadelphia Phillies.

MLB insider Bob Nightengale explained that Click actually was fired: “he was offered a one-year contract and raise from his $1 million salary on Monday, turned it down in pursuit of a longer contract, and was dismissed Friday after publicly airing his grievances at the GM meetings,” he said.

Nightengale also explained that there were differences between him and Click but despite that being the case, “(Crane) knew he had to make GM James Click an offer after winning the World Series. Crane also made an offer that he probably knew Click would reject.”

Most media members weren’t aware of that disconnect between the owner and the now-former general manager.


The Astros Thanked Click For His Contributions

Crane, known as a classy man, used the Astros’ Twitter account to post a goodbye message thanking Click for his contributions.

“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.”

While most of the foundation of the team was put together by former GM Jeff Lunhow, Click did contribute a lot to their success.

He helped put together an impressive bullpen that dominated all season long, including the playoffs.

He also signed young star Yordan Alvarez to a team-friendly six-year extension.

Click should get plenty of attention now that he is a free agent.


Source link