HOUSTON (AP) -The Houston Astros interviewed three more candidates Thursday for their vacant general manager job: Philadelphia assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., Cleveland director of player personnel Steve Lubratich and St. Louis assistant GM John Mozeliak.
Houston also is considering one of its former GMs. Bob Watson was general manager of the Astros from 1993-95 and the New York Yankees from October 1995 to February 1998. He currently is vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.
Astros interim GM Tal Smith, owner Drayton McLane and team consultant Bob McClaren have also interviewed Jim Beattie, Ed Wade and Muzzy Jackson.
Beattie, the former general manager of the Montreal Expos and Baltimore Orioles, held the position with the Orioles from December 2002 to October 2005.
Wade is the former general manager of the Phillies. He was fired following the 2005 season after failing to get Philadelphia into the playoffs during eight years on the job.
Jackson is special assistant to the general manager with the Kansas City Royals.
Two internal candidates also will be interviewed, Smith said: assistant general manager Ricky Bennett and senior director of baseball operations David Gottfried.
Last week, the team fired manager Phil Garner and general manager Tim Purpura with the club at the bottom of the NL Central standings. Bench coach Cecil Cooper was appointed interim manager, and Smith is serving as interim general manager.
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