SEATTLE -- An original list of 60 potential candidates to become the Mariners' next general manager reportedly is down to the final four. The short list, according to the Seattle Times, includes Jerry DiPoto, Tony LaCava, Kim Ng and Jack Zduriencik. The newspaper reported that DiPoto, director of player personnel for the Diamondbacks, and LaCava, an assistant GM with the Blue Jays, were expected to have second -- and probably final -- interviews on Thursday and Ng, assistant GM with the Dodgers, would be interviewed on Friday in Seattle. Later on Thursday, the Times added Zduriencik to the list.
Club officials could not be reached for comment on Thursday. While DiPoto and LaCava reportedly flew in on Wednesday, Ng was seen on television sitting alongside Dodgers GM Ned Colletti during the National League Championship Series game against the Phillies. The Mariners last week interviewed five candidates, including two from the Diamondbacks -- DiPoto and Peter Woodfork, Arizona's assistant general manager. But only DiPoto, who pitched in the Major Leagues as recently as 2000, will receive a second interview, which will be conducted by Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln, club president Chuck Armstrong and ownership representative Chris Larson. A final decision could be made as early as next Tuesday, one day before the World Series begins in either St. Petersburg or Boston. DiPoto worked in the scouting department of the Red Sox from 2003 to 2004 before serving as director of player personnel for the Rockies in 2005. He joined the Diamondbacks in the same capacity the following season, overseeing all aspects of pro scouting, and is regarded as an excellent talent evaluator. LaCava has a scouting background with several organizations, including a 10-year stint with the Angels, where he worked with the Mariners' current scouting director, Bob Fontaine. LaCava also worked for the Braves, Expos and Indians before joining the Blue Jays in October 2002 as assistant to GM J.P. Ricciardi. The 57-year-old Zduriencik is the Brewers' vice president and special assistant to GM Doug Melvin for player personnel. The final four, along with Mets assistant GM Tony Bernazard -- who played for the Mariners -- and in-house candidates Lee Pelekoudas, the interim GM since June 16 when Bill Bavasi was dismissed, and Bob Engle, the vice president of international operations, also were interviewed. Engle and Pelekoudas are expected to remain in the organization regardless of who becomes the GM.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.