James Click was named the 13th General Manager in Astros franchise history on Feb. 3, 2020.
Click, 42, joins the Astros from the Tampa Bay Rays, where he served as the club’s Vice President of Baseball Operations for the last three seasons (2017-19). Click’s career with Tampa Bay spanned 14 years, originally joining the club as a Coordinator of Baseball Operations in 2006. Since then, he also served as the Rays Director of Baseball Research and Development and later Director of Baseball Operations.
In his role as the VP of Baseball Operations, Click was involved in guiding and overseeing all aspects of the baseball operations department. His areas of focus were research and development, strategic planning, and innovation, with particular attention on the Rays’ efforts to create and maintain department wide initiatives on player evaluation, player assessment, roster configuration, trade and contract negotiation, league relations, and staff management.
In his 14 years with the Rays, Click worked alongside current decision-makers across the baseball landscape, including Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Freidman, Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and current Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Erik Neander.
A Durham, N.C. native and graduate of Yale University (B.A., History), Click wrote for Baseball Prospectus for several years before joining the Rays. He and his wife, Ace, have two sons, Sam and Nate.