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White was officially eliminated as a candidate one day after the presumed favorite for the job, longtime major league executive Sandy Alderson, completed his interview.
White, who signed a new contract with the Dodgers earlier this month, said via text message that he is "out of Mets picture." White said he was notified in a phone call from Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, but declined to comment further on the matter.
White also was interviewed in September by the Arizona Diamondbacks for their GM vacancy, as was fellow Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson. That job ultimately went to former San Diego Padres GM Kevin Towers. White previously had interviewed for the GM position with the Houston Astros during the 2007 season, with that job going to former Philadelphia Phillies GM Ed Wade, who is still the Astros' GM today.
White was one of six candidates interviewed for the Mets job, but Alderson, who previously served as general manager of the Oakland A's and chief executive officer of the Padres before moving into the commissioner's office, has appeared to be the favorite from the beginning.
The Mets issued a statement Friday afternoon saying that they were bringing Alderson and former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes back for a second round of interviews and that the other candidates were out of the running.
White has headed the Dodgers' amateur scouting department since 2002. He is responsible for having drafted much of the team's current core, including pitchers Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw and Jonathan Broxton, first baseman James Loney and center fielder Matt Kemp. He was promoted from scouting director to assistant GM before the 2007 season, but he has continued to oversee the club's amateur scouting department and run the team's draft-day operations.
Although there have been various reports over the years of friction between White and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, who took over the team's front office in November 2005, and despite an erroneous rumor that surfaced in September that White might be on the verge of being pushed out, the Dodgers gave White a new contract immediately after the season.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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