HOUSTON -- As the Astros continue to discuss the candidates they've interviewed for manager, general manager Jeff Luhnow said the goal is to find a manager for the long haul. In other words, he wants to hire a manager who will have what it takes to see the club's rebuilding process through to the point where the team is competitive again.
"That's the idea," Luhnow said. "That's why we spent so much time and energy on this process. We're looking to find a manager that's going to take the Houston Astros from where they are today -- two years in a row losing more than 100 games -- to the point of our goal, which is to win multiple championships.
"I'd like to be here when that happens, and I'd like the manager we hire to be here when that happens. We're all motivated to get there. We don't want to hire someone with the idea he's going to be here for one phase of it. We want someone to grow with the players and grow with the organization."
Astros owner Jim Crane said Tuesday that the club had whittled its list of candidates to three or four, and would like to make a decision by late this week or early next week.
Among the candidates who have interviewed and are still in the hunt are Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Nationals third base coach Bo Porter and Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco.