Reds interview White Sox exec for GM post

By Marc Lancaster
Post staff reporter

The Reds have publicly acknowledged eight candidates for their general manager opening, but at least one person not on that list has interviewed for the job.

David Wilder, director of player development for the World Series champion Chicago White Sox, confirmed this morning that he was in Cincinnati earlier this week for an interview. Wilder declined to comment any further.

Wilder, who has been in his current position for the last two seasons, oversees Chicago's minor league and Latin American operations.

Before joining the White Sox, he spent 2000-03 with the Milwaukee Brewers, first as vice president of player personnel and later as a special assignment scout. In 2000, he was a member of the USA Baseball selection committee which put together the team that won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics.

Before his time in Milwaukee, Wilder served as the Chicago Cubs' farm director for three seasons (1996-98) and assistant general manager for one year (1999). He also worked in various capacities, mostly in scouting, for the Atlanta Braves from 1991-95.

Wilder interviewed last fall for the Boston Red Sox general manager job that eventually went back to Theo Epstein. Wilder also interviewed for the Reds' GM job the last time it was open, following the 2003 season.

Wilder also interviewed for the Reds' GM job the last time it was
open, following the 2003 season.

The eight acknowledged candidates for the Reds' vacancy are Reds director of international scouting and player development Johnny Almaraz, Philadelphia Phillies assistant GM Mike Arbuckle, Reds special adviser Jim Beattie, Minnesota Twins assistant GM Wayne Krivsky, Reds director of major league operations Brad Kullman, Reds special assistant to the GM Leland Maddox, St. Louis Cardinals assistant GM John Mozeliak and Atlanta Braves assistant GM Frank Wren.

Reds chief executive Bob Castellini has said he would like to have a general manager in place by the end of next week.