The Red Sox announced another candidate for their vacant general manager’s position Friday afternoon: White Sox director of player development David Wilder. Sox officials, including CEO Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner, will interview Wilder on Saturday.
Wilder, who held positions with the Braves, Cubs, and Brewers before joining the White Sox in 2004, is expected to speak with the media after his interview on Saturday afternoon.
According to the Globe’s Gordon Edes, Wilder played a significant role in building the World Series champion White Sox, urging GM Ken Williams to take a chance on Bobby Jenks and A.J. Pierzynski and Carl Everett, players who came with varying degrees of baggage.
Also according to Edes: Wilder would seem to have some appeal for Lucchino, who has shown a preference for talent evaluators.
Wilder will be the first minority candidate to be interviewed by the Red Sox. For more information on Wilder, check out his biography on the White Sox’ web site.
Candidates Jim Beattie and Jim Bowden were called back by the Red Sox for second interviews.
From the Red Sox:
Wilder’s front office career highlights
|’91-95||Braves||Assistant director of scouting and player development (1995)|
|’96-99||Cubs||Farm director (1996-1998), assistant GM (1999)|
|’00-03||Brewers||VP/player personnel (2000-2002), special assignment scout (2003)|
|’04-present||White Sox||Director of player development|