Breaking: Astros Part Ways With GM

In a development that, in a vacuum, would be shocking, the World Series champion Houston Astros have severed ties with general manager James Click after he turned down their one-year, 'lame-duck' offer and talked about his frustrations with the situation openly. 

The move, while certainly a head-scratcher, has been talked about for some time now, even going back to the end of the regular season. 

Insider Jon Heyman noted that their one-year offer to Click seemed like “an invitation to leave.” The GM took the bait. 

Bob Nightengale of USA Today says it's officially a "firing" after Click "after publicly aired his grievances at the GM meetings."

It's been apparent that Click hasn't "clicked" with owner Jim Crane and manager Dusty Baker. One sign came at the trade deadline, when Crane and Baker put the kibosh on a trade that Click had agreed on with the Chicago Cubs for catcher Willson Contreras. 

Click has been at the helm in Houston for three seasons since the team fired GM Jeff Luhnow in the wake of the 2017 cheating scandal revelations. The team has been to one ALCS and two World Series in Click's three years. 

Now on the open market, he should be in high demand for a new gig, as noted by Heyman and others. 

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