BravesCenter.com has learned that Dayton Moore has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Boston Red Sox' General Manager position and will remain with the Atlanta Braves.
Moore had been interviewed last week at the General Manager's meetings by Red Sox President Larry Lucchino and had emerged as the leading candidate to replace Theo Epstein. Moore had already been called back for a second interview, but today informed the Red Sox that he had decided to stay with the Braves.
The 38-year-old Moore is regarded as one of the brightest young executives in the game. He has turned down other offers to interview for GM positions in the past, citing his desire to remain with the Braves.
It is widely believed that Moore is the leading candidate to replace John Schuerholz when the Braves' GM retires in a few years. Today's decision by Moore keeps him in line for that eventual promotion.
Moore is hugely responsible for the great success enjoyed by the Braves' farm system over the past few years. He and Scouting Director Roy Clark have developed a tremendous operation that churned out eighteen rookies last year for the Braves, twelve of whom made their big league debuts, along with a farm system that is still stacked with outstanding talent.
Moore started off as a scout for the Braves in the Atlantic Region in the mid-1990s. He was then placed in charge of International Scouting, before being moved into the front office prior to the 2003 season as the Director of Player Personnel. In September, Moore was promoted to Assistant General Manager, still in charge of the Braves' farm system.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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