Texas Rangers rumors: Thad Levine, the assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers, is a candidate for the vacant Arizona Diamondbacks' g.m. job, according to Jon Heyman:
#rangers asst gm thad levine makes it 10 in the mix for arizona gm. la russa has sought permission to speak with him.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 10, 2014
Tony LaRussa is casting a wide net in looking for a new g.m. for the D-Backs, with Heyman noting there are 10 known candidates, including LaRussa's former ace, Dave Stewart. So its premature to get too worked up over the possibility just yet.
That being said, the Rangers have already lost A.J. Preller to San Diego, where he is the new general manager, and Levine, generally considered to be the right hand man to g.m. Jon Daniels, would be a significant loss. While I wouldn't say it is likely, I also wouldn't rule out the possibility of Daniels moving into the team president role, overseeing both baseball and business operations, that was reportedly offered to him prior to 2013, with Levine ascending to the Rangers' g.m. spot.