Astros hire Rays exec Click as GM to re­place Luh­now

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HOUS­TON — The Hous­ton Astros hired James Click as their new gen­eral man­ager Mon­day, tak­ing the Tampa Bay Rays ex­ec­u­tive and putting him in charge of the scan­dal-rid­den team a week be­fore the start of spring train­ing.

Click suc­ceeds Jeff Luh­now, who along with man­ager AJ Hinch was sus­pended by Ma­jor League Base­ball in the wake of a sign-steal­ing scam and then fired by the Astros.

The AL cham­pion Astros hired Dusty Baker last week as man­ager.

Astros owner Jim Crane an­nounced the hir­ing of Click, who spent the last three sea­sons as the Rays’ vice pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions. The 42-yearold Click had been with Tampa Bay for the last 14 sea­sons.

“I am ex­cited to join the Astros fam­ily,” Click said in a state­ment. “The Astros are a pro­gres­sive and in­no­va­tive or­ga­ni­za­tion with a deeply ta­lented group in the front of­fice.”

Click was to be for­mally in­tro­duced by the Astros at a news conference on Tues­day at Minute Maid Park.

“James has had an im­pres­sive ca­reer,” Crane said in a state­ment. “He is a re­spected leader who has pro­gressed in this game across all as­pects of base­ball op­er­a­tions and he has built great re­la­tion­ships with both front of­fice and club­house per­son­nel.”

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