LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt have compiled a list of candidates for the club's vacant general manager job and begun contacting clubs in cases where permission to interview is necessary.
The club Sunday confirmed that permission had been received from the Seattle Mariners to interview special consultant Pat Gillick. With the McCourts' ties to the Boston area, Theo Epstein's resignation from the Red Sox added another hot name to the rumor mill.
But Monday a club spokesman said the remainder of the search process would "remain confidential."
Gillick, a general manager for 26 years with Toronto, Baltimore and Seattle, quickly emerged as the front-runner and preferred choice of Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, a special consultant to chairman Frank McCourt. However, Gillick also is being pursued for the Philadelphia Phillies' general manager job, along with another possible Dodgers candidate, former Houston GM Gerry Hunsicker.
At Saturday's press conference to announce the dismissal of Paul DePodesta, Frank McCourt said the next Dodgers general manager would need to have leadership skills, an eye for baseball talent, be a good communicator and have experience to do the job.
In addition to Gillick, Hunsicker and Epstein, the pool of rumored candidates includes current Washington GM Jim Bowden, former Texas GM John Hart and Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.