LaRocque out of running for D-backs' GM vacancy

LaRocque out of running for D-backs' GM vacancy

MINNEAPOLIS -- The D-backs' list of general manager candidates shrank by one Monday when Gary LaRocque elected to stay with the Cardinals organization where he is the farm director.

The remaining known candidates include Allard Baird, Larry Beinfest, Ray Montgomery, Tim Purpura, Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson.

There were varying reports about the D-backs' search Monday.

CBSsports.com reported that Stewart, Baird and Watson were the finalists for the job, while USA Today said that Stewart was the "heavy favorite" while Watson was still in the running and that it was possible Stewart could be hired as GM with Watson as his assistant.

LaRocque is the fourth known candidate to no longer be in the running joining Billy Eppler, Thad Levine and Hal Morris.

D-backs officials have not commented on the search other than to say last Friday that they had concluded the interview process and that chief baseball officer Tony La Russa would discuss the candidates with team president/CEO Derrick Hall.

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.