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The D-Backs’ GM search is going to be something

Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball recognizes the odd pool of D-Backs’ GM candidates, Thursday’s ALDS action, and the fun weirdness of Andrew Miller.

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The Diamondbacks need a new ... well, everything. On Monday, they fired general manager Dave Stewart, manager Chip Hale, and vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson, and removed Tony La Russa from power in baseball ops while letting him keep his role as chief baseball officer. They’re starting with a new GM, and the pool of candidates is a little odd. It’s not necessarily bad, as there are intriguing names here, but it’s definitely odd.

The D-Backs are considering three internal candidates for GM despite their dumpster fire of a season: director of player development Mike Bell, assistant GM Bryan Minniti, and VP and assistant GM Peter Woodfork. Now, this group shouldn’t necessarily be blamed for the failings of Stewart and La Russa, as we don’t know exactly how much input they had under them, but that’s still a lot of internal looks for a club trying to erase recent history. Luckily, they’re also looking at a few external candidates, as well: former D-Backs scouting director and current Brewers scouting director Ray Montgomery, MLB executive Kim Ng, and former Dodgers GM (and current special adviser) Ned Colletti.

Ng and Colletti competed for the Dodgers GM job over a decade ago, and Colletti was eventually replaced by Farhan Zaidi when Andrew Friedman took over the Dodgers. Ng has interviewed for multiple GM jobs and never come away with one, but she’s recognized as a sharp baseball mind and is the senior vice president of baseball operations for MLB. Colletti’s failings are generally overstated, but he would be more of a lateral move from Stewart than an upgrade. It’s just a strange mix, and feels like it’s missing a few names.

If they’re so interested in scouting and player development, where’s the Cubs’ Jason McLeod? Why weren’t the D-Backs moving quicker to entice someone like Ben Cherington before he took a VP role with the Blue Jays? There’s probably a good answer for the next GM of the D-Backs in this group regardless, but as usual, they’re going about this a little funny.