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Gottfried not returning to Astros

Astros assistant general manager David Gottfried, who has worked for the club in various capacities the last 14 years, will not have his contract renewed by the club.

Gottfried was in his sixth season as assistant general manager for player relations, a position he took in 2006. He was previously the club’s senior director of baseball operations and earlier the director of Minor League administration.

He joined the Astros in 1998 as a baseball operations assistant.

“I really enjoyed my time there and am proud of the contributions I’ve made over the last 14 years,” Gottfried said. They’ve decided to go in another direction and I’m looking forward to my next opportunity.”

Gottfried’s departure is the latest in a series of front office moves by the Astros that included assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck and director of professional scouting Ricky Bennett not having their contracts renewed.

Prior to joining the Astros, Gottfried spent five years with the Oakland A’s Class A affiliate in Modesto, Calif., serving as GM for two years. He also worked for the Arizona Fall League.

New GM will come after Winter Meetings

The Astros won’t have a new general manager in place until after the Winter Meetings, which get underway Monday in Dallas.

Assistant general manager David Gottfried, who has assumed the role of general manager until a full-time replacement can be found, said Monday he was told by team president and CEO George Postolos he would remain as interim GM through at least the Winter Meetings.

“George indicated yesterday it would be through the Winter Meetings, and he didn’t indicate how far beyond and I didn’t ask,” Gottfried said.

The Astros are searching for a new GM after Ed Wade was dismissed following four-plus seasons on the job. New owner Jim Crane and Postolos will have plenty of opportunities to interview potential candidates at the Winter Meetings, when front-office executives from every team will be in attendance.

Postolos, who wasn’t available for comment Monday and hasn’t laid out a timetable for finding a GM, did contact manager Brad Mills to address rumors his job status was in question. Mills is under contract through 2012 with a club option for 2013 and no change is imminent.

“There was some speculation out there [Sunday] night and I think that was all premature and not accurate,” Gottfried said. “George reached out to Millsie personally to make him aware.”

Gottfried, who’s been with the club for 13 years, including five as assistant GM, said the club’s goal remains the same in the wake of the dismissal of Wade and long-time president of baseball operations Tal Smith.

“We’re just going to continue to load up the farm system as best we can,” he said. “Certainly, in all my conversations with George, he wants to get good and stay good for a long time and believes, like many people, the best way to do that is with a strong farm system.”

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