On Friday, it was shockingly announced the Houston Astros fired both general manager James Click and assistant general manager Scott Powers. And in desperate fashion, New York Yankees fans rushed to social media to advocate for Click to replace Brian Cashman.
Not happening. NEVER happening. Why do you waste your time doing this? Why do you make me waste my time doing this?
Click replaced former disgraced Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, who was banned from MLB after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was unearthed. Though Click hardly played a role in building this version of the Astros, he oversaw operations during three deep playoff runs, including two World Series appearances and one victory.
Just six days after officially being crowned atop the baseball world, Click was out of a job. He reportedly aired his grievances at the GM meetings in Las Vegas about being offered a one-year extension with just a $1 million raise from Astros owner Jim Crane. Can’t blame him. You think the Yankees lowballed Aaron Judge? That’s some disrespectful stuff right there.
Regardless of how the situation went down, this has no effect on the Yankees’ changing their order of operations in their front office. Dream on. Find a new talking point.
The Yankees are not hiring former Astros GM James Click. Get a grip
First of all, do you think the Yankees would DARE hire somebody who went and openly spoke out against his organization and owner in front of the rest of the league? Secondly, do you really think the Yankees would hire somebody with 2.5 years of general manager experience with a team that already had its championship roster intact and under club control for the foreseeable future?
Click previously held the role of vice president of baseball operations with the Rays from 2017-2019 before earning the job in Houston. If the Yankees wanted to hire a Rays exec, they would’ve done so already. If they wanted to hire a GM/president of baseball operations with more experience, they would’ve done so already.
What separates Click from any other desirable candidate out there? His “claim to fame” moves with the Astros were acquiring Rafael Montero, Hector Neris, Christian Vazquez, Trey Mancini, Ryne Stanek, Jake Odorizzi, Will Smith, Yimi Garcia and Kendall Graveman. He traded away Jose Siri and Myles Straw to elevate Chas McCormick. Otherwise … that’s it. He made the disastrous move of signing Pedro Baez. Pretty much sounds like Cashman Jr. if you ask us. Nothing momentous, only moves at the margins that either work out nicely or become a non-factor.
Click is without a doubt a forward thinker and promising candidate to run a front office operation, but by no means is he a “sure thing.” If he was, do you think Crane would’ve treated him that way less than a week after capturing a championship? Actually, don’t answer that. Crane is weasel.
The reported “friction” between Click and the Astros doesn’t make this any more of a worthwhile scenario for the Yankees, either. If Cashman is elevated to some “president” role and Click is his underling, on what planet do you not foresee a clash of ideologies?
But most importantly, this is not a “Yankees” move. Never was. Never will be. If the Yankees are going to dump Cashman after 25 years, they’re not tabbing a wild card as their next philosophical figurehead. Focus your attention to retaining Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo, finding a new left fielder, and supplementing the pitching staff. This isn’t happening.