With Cards' permission, D-backs to speak with LaRocque

With Cards' permission, D-backs to speak with LaRocque

MILWAUKEE -- Gary LaRocque, Director of Player Development, will meet with Tony La Russa, Arizona's chief baseball officer, on Saturday as part of the D-backs' search for a new general manager. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak granted La Russa permission to speak with LaRocque, who has been with the Cardinals since 2008.

La Russa removed Kevin Towers from his position as the D-backs GM on Thursday and told reporters in a conference call later that day that he planned to meet with several candidates to discuss the position before setting formal interviews. La Russa confirmed that he and LaRocque will meet in Florida.

"What I'm going to do in some cases is just have a conversation before an official interview just to see if there's enough of a reason from both our sides to get more formal," said La Russa, who managed the Cardinals from 1996-2011.

LaRocque joined the Cardinals as a senior special assistant to Mozeliak and later took the title of senior advisor to player development in 2013. This season, LaRocque was charged with overseeing all areas of the Cardinals' player development system. Before joining the organization, he spent 10 years in the Mets' front office.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.