David Forst at Risk?

The Friars have asked permission to interview candidates from other clubs, including David Forst (Athletics). The A's may have already said yes.

David Forst at Risk?

June 24, 2014-
Jeff Todd, mlbtraderumors.com

San Diego is moving ahead with interviews for its newly-created GM opening, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports in a series of tweets. The Friars have asked permission to interview candidates from other clubs, including David Forst (Athletics). It is highly unlikely, says Rosenthal, that the club will have a new GM installed before the trade deadline, though it is possible that the new top baseball decision maker will have been chosen at that point.

Club president Mike Dee created the list of candidates by "talking to people the last two months to identify the bright general managers, assistant general managers and directors of player personnel and others," club executive chairman Ron Fowler tells MLB.com's Corey Brock. The club has already received permission to meet with at least two of the candidates.

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Notes:

  • David Forst is in his 15th season with the Athletics and his 11th as assistant general manager. He was appointed to his current position in February of 2004 after serving as an assistant to the general manager and coordinator of professional scouting. His primary duties include assisting Billy Beane in all player acquisitions, contract negotiations and player evaluations.
  • A native of Encino, Calif., ( L.A.) Forst resides in Berkeley, Calif.
  • 2008- Forst, the Oakland A's assistant GM, decided not to interview with Seattle, according to A's general manager Billy Beane. Beane said that the A's plan to provide a greater role for Forst in future years.

"David is a critical member of the A's management team, and we anticipate him taking on a prominent role in the future," Beane said in an e-mail to The Times.

  • Forst has been mentioned as a likely successor to Beane, who has an ownership stake in the A's and could one day shift his focus to upper management or the pro soccer team owned by A's majority owner Lew Wolff.

Is Forst now ready to move on after more than 10 years as an assistant GM? Does Farhan Zaidi's ( himself rumored for the Padre's GM job) recent promotion to co-assistant GM represent a changing of the guard in Oakland's front office?

Or does Forst's new job opportunity give Billy Beane the reason to finally step up into upper management (a bit earlier than anticipated) and pass the torch to Forst as the A's new GM?

The last thing the A's need in the middle of one of the best MLB seasons by any team in the last decade is front office intrigue, but with that success other teams are naturally going to come knocking. With great success other teams will be knocking hard. Changes may be coming soon.

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