The Astros are considering Peter Woodfork for their open general manager position, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jake Kaplan of The Athletic (Twitter link). Woodfork currently works in the commissioner’s office as senior VP of baseball operations.
Woodfork previously served as assistant GM of the Diamondbacks. MLBTR’s Ben Nicholson-Smith profiled him as a candidate to run a baseball ops department back in 2011. Whether and when he’ll interview are not yet known.
We’ve only heard of one other candidate to this point: Bobby Evans, former Giants GM. These aren’t super-youthful, up-and-coming types with outsider perspectives. They’re respected, well-established executives. That’s hardly surprising, under the circumstances.
Taking over the Houston ops outfit is a massive opportunity that comes with great responsibility. It’s easy enough to envision success on the field with little more than a few tweaks. The roster is loaded with stars. But there are some payroll challenges and tough decisions soon to come. And the backdrop here — the sign-stealing scandal that engulfed the organization and cost former GM Jeff Luhnow his job — obviously can’t be ignored.
Owner Jim Crane fired Luhnow after a league investigation determined that the executive had overseen a culture that enabled that unfortunate cheating episode to occur. At the same time, of course, Luhnow had pioneered an aggressive and savvy approach that helped the organization secure a World Series title in 2017 and nearly add another in the just-completed season.