Report: Astros favoring Atlanta executive for general manager opening

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(SportsRadio 610) - It’s been nearly two and a half months since the Astros won their second World Series title in six seasons.

Following their 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in game six to clinch their second championship in franchise history, the Astros needed only six days before deciding to move on from general manager James Click.

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According to the latest reports, via Audacy MLB insider Bob Nightengale, the Astros have zeroed in on Atlanta Braves vice president of scouting Dana Brown.

Brown, a former college teammate of Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio at Seton Hall, was among three candidates reported last week to be in the running for the team's next general manager.

Former Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill and ex-San Francisco Giants GM Bobby Evans have also been interviewed by the Astros, according to reports.

The Atlanta executive has been highly touted by current Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, whom he worked with in the old Montréal Expos organization and Toronto Blue Jays before joining the Braves in 2019.

Brown has been credited with selecting catcher Shea Langerliers in the first round of the 2019 draft.

Langaliers eventually became the centerpiece of the deal that landed first baseman Matt Olsen in Atlanta.

Furthermore, Anthopoulos has credited Brown with helping the Braves make two of the more significant additions to their organization recently, drafting pitcher Spencer Strider and center fielder Michael Harris II, who finished first and second, respectively, in the NL Rookie of the Year race in 2022.

Meanwhile, as the Astros have seemingly wrapped up all significant moves this offseason, signing reliever Rafael Montero to a three-year $34.5 million deal, free agent slugger José Abreu to a three-year $58.5 million deal and returning Michael Brantley on a one-year $12 million pact, the only thing left to do is find a general manager.

If Brown turns out to be the right front office fit for the Astros, he would become baseball’s only Black general manager in the game today.

The late Bob Watson, a former Astros executive and 19-year MLB veteran, became the first African-American general manager in baseball history in 1994 under former Astros owner Drayton McLane.

Shaun Bijani has spent the last 16 years covering the Houston sports scene for SportsRadio 610. Follow him on Twitter @ShaunBijani.

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