Wheel of GM speculation
So Geoff Baker at the Times wrote something really interesting to me a while ago: he said that the M’s, if they fired Bavasi mid-season, would be looking for an interim GM, someone currently serving as a GM but with previous GM experience. Presumably, a name.
First, if they do, I’ll be shocked: firing the GM mid-season, especially ahead of the draft, is rarely done, and with good reason.
But second — who would that be? Who would want that job, and who would give their assistant GM permission to leave mid-season to take the job?
We can pretty reasonably assure no one in the AL West would be so generous.
So… assistant GMs who’ve served as GMs. Who was Baker hinting at?
Jim Duquette, of the Orioles?
Gord Ash, of the Brewers? Possible bonus points for previous Blue Jays (and thus, presumably, Baker) connection.
Dan Evans is right here, but he’s “Special Assistant to the GM”
Update-clarificaton: Dylan wrote
Baker actually responded to a comment I made via E-mail concerning the possible interim GMâ€™s. He told me that the interim candidates were from within and had previous GM experience, with one of the candidates even having previous managerial experience. Who in our front office fits the bill?
Thatttt’s even more interesting.
And see Dave’s comments, below: he thinks it’d be likely to be Pelekoudas.