Atlanta assistant GM Moore turns down Red Sox

BOSTON -- Atlanta assistant general manager Dayton Moore has
told the Boston Red Sox that he's no longer interested in the GM
job vacated by Theo Epstein.

Moore, considered a favorite to become the Braves' GM when
65-year-old John Schuerholz retires, said Tuesday that he doesn't
want to uproot his family. He and his wife, Marianne, have three
young children. Moore has been with the Braves since 1994.

"Our children are 9, 6 and 3," Moore said. "The demands of
this game are tough enough. To be general manager of the Red Sox,
it just puts it in a whole other gear. It just didn't feel right."

The Red Sox have interviewed four candidates, including Moore,
who met last Wednesday with Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and
chairman Tom Werner at annual general managers' meetings in

"I was torn, and had very mixed emotions and felt very
comfortable with Larry Lucchino and his visions for the club,"
Moore said. "I felt 100 percent comfortable that he and the
ownership would do everything they can to allow the general manager
to be successful. It made it very appealing."

On the other hand, he said, "I've worked closely with John
Schuerholz. I've worked closely with him day in and out. I just feel
I've got two families. I've got the family I support and I've got
the Braves. Combine the two, and it's a tough place to leave."

Epstein helped put together the 2004 Red Sox team that won the
franchise's first World Series title since 1918. He departed when
his contract expired Oct. 31, after he and Lucchino were unable to
reach a new agreement.

The Red Sox also were spurned by Cleveland assistant GM Chris Antonetti, who turned down a chance to interview for the job.

Boston also interviewed Washington general manager Jim Bowden,
Minnesota assistant GM Wayne Krivsky and former Orioles executive
vice president Jim Beattie. The Red Sox want to hire a replacement
by the winter meetings, scheduled for Dec. 5-8.

Lucchino said in a statement that Moore "was given a great new
opportunity to stay in Atlanta. For that reason and for family
considerations, he has withdrawn from consideration."