ST. PETERSBURG - OCTOBER 12: Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman of the Tampa Bay Rays talks with outfielder Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers during batting practice before Game 5 of the ALDS at Tropicana Field on October 12, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Houston Astros GM Search: Tampa GM Andrew Friedman Declines Offer

With little organizational talent in the majors or minors, the Astros GM position has not attracted a lot of strong candidates.

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Tampa Bay's Andrew Friedman Declines Astros GM Position

One of the hottest names in baseball, Tampa Bay Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman, has reportedly declined the Houston Astros open GM position:

 Bill Shaikin 
Hearing  GM already has decided against taking Astros job.

Friedman, a Houston native who built Tampa Bay's playoff teams despite a tiny payroll, was considered the front-runner for the Astros job. 

Despite having a huge fan base in one of baseball's big markets and a deep-pocketed owner seemingly committed to winning, Houston has had a tough time attracting quality candidates:

 Jon Heyman 
in addition to thad levine of texas, rick hahn of the white sox and kim ng of mlb turned down interview opps for astros gm

The Astros, at 56-106, had the worst record in baseball by a significant margin and there isn't much talent in the minor leagues either, so anyone willing to take the job is signing up for a significant rebuilding process.

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Houston Astros GM Search: Team Gets Permission To Interview Tampa GM Andrew Friedman

Friedman, a native of Houston, has built the Rays into a perennial AL pennant contender despite minuscule payrolls.

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