The 2022 MLB season has been a success for the Houston Astros. They're on the verge of clinching the American League's top spot with a 102-54 record, marking the Astros' best win total since the 2019 season (107). However, despite this success, the front office's future isn't exactly safe.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that there could be a major front office shakeup looming for the Astros. Rosenthal says that friction between general manager James Click and owner Jim Crane could lead to some changes this offseason.
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Rosenthal adds that "Crane does not trust Click" in the same capacity that he trusted former GM Jeff Luhnow. Crane and Luhnow spent eight seasons together before the latter was fired during the 2020 sign-stealing scandal. Meanwhile, Click was hired only a few weeks after his predecessor's termination.
Crane's hands-on approach is also another reason that could lead to a shakeup. Rosenthal says that the Astros owner acts "almost" like a GM at times, which limits what Click can do. After all, most general managers are allowed to pick the manager of their choice, whereas Baker was hired two weeks before Click even got his job.
Unable to fully shape the team in his vision, it wouldn't be a shock if Click and the Astros parted ways. Yes, he has a tremendous opportunity to win a World Series this season, but general managers enjoy their autonomy, which is something he clearly isn't getting in Houston.
Rosenthal concludes that an early playoff exit could expedite Click's firing. Even if the GM is fired, though, the replacement will likely inherit Baker as the manager, meaning Crane will still have a big say in how the club is shaped.
Between a potential championship run and front office issues, the next few months of Astros baseball will be a must-watch experience.
Astros World Series Odds
Winning the 2022 World Series is something that could buy Click some time if he isn't ready to move on. Heading into October, the Astros' +380 championship odds are second only to the LA Dodgers (+290) on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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