Los Angeles Dodgers senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes will not be the next president of baseball operations for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jayson Stark av The Athletic reported Tuesday that Byrnes has chosen to stay in Los Angeles, instead of continuing to pursue the leading front office position in Philadelphia.
Brynes joins Minnesota Twins general manager Thad Levine as candidates who have withdrawn their names from processing for the position.
Stark says that Phillies and former Miami Marlins’ president of baseball operations Michael Hill “continues to talk”, but it is unclear if he is a favorite, or if it is even a favorite. Last week, Jim Salisbury from NBC Sports Philadelphia reported that Phillies planned to interview Hill for the second time, although that was also the case for Byrnes, according to the report.
The New York Mets have already tried to seek a president for baseball operations, and chose only to look for a general manager for the time being. Of course, Sandy Alderson is mainly leading the front office right now for the Mets. Phillie’s front office is currently headed by President Andy MacPhail and interim general manager Ned Rice, although it is unlikely to be in their current roles in a year. Apparently then, the Phillies are more motivated to find new managers for the front office than the Mets, although it is difficult to say whether they will be able to this winter.
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