David Forst, an assistant general manager with the Oakland Athletics, turned down an opportunity to interview for the vacant GM job with the Seattle Mariners, because of forthcoming opportunity with the Oakland organization.
"There's going to be plenty of room for growth for David in the Oakland organization," said Billy Beane, the Oakland general manager, on Friday. "He wants to stay here and be a part of what we've started."
The Oakland ownership has diversified beyond baseball, becoming involved in soccer. The plans for Forst, 31, have not been outlined. But in time, it's possible Forst would take a more integral role in the team's baseball operations, in the way that Cleveland assistant GM Chris Antonetti has taken a greater role in decision making, while working under Indians GM Mark Shapiro.
The Mariners are in the process of interviewing GM candidates, with Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng, Arizona executives Peter Woodfork and Jerry DiPoto, and Mets GM Tony Bernazard among those being considered.
Buster Olney is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine.