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Another of the Mariners GM candidates withdraws

The Seattle Mariners have lost another candidate in their search for a general manager – Oakland assistant GM David Forst has decided not to interview for the position.

Susan Slusser, the solid beat writer with the San Francisco Chronicle, broke the news Friday on her blog, which you can read here.

Forst, 31, is a Billy Beane disciple solidly entrenched in both scouting and player development, and considered one of the top young assistants in the game.

Coming less than a week after Cleveland assistant Chris Antonetti declined to be interviewed in Seattle, the loss of Forst as a candidate is yet another blow to the Mariners search.

Along with the withdrawal of Forst and Antonetti, the Mariners have had permission to speak to candidates with the San Diego Padres declined.