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Monday, November 21, 2005
Report: BoSox talked to Beattie again before Wilder news services

Jim Beattie, former Orioles executive vice president, had a second interview for the Boston Red Sox general manager position over the weekend, a Boston newspaper reported.

Beattie, the Boston Globe reported, citing a major league source, interviewed Friday. He first interviewed with the team Nov. 11.

David Wilder, who has been the director of player development for the Chicago White Sox the past two seasons, interviewed with Red Sox executives on Saturday for the job that Theo Epstein walked away from on Halloween.

The new general manager will have to replace starters at first, second and third base, find a closer and deal with the possible defection of center-fielder Johnny Damon. Also, right-fielder Manny Ramirez has requested a trade.

Wilder met with Red Sox part-owner Tom Werner and president and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino, along with other members of the baseball operations staff.

The Red Sox have also asked Washington Nationals' general manager Jim Bowden to come back for a second interview, which could happen this week.

The most successful general manager in Red Sox history, Epstein left for personal reasons that reportedly stemmed from a breakdown in his relationship with Lucchino. Several prospective replacements have pulled out of the running; although no one has said it aloud, the word around baseball appears to be that the Red Sox front office isn't such a great place to work.

But Wilder said he wasn't scared off by talk that Lucchino is too hands-on for a general manager hoping to be his own man (or, in the case of Dodgers' executive Kim Ng, her own woman). On the contrary, Wilder said he is confident enough in his own opinions to weather confrontation.

Beattie became the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations in December 2002 and was replaced last month by his top aide, Mike Flanagan. Beattie approached the Red Sox about the general manager's position after Theo Epstein decided not to renew his contract after three years at the job.

Beattie, who won a World Series ring as a right-hander for the 1978 New York Yankees, has strong New England ties. He grew up in Portland, Maine, and went to Dartmouth College, where a son and daughter now attend. Another daughter attends Phillips Academy in Andover.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.