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12/02/11 9:13 PM EST

Geivett lands in Houston, interviews for GM job

HOUSTON -- Bill Geivett, the senior vice president of scouting and player development/assistant general manager of the Colorado Rockies, arrived in Houston on Friday morning to interview with the Astros for their vacant general manager position.

The Astros are trying to fill their GM spot that became open when Ed Wade was dismissed last week after four-plus years.

"I'm very excited to be here and it's a great organization and a great city, and everybody knows a great state," Geivett said. "I'm very excited and [we'll] see how it goes today."

The team has also reached out to Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine, who has since said he will stay with the Rangers. Cardinals vice president of player procurement Jeff Luhnow interviewed for the job on Thursday, according to a Major League source. But Geivett was the first candidate to publicly acknowledge interviewing with the Astros.

"It's a tremendous honor," Geivett said.

Geivett, 47, oversees both scouting and player development for the Rockies, while also assisting GM Dan O'Dowd with all baseball decisions and evaluations. He joined the Rockies in 2000, and just completed his 11th season with the club and 24th in professional baseball.

The club's director of player personnel since 2000, Geivett added the role of farm director in '03. He came to Colorado from the Dodgers, for whom he had worked since September 1998, most recently as assistant GM (2000).

Geivett is the former special assistant to the GM for Tampa Bay and headed Montreal's farm system for three years. He broke into the Majors with the Yankees as a scout and organizational instructor in 1991. He coached collegiately at Loyola Marymount (1989) and Long Beach State (1990).

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.