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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Upton and Verlander are headed to the Big Apple. Photo by Elsa/ Getty Images.

News erupted on a relatively quiet Monday, December 5 that Houston Astros superstar ace and Cy Young Award-winnerJustin Verlander inked a deal with the New York Mets.

According to the New York Post, Verlander, a free agent, agreed to a two-year, $86 million deal with the Mets, with a vesting, third-year option for $35 million. While that's huge news in the world of pro baseball, Verlander's superstar model wife Kate Upton has been also trending on Twitter.

No surprise there, as cover girl and fashion influencer Upton boasts more than 6 million followers on Instagram alone and one of the most followed models on the globe. But it's not a cover shot or sizzling bikini pic making the rounds, but rather, a video of the supermodel shooting the bird to Philadelphia Phillies fans.

Upton, an oft-smiling mom and wife, had no problem backing down from Philly Fan with a double-barreled, middle finger salute. While the audio is hard to decipher, we're guessing Upton didn't edit her smack talk in the dubious City of Brotherly Love.

Plenty of local talk (if one is interested in that sort of thing) points to the Mets being the team for "real" NYC baseball fans, while Yankees fans are said to be band-wagoning, late to games, and full of corporate partners. It's also good optics that Verlander didn't bolt for the team that the Astros dispatched in a four-game sweep on the way to their second World Series title.

Houston fans will no doubt miss Upton, who wed Verlander, gave birth to darling daughter Genevieve, and essentially broke the internet when she donned a retro Astros jacket β€” making it an instant sellout β€” all while here in the Bayou City. As transplants from there regularly point out, Houston is notoriously friendlier than the Big Apple.

But, something tells Upton, who has proven that she's not afraid to go publicly potty-mouthed in defense of JV, will have zero problem handling any mouthy NYC fans.

Upton clearly gives zero bleeps when defending her man. Kate Upton/Twitter

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