D-backs wrap up GM interviews as decision nears

D-backs wrap up GM interviews as decision nears

DENVER -- The D-backs wrapped up interviews for their general manager's position Friday, and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and team president and CEO Derrick Hall will talk things over this weekend as the club nears a decision.

Seven candidates met with La Russa and Hall. They include: Allard Baird, Larry Beinfest, Gary LaRocque, Ray Montgomery, Tim Purpura, Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson.

Beinfest's meeting with Hall took place earlier this year.

Three other candidates for the position spoke with La Russa, but did not meet with Hall and were not in the final mix. They include Angels director of pro scouting Hal Morris, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler and Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine. Eppler and Levine both withdrew their names from consideration.

Stewart has been looked at as a front-runner of sorts given his history with La Russa and the tremendous amount of respect La Russa has expressed for Stewart and his varied background. In addition to an outstanding pitching career, Stewart has served as a pitching coach and assistant general manager and is now a successful player agent.

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.