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Rays’ James Click interviews for Astros general manager job

Click, who started with the Rays an an intern in 2005, now is one of four known candidates in the running to head up his own team.
Rays VP James Click presents the Al Lopez Award as the 2019 top spring rookie to Brandon Lowe before the March 29 game. [WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Tampa Bay Rays]
Rays VP James Click presents the Al Lopez Award as the 2019 top spring rookie to Brandon Lowe before the March 29 game. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Tampa Bay Rays]
Published Jan. 30
Updated Jan. 31

Rays vice president James Click on Wednesday interviewed for the Astros general manager job, one of at least four candidates for the opening created by the firing of Jeff Luhnow as fallout from the cheating scandal.

Others known to interview for the job, based on multiple media reports, include Bobby Evans, former Giants general manager; Peter Woodfork, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of baseball operations; and Gene Watson, the Royals’ director of pro scouting and special assistant.

The Astros also fired manager A.J. Hinch as a result of the cheating scandal and one-season suspension, and Wednesday made official the hiring of venerable veteran Dusty Baker to take over in the dugout. Owner Jim Crane is, in somewhat unorthodox fashion, now turning his attention toward hiring a general manager. Evans, it should be noted, worked with Baker when both were in San Francisco.

Click, 41, joined the Rays in 2005 as an intern to help build a database for new baseball operations chief Andrew Friedman. Click got hired full time in 2006, and the Yale history major has worked his way up to vice president of baseball operations. He has a hand in all facets of the operation, including systems, research and development, logistics, player evaluation, contract negotiations and more.

The Rays this season have already lost senior vice president Chaim Bloom, who was hired as chief baseball officer of the Red Sox. Click was one of three vice presidents, along with Peter Bendix and Carlos Rodriguez, to get more responsibility after Bloom left.


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