The latest name to emerge as a candidate for the Astros vacant General Managers position is Jeff Luhnow, currently the Vice President of Scouting and Player Development for the St. Louis Cardinals. Major League Sources tell FoxSportsHouston.com that Luhnow interviewed for the job in Houston Thursday and that Bill Geivett, who holds the same position with the Rockies, interviewed in Houston on Friday.
Luhnow joined the Cardinals in 2003 as Vice President of Baseball Development. During Luhnows tenure as the VP of Scouting and Player Development, the Cardinals have drafted players such as Jaime Garcia, Mitchell Boggs, Allen Craig, Tyler Greene and Jon Jay.
Luhnow, 44, has served in his current position since 2006.
While the Astros have genuine interest in luring Rays General Manager Andrew Friedman from Tampa, it is generally considered a long shot that Friedman will agree to come to Houston despite the fact it is his hometown and that his father is a Houston attorney.
New Astros owner Jim Crane has stressed that he plans to build a contender through minor league development. The organization has been secretive during the search process and has not made any public comments regarding the job since dismissing Ed Wade during the Thanksgiving holiday.