Minneapolis — General Manager A Avila was the with the team in Minneapolis this weekend to start conducting interviews with the in-house managerial candidates.
Omar Vizquel and Dave Clark were interviewed, and Lloyd McClendon, who has a long history in the organization and with Avila, will also be formally interviewed.
“Going into next week, we will start interviewing guys from outside,” Avila said.
Avila said he won’t make public whom he brings in for interviews, but he said the process could go through the month. Clearly, some of the candidates are presently coaching with playoff-bound teams.
“Ideally, we’d like to have it done by the end of October,” Avila said. “But it’s tough because of the playoffs. It might take longer.”
Avila was also getting his administrative ducks in a row this weekend. Besides beefing up both the scouting and analytics departments, he also started the budget process for 2018.
“There is a lot of work we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks in player development, scouting, international operations,” he said. “We are also working towards adding another team in the Dominican Republic (Dominican Summer League).”