GM James Click on trades, Dusty Baker and World Series


Trey Mancini is an hour away from blasting his first home run as an Astro into the Crawford Boxes inside Minute Maid Park.

Christian Vázquez will soon guide José Urquidy through five hitless innings on the way toward another home victory that pulls the American League West leaders closer to the Yankees.

Seattle, Minnesota and New York all made significant moves during a hectic trade deadline; San Diego mirrored an NBA superteam by adding young slugger Juan Soto in a blockbuster. James Click’s Astros kept pace with Major League Baseball’s best, again balancing the needs of the present with the promise of the future. With three new players added to Dusty Baker’s 2022 roster and an afternoon game scheduled before a road trip to Cleveland, Click’s first answer is a confession in the form of a joke.

Maybe he can get some sleep now. maybe.

Then the third-year Astros general manager goes back to work with the best record in the AL up for grabs and October getting closer every day.

“The most difficult part of it for me is that we have to be different than we were two years ago, three years ago. Because if we’re just running the same program, everybody else is going to catch up,” said Click, sitting inside a suite that former GM Jeff Luhnow used to regularly watch Astros games from. “And so it becomes exhausting. You have to give up on the idea that we’re ‘solving baseball.’ You’re never going to solve baseball. But we have to constantly stay ahead of not just the other 29 teams but of ourselves.

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