According to the Chronicle, Friedman is the No. 1 choice to replace Ed Wade, though the club has asked to interview a “handful” of others. Among the other candidates to be under consideration were Texas Rangers executives Thad Levine and A.J. Preller.
Friedman, who has been the general manager of the Rays since 2005, previously interviewed for the Los Angeles Angels’ opening, but according to the Chronicle, it is believed that it would take an “extraordinary situation” to take him out of Tampa Bay. Friedman, 35, is a native of Houston and new Astros owner Jim Crane hopes that the chance to fix the team he grew up watching would be enough to pry him from Tampa Bay, according to the Chronicle.