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No Request Yet To Interview LaCava

I've spent the morning calling a few of the ballclubs that have prospective GM candidates, and so far none of them, including the Toronto Blue Jays, have been contacted by the Nationals for requests to interview Jim Bowden replacements. I mention the Blue Jays specifically because that's where you have Tony LaCava, on any short list of GMs-in-waiting. LaCava has previously been a finalist for jobs in Seattle and Pittsburgh. Though he works for the Blue Jays, he lives in Pittsburgh and has family in the DC area.

Assistant GM Mike Rizzo figures to be another leading candidate. On a list published in June 2008 by Baseball Prospectus of the industry's strongest future GM candidates, Rizzo was ranked fourth. LaCava was fifth.

Washington team president Stan Kasten said this morning that the team's staff will meet tomorrow morning to discuss the next steps.

"I'm not going to have anything to say to you about next steps for a while -- later in the week," Kasten said. "There's a reason for that. I think it would all be unwise to speculate or guess what's going on. But I have some things I've working on, some things I'm thinking about. For today, though, we should just be talking about Jim. There will be time to talk about everything else."

By Chico Harlan  |  March 1, 2009; 12:07 PM ET
 
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Didn't Kasten travel to Toronto earlier this offseason? There was speculation at the time that Kasten wanted out of Washington, but could he have been meeting with LaCava? Just thinking out loud...

Posted by: Keenan1 | March 1, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"For today, though, we should just be talking about Jim."

No, actually Stan, this is should be the first day of NOT talking about Jim.

Posted by: Brian_ | March 1, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Let's take the time and get the best man for the job, bar none. When the Lerner's took over we accepted MLB's scrap-heap hire of Bowden and kept him on. Let's get the best and brightest, period.

Rizzo may be good and internal, but is he really the best, or 5th best? Let's not settle for what we can get. Let the Nats go out and campaign and push andn convince the best one and get them to come here.

Instead of the Lerners being swayed by a song and dance act by someone totally inappropriate to be put in charge of a top-to-bottom building effort.

Let's do it right.

Posted by: VladiHondo | March 1, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Kasten travel to Toronto earlier this offseason? There was speculation at the time that Kasten wanted out of Washington, but could he have been meeting with LaCava? Just thinking out loud...

Posted by: Keenan1 | March 1, 2009 12:12 PM
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Wouldn't that be amazing if that was what that trip was all about. All the speculation from that trip was that Stan wasn't happy and your observation may be another logical explanation.

I guess that's why we shouldn't jump to conclusions.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 1, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

But blogging is all about jumping to conclusions, GoingGone. That and flaming.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 1, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Make that "_ininformed_ jumping to conclusions and flaming."

Assuming the Jays are telling Chico the truth that DC hasn't asked permission to talk with LaCava, Kasten didn't. Would be a huge no-no.

Posted by: CEvansJr | March 1, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

and did I mention bad spelling and no proofreading?
not to mention "UNinformed"

Posted by: CEvansJr | March 1, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

What about a veteran fill in like LaJoie or, perish the thought, Gillick, if Rizzo really does not want to step up?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 1, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Any relation to "Nap" LaJoie?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 1, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

If anyone else is wondering, nos. 1-3 from that Baseball Prospectus article on top GM candidates (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=7683) are:

1. Jed Hoyer (Assistant GM, Red Sox)

2. Jack Zduriencik (Scouting Director, Brewers) -- hired as GM of the Seattle Mariners last October

3. Rick Hahn (Assistant GM, White Sox)

After Rizzo and LaCava are:
6. Mike Chernoff (Director of Baseball Operations, Indians)
7. John Ricco (Assistant GM, Mets)
8. John Abbamondi (Assistant GM, Cardinals)
9. Thad Levine (Assistant GM, Rangers)
10. Peter Woodfork (Assistant GM, Diamondbacks)

Other Names to Remember: Damon Oppenheimer, Tony Bernazard, Jerry DiPoto, Kim Ng, Dick Tidrow.

Posted by: DrewDC | March 2, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

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