D-backs add Levine to list of GM hopefuls

Well-respected assistant GM in ninth season with Rangers

D-backs add Levine to list of GM hopefuls

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine became the 10th candidate for the D-backs' general manager job Wednesday.

Levine, who is well-respected within the baseball community, is in his ninth season with the Rangers assisting GM Jon Daniels in all areas of Major League operations. Prior to that, he spent six years with the Rockies.

This past April, former GM Jim Bowden, who now writes for ESPN.com, surveyed current general managers about who they thought were the best future GMs, and Levine was at the top of the list.

"Levine has been the assistant GM of the Rangers for the past eight seasons and has assisted [GM] Jon Daniels in player acquisitions, roster composition, contract negotiations and statistical and financial analysis," Bowden wrote. "He has high character and has the endorsement of most GMs in baseball as next in line in the industry. Daniels is still in his 30s, so it's likely that he will have to go elsewhere to get a GM job."

Levine joins Allard Baird, Larry Beinfest, Billy Eppler, Gary LaRocque, Ray Montgomery, Hal Morris, Tim Purpura, Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson as the confirmed candidates.

D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has said he would like to have a GM in place by the end of the regular season.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.