Former Rays executive James Click joins Astros as new GM

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The Astros have named James Click their new general manager, the team announced Monday.

Click, 42, served as vice president of baseball operations for the Rays from 2017 to '19.

"I am excited to join the Astros family," Click said in a statement. "The Astros are a progressive and innovative organization with a deeply talented group in the front office. I am grateful to Jim Crane and the Astros for giving me this opportunity to help lead this team to more championships."

A Yale graduate, Click joined the Tampa Bay organization in 2006 and worked his way up to his most recent position.

Click is the latest exec to leave the Rays for a bigger job. Senior vice president Chaim Bloom was hired as chief baseball officer of the Red Sox earlier this offseason, and Click was set to take over some of his responsibilities.

Click takes over for Jeff Luhnow, who was fired by the team in the wake of a league investigation that found the Astros cheated by using a sign-stealing system during the regular season and playoffs of their World Series-winning 2017 season and during part of the 2018 regular season.

Houston manager AJ Hinch also was fired as part of the scandal. Dusty Baker was hired to replace him last week.

"James has had an impressive career," Houston owner Jim Crane said. "He is a respected leader who has progressed in this game across all aspects of Baseball Operations, and he has built great relationships with both front office and clubhouse personnel. I am thrilled to introduce him as our new General Manager. He is a great addition to the Astros."

The Astros will introduce Click to the media on Tuesday.