The Diamondbacks have officially offered their general manager position to Dave Stewart, as first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and Bob Nightengale of USA Today. According to Nightengale, the two sides are now working out contract details.
Though it is widely thought that Stewart will accept the job, the Diamondbacks will likely have to make a significant offer to ensure that the ex-World Series MVP will leave behind his successful agency for the position. Stewart represents Chris Carter of the Astros, Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley of the Dodgers and many minor leaguers, meaning that those players may have to find new representation if Stewart takes the job with Arizona.
After considering ten candidates since removing Kevin Towers from the position earlier in the month, the D-Backs narrowed the field down to Stewart, Red Sox executive Allard Baird and Dodgers executive De Jon Watson in recent days, though Stewart has always been considered the favorite due to his strong relationship with Tony La Russa. Arizona is reportedly going to announce their new general manager on Thursday, with the wide assumption throughout baseball that Stewart will be their guy.
Stewart, 57, has worked as a pitching coach, front office executive and agent since retiring in 1995. He has previously been considered for general manager positions with the Blue Jays and Brewers, but has never before been offered the job by a team.