The Houston Astros front office went through a shakeup Friday. Houston parted ways with General Manager James Click and Assistant GM Scott Powers. ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan reported the news of Click and Powers’ exits from the Astros organization.
World Series-winning general manager James Click will not return to the Houston Astros after he rejected the team’s one-year contract offer.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 11, 2022
“World Series-winning general manager James Click will not return to the Houston Astros,” Passan wrote. Click rejected the one-year contract offer the team gave him. USA TODAY would then add to the report Friday afternoon.
James Click was offended by the Astros' contract extension and departed Monday night for the annual GM Meetings in Las Vegas without a deal. https://t.co/cD6ORQczpQ
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) November 11, 2022
The USA TODAY Sports Twitter wrote, “James Click was offended by the Astros’ contract extension and departed Monday night for the annual GM Meetings in Las Vegas without a deal.”
The team also fired Powers, who worked for the team this year after working with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Passan also reported the news of Powers’ dismissal from the Astros.
Passan wrote in a tweet, “The Houston Astros also fired assistant general manager Scott Powers.”
The added details on Click’s firing revealed a lot. Especially about Click’s relationship with team owner Jim Crane. Crane reportedly never wanted to bring Click back in the first place, according to Nightengale’s report. Others around him had to reportedly persuade him. The two sides met and Crane offered a contract that was similar to the one the team offered manager Dusty Baker. But Click grew offended.
“Crane consented, but insisted it would be only for one year, the same length as manager Dusty Baker’s deal, and a raise from his $1 million salary. Click was deeply offended, considering GMs usually receive multi-year extensions after successful seasons,” wrote Nightengale.
The MLB world reacted to the news of the Astros’ front office shakeup. There was a lot of skepticism and there were a lot of questions.
Good for him. If winning the World Series doesn't get you a multi-year contract offer, your owner doesn't deserve you. https://t.co/H5UVR5Hmy9
— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) November 11, 2022
I would leave too after getting a one-year offer after winning the WS https://t.co/jNQwtYkzQO
— The Good Phight – x (@TheGoodPhight) November 11, 2022
Rampage; wonder who'll be
Next in the gm
— JR Radcliffe (@JRRadcliffe) November 11, 2022
How do you only offer a one-year contract? Wild. https://t.co/ckN5QwOone
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) November 11, 2022
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) November 11, 2022
not the least bit shocking he declined. You can't offer a first-time GM who takes on the job under such unprecedented conditions and wins the World Series 2 years later just a 1-year deal. That's an insult, not a reward. https://t.co/iKbJck50KR
— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) November 11, 2022
— SportsBusinessRadio (@SBRadio) November 11, 2022
The worst part about it is that he won them a World Series and they offered him a one-year deal. 😂 https://t.co/E4Ox5ojKzo
— Eddie Kraus (@eddiekraus_) November 11, 2022
Yeah, the one-year offer was made to be rejected. That's a joke after winning the World Series. Doesn't reflect well on Crane at all. There are only 30 GM jobs and someone will take it, but yeesh. https://t.co/V9HnnzcJhx
— Mike Axisa (@mikeaxisa) November 11, 2022