GM James Click on trades, Dusty Baker and World Series

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

Christian Vázquez will soon guide José Urquidy through five no-hitters en route to another home win that brings the American League West leaders closer to the Yankees.

Seattle, Minnesota and New York all made big moves during a turbulent trade deadline; San Diego mirrored an NBA superteam by adding young slugger Juan Soto in a blockbuster. James Click’s Astros have 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 response is a confession in the form of a joke.

Maybe he can get some sleep now. Maybe.

Then the third-year Astros general manager returns to work with the AL’s best record up for grabs and October is getting closer every day.

“The hardest part for me is that we have to be different from what we were two years ago, three years ago. Because if we just run the same program, everyone is going to catch up,” said Click, sitting in a suite where former general manager Jeff Luhnow regularly watched Astros games. “And so it gets exhausting. You have to let go of the idea that we’re ‘solving baseball.’ baseball. But we have to constantly stay ahead of not only the other 29 teams, but also ourselves.

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