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Wren makes pitch for Rays' GM job

Florida Marlins assistant general manager Frank Wren became the third finalist to interview for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays general manager's job.

Wren met Thursday with Rays managing general partner Vince Naimoli and other team officials.

"I felt it went well," Wren said.

Naimoli, as is his practice on this subject, declined to comment. He did say he has been very impressed with the plans and proposals outlined by the candidates.

The Rays also have interviewed Atlanta assistant GM Chuck LaMar and Cubs scouting director Al Goldis. They are expected to interview the remaining finalist, Houston scouting director Dan O'Brien Jr., next week.

Naimoli plans to announce his decision after the July 11 All-Star Game, but has not picked a date.

He said he probably will cut the field to two next week and conduct another interview (possibly by phone) with each. "As you begin to think about it, there's always a couple of questions you wish you asked," he said. "I just want to have another conversation with those two. This is probably the most important decision we're going to make. It's going to be a very tough decision and I want to have done everything humanly possible to make the right decision."

Wren, 37, graduated from St. Petersburg's Northeast High in 1976 and attended St. Petersburg Junior College in 1977. He was a minor-league player, coach and executive in the Expos system and has been with the Marlins since 1991.

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