Houston can now turn their attention to Spring Training

Astros fill vacant GM position with James Click

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After already filling A.J. Hinch's manager position by hiring Dusty Baker, Jim Crane and the Astros completed their search for a new GM to replace Jeff Luhnow on Monday by hiring James Click, former VP of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays.

After interviewing several candidates, the Astros ultimately landed on Click, who was with the Rays since 2006, starting as a coordinator of baseball operations before working his way up to Vice President of the team's baseball operations in November 2016. With such a strong background, including being a Yale graduate and coming from a respected front office, Click was a strong and natural choice for Crane, who had a quick turnaround to fill the position.

However, Click will undoubtedly face the challenge of living up to his predecessor, Luhnow, who did much to advance the Astros in recent years despite the now tainted history. With the manager and GM positions filled, the Astros can now turn the page to Spring Training, which kicks off with pitchers and catchers reporting on February 11th.

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