Bud Black May Yet Interview for Dodger Job

Bud Black decided he wouldn't be a candidate, then changed his mind and decided to be interviewed for the job. The Dodgers announced Tuesday that the Angels pitching coach declined an interview, citing family reasons. Then, Black later reconsidered and told new Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti he would take a day or two to think about it, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Black, 47, who has never been a manager, has spent the past six seasons as the Angels' pitching coach. He pitched 15 years in the Major Leagues, the last being with the San Francisco Giants in 1994, Colletti's first year in the Giants' front office.

Orel Hershiser, the former Dodger pitcher who wowed Dodger owner Frank McCourt during his managerial interview back in the Paul DePodesta-led search, has never been a manager, either. McCourt seemed excited about bringing former Dodgers back into the fold after interviewing Hershiser and then firing DePodesta.

Then Black, who reportedly has turned down other opportunities to interview for manager jobs for the same reason, apparently reconsidered and called Colletti Tuesday night, according to the report.

Colletti said he has informally contacted two other teams to determine the interest of two more candidates. He said through a spokesman that he received permission from one club but was unable to make contact with the candidate, and was unable to make contact with the general manager from the other club.

Needing to replace free agent Jeff Weaver and having shopped Odalis Perez at the general managers' meetings, the Dodgers have expressed interest in right-hander Matt Morris, who went 14-10 with a 4.11 earned-run average for the St. Louis Cardinals last season.

Morris, 31, never has had a losing record in his eight-year career. He pitched 193 innings in 2005 and more than 200 in three of the four years before that.

Barry Axelrod, his agent, said six teams were "seriously interested" in Morris and said the pitcher would not necessarily prefer the East Coast or Midwest. "He's basically told me he'll go anywhere," Axelrod said. "He wants to be part of a winning team."

Reminded the Dodgers lost 91 games last season, Axelrod said, "I can't imagine the Dodgers won't be a winning team soon. I have a lot of confidence in Ned."

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