MLB notebook: Astros GM out after World Series title

James Click, right, and Jose Altuve celebrate after Houston won the World Series on Saturday. Click will not receive a new contract and is exited as general manager of Astros. David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Astros general manager James Click will not receive a new contract, a highly unusual move the team announced on Friday – just six days after Houston won the World Series.

Click was hired from the Tampa Bay Rays ahead of the 2020 season and appeared increasingly distant from owner Jim Crane. Click, 44, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is believed to be the first general manager change after a World Series title since 1947, when the Yankees’ Larry MacPhail was replaced by George Weiss.

Click said at general managers’ meetings in Las Vegas on Tuesday that his contract expired Oct. 31 and the situation has not been resolved. He also said he was given a short notice of Wednesday’s press conference, where the Astros announced manager Dusty Baker was returning to a one-year contract.

Click did not respond Tuesday when asked by reporters if he had been offered a one-year contract. And he answered indirectly when asked if the autonomy of baseball operations was an issue.

“We all always want to have areas of responsibility in areas that we can call our own, in areas that we can be proud of,” he said. “Inevitably, in any of these jobs, these decisions are multi-million dollar decisions, and ownership is going to be involved. It’s just a matter of degree. »

Crane was repeatedly asked about Click’s status on Wednesday and said the two were in talks. Crane was also asked how he would rate the work Click has been doing since taking over after Jeff Luhnow was fired following the team’s sign-stealing scandal.

“We’re going above that,” Crane said. “But I think James did a good job. He stepped in and made some good shots. We’ll sit down and see where we end up with James.

Click spent 14 years with the Rays, starting as the baseball operations coordinator before becoming the team’s director of baseball research and development and director of baseball operations. He spent three seasons as vice president of baseball operations before Houston hired him.

METS: Edwin Díaz’s five-year, $102 million contract with the New York Mets includes $26.5 million in deferred payments that he won’t fully receive until 2042 and also has a club option for 2028 that could claim $118.25 million over six seasons.

Díaz’s deal, announced Wednesday, set a record for guaranteed dollars for a relief pitcher. It includes a $12 million signing bonus payable in January and salaries of $17.25 million in 2023 and 2024, and $17.5 million in 2025.

Díaz has an $18.5 million player option for 2026 and 2027, and he must decide on both after the 2025 season. If exercised, the Mets have an $17.25 million option for 2028 with a $1 million buyout.

New York will defer $5.5 million per year from 2023 to 2025 and $5 million per year in 2026 and 2027, with payments due July 1 in future years.

PADRES: Reliever Robert Suarez has agreed to stay in San Diego on a five-year, $46 million deal, according to a person familiar with the deal.

He went 5-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 45 appearances during the regular season.

• Right-hander Nick Martinez has terminated his contract with the San Diego Padres and became a free agent after going 4-4 ​​with a 3.47 ERA upon returning from Japanese baseball.

MINOR LEAGUES: Free agent infielder Luis Curbelo was suspended for 80 games, and Boston pitcher Starlin Santos and Miami outfielder Deivis Mosquera were suspended for 60 games each under Minor League Baseball’s drug program.

Curbelo tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Clomiphene, a female fertility drug, the commissioner’s office announced on Friday.

Santos, 20, tested positive for Stanozolol and Mosquera, 18, for Nandrolone. These two are on the Dominican Summer League rosters and will begin serving their suspensions next season.

Curbelo’s penalty will begin when he signs with a major league organization. A sixth-round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2016, he was released from Double-A Birmingham in August.

RAYS: Tampa Bay has hired longtime Texas Rangers executive Jon Daniels as senior baseball operations adviser.

Daniels spent the previous 21 seasons with the Rangers, including the last 17 overseeing their baseball operations department. He was the longest-serving senior manager in the team’s history.

Daniels was named the Rangers’ general manager on October 4, 2005. He was just 28 years old and became the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history.

BRAVE: Atlanta signed right-hander Nick Anderson to a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract.

Under the terms of the deal announced by the Braves, the 32-year-old Anderson will earn $875,000 when he’s in the majors and $185,000 if he’s in the minors.

Anderson has been slowed by injuries since posting an impressive streak with Tampa Bay. The reliever has a 2.89 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings for his career.


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