LaCava in running if Epstein doesn't change mind

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Theo Epstein could change his mind and return to the Boston Red Sox.

That was one of the whispers going around in the lobby as the general managers of Major League Baseball's 30 teams gathered here for their annual meetings.

However, if the Boston general manager does not change his mind, Blue Jays executive Tony LaCava may be interviewed for the Boston job.

Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden and former Baltimore Orioles boss Jim Beattie have been confirmed to be getting interviews from the Red Sox. In addition, they have received permission to interview two officials of unidentified teams.

Baltimore Orioles vice president of baseball operations Jim Duquette and Oakland A's assistant general manager David Forst are rumoured to be on the list, although it does not appear Duquette is interested.

WELKE ON THE MOVE

Pro scout Don Welke will leave the Texas Rangers in order to join the Philadelphia Phillies and general manager Pat Gillick. When Gillick left the Blue Jays after the 1995 season to become GM of the Baltimore Orioles, Welke was the only Jays employee he took with him.

Welke signed eventual Cy Young award winner Pat Hentgen, after the right-hander from Fraser, Mich. didn't even have his name turned in by the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. To be drafted players have to have their names filed with the commissioner's office.


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