James Click remains with Toronto Blue Jays as White Sox fill front office role internally
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The Chicago White Sox decided to make some changes earlier this month in the front office and fired executive Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn. The club has been disappointing for most of the season, as internal issues amongst the players and a paltry record had the White Sox selling at the trade deadline instead of contending for the postseason, which many predicted would be the case heading into the season.
In a relatively quick turn of events, the organization announced that Chris Getz, the former assistant general manager of the White Sox, was being promoted to senior vice president and general manager and taking over a turbulent organization that possesses some chemistry issues and a weak farm system that slightly improved at the trade deadline.
Now 40 years old, Getz was originally drafted by the White Sox in the fourth round of the 2005 MLB Draft, appearing in 117 games for the organization at second base. The Missouri product last appeared in the Majors with the Blue Jays back in 2014, going 4 for 25 with a .422 OPS before retiring in early May after he was designated for assignment. He would quickly begin his career off the field with the Kansas City Royals later that season, working in their player development department before joining the White Sox organization in 2016.
James Click stays with the Blue Jays after Getz promotion in Chicago
With Getz now leading the White Sox as their general manager, the Toronto Blue Jays are likely breathing a sigh of relief as James Click, their vice president, baseball strategy will be staying put for the organization for the time being.
Click joined the Blue Jays this past offseason after spending three seasons as the general manager of the Houston Astros following the cheating scandal and subsequent firing of Jeff Luhnow after the 2019 campaign. The North Carolina product turned down a one-year deal this past winter from the Astros and became a highly sought-after front-office executive, eventually joining the Jays.
While there was no formalized connection between Click and the White Sox that was publicized (other than rumours) or any indication as to whether the executive was looking to move back into the general manager’s chair, it is no secret that he would be a top candidate for any organization should he want to resume the role.
His history with the Tampa Bay Rays is highly documented, with Chaim Bloom hiring him as an intern after the two spent time working at Baseball Prospectus. Over the next 14 years, Click continued to work his way up through the organization, eventually assuming the role of vice president of baseball operations in 2017. With the Rays, Click became known for his connections on and off the field and for helping the Rays reach the playoffs on numerous occasions with limited payroll although the club was never able to win a World Series.
During his tenure with the Astros, Click was tasked with reshaping a franchise that was on the brunt of the cheating scandal and did a fine job, putting together a postseason-worthy team each season and eventually winning the World Series last year prior to his departure. While he didn’t make any front-page headline trades, he was methodical in his deals, trading for veteran talent to help with the postseason pushes without giving up too much prospect talent in return. As well, he was able to re-sign Yordan Álvarez to a long-term deal that didn’t break the bank at $115 million and worked without a first-round pick in both the 2020 and 2021 MLB Draft due to the fallout from the scandal.
Click and his future with Toronto
The Toronto Blue Jays are a better team with Click on the payroll and should ownership look to shake up the front office this offseason if they fall short of the postseason, the former general manager could be put into a familiar role sooner rather than later (if he so chooses).
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