McCourt will consider keeping Evans

Updated: February 1, 2004, 7:23 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers general manager Dan Evans may have to interview for his own job.

New team owner Frank McCourt met with Evans on Friday and told him the team will start a search for a new general manager -- and that Evans' name will be on the list of candidates.

McCourt said he hopes to reach a decision by the beginning of spring training. The status of manager Jim Tracy would be left to whichever general manager is chosen, McCourt said.

"I assured him that he is still the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and that he is a legitimate candidate for the position," McCourt said. "I wanted to be very direct and honest with him, so that he heard it from me first."

Evans declined to comment.

McCourt is believed to be interested in longtime baseball executive Pat Gillick, especially after Oakland A's owner Steve Schott told the San Francisco Chronicle he wouldn't allow the Dodgers to interview his general manager, Billy Beane.

Evans is in the final year of a three-year contract.

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