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McCourt will consider keeping Evans

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.