2 interview for Pirates' GM spot

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Oakmont resident Tony LaCava and Tony Bernazard, the New York Mets' assistant general manager, have interviewed for the Pirates' general manager position, according to a report yesterday on SI.com.

New Pirates president Frank Coonelly did not confirm nor deny those interviews occurred in a statement he released last night.

"This is an extremely critical hire," Coonelly said. "It is important that we conduct a thorough and orderly search process to find the right person for the general manager position who can move our baseball operations forward. It is counterproductive to the process to respond every time someone speculates on who that may be."

LaCava, the director of player personnel for the Toronto Blue Jays, did not return a phone call last night asking for comment.

Another name soon could be added to Coonelly's potential candidate list.

An industry source yesterday indicated Mike Rizzo has interest in the Pirates' job.

Rizzo, who, as Arizona's scouting director, drafted many of the young players who have helped the Diamondbacks climb to the top of the National League West, is the Washington Nationals' assistant general manager and vice-president of baseball operations.

Two potential candidates have dropped out of the picture.

Chris Antonetti, Cleveland's assistant general manager, declined an interview, according to SI.com. Rick Hahn, assistant general manager of the Chicago White Sox, is staying with that team, according to Jerry Reinsdorf, the team's chairman of the board.



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