One important piece of the World Champion Houston Astros will not return for 2023


One important piece of the World Champion Houston Astros will not return for 2023
Astros GM James Click will not return to the team.Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.

According to multiple reports, Astros GM James Click has turned down a 1-year contract and will no longer be the team's GM.

Jim Crane's 1-year offer to Click has been discussed for several days, and many fans were wondering how this would play out. Apparently, Crane was not willing to negotiate, and his offer was a final one.

Crane's resume as an owner has earned him the ability to make a move like this. He's the person who hired James Click, so hopefully he can find another quality GM to take his place. If the reports are true about his interest in the former Brewers head of baseball operations, the Astros may only be without a permanent GM for one year until David Stearns' contract with Milwaukee runs out.

Either way, I have a lot of respect for James Click declining the offer. No GM with his background should settle for a 1-year contract. Especially after going to back-to-back World Series and hoisting the championship trophy just days ago. Astros fans will just have to have faith in the process and hope things work out in the end.

One thing is clear about Jim Crane, he's not messing around. The offer is the offer. Just ask James Click and Carlos Correa.

Editor's note: The Astros decided to part ways with assistant GM Scott Powers Friday afternoon.

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Braves beat Houston in extra innings, 5-4. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Marcell Ozuna hit his major league-leading eighth homer and Orlando Arcia’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

It completes a three-game sweep of the struggling Astros and is Atlanta’s fourth straight victory.

The Braves scored two runs in the eighth inning to tie it at 4-4. Michael Harris II started the 10th as the automatic runner on second and there was one out in the inning when Seth Martinez (1-1) intentionally walked Matt Olson.

Ozuna lined out to right field to send Harris to third base. Arcia then singled on a ground ball to left field to score Harris and put the Braves on top.

Pinch-runner Jake Meyers was on second when Kyle Tucker walked with no outs in the 10th. Meyers moved to third on a fly out by Yainer Diaz but Jeremy Peña grounded into a double play to end it.

A.J. Minter (3-1) got the last two outs of the ninth for the win and Raisel Iglesias earned his fifth save.

Reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. added his first homer of the season to help the Braves to the victory. Ozuna also leads the majors with 23 RBIs and he extended his hitting streak to 16 games, which ties his career best and is the longest active streak in the majors.

Yordan Alvarez and Mauricio Dubón both homered for the Astros, who fell to 6-14 and are last in the AL West.

There was one out in the first when Alvarez connected on his homer to the seats in left field to put Houston up 1-0.

Ozuna opened the second with his 432-foot shot to left field, which bounced off the wall and tied the game.

Acuña put the Braves up 2-1 when he sent the first pitch of the fifth inning to straightaway center field.

The Astros tied it on an RBI single by Alex Bregman in the fifth and Kyle Tucker’s RBI double came next to put the Astros up 3-2.

Dubón hit his first home run of the year off Jesse Chavez to start Houston’s sixth and push the lead to 4-2.

Harris singled to start the seventh before a ground-rule double by Austin Riley. Olson reached, and Harris scored on a fielding error by first baseman José Abreu when he couldn’t grab a routine ground ball.

There was one out in the inning when Riley scored on a sacrifice fly by Arcia to tie it at 4-all.

Houston starter J.P. France allowed four hits and two runs in five innings.

Max Fried gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings.


Braves: Atlanta is off Thursday before opening a series against Texas on Friday night with LHP Chris Sale (1-1, 4.58 ERA) on the mound.

Astros: Houston is also off Thursday before ace Justin Verlander will make his season debut Friday night against Washington. The three-time Cy Young Award winner opened the season on the injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder.

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