By Sam Bush

According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, the Phillies have now interviewed at least three candidates from outside their organization for the job of president, currently held by the invisible Andy MacPhail.

One was former Marlins president of baseball ops Michael Hill, who sources said was interviewed Wednesday. There are strong indications that Josh Byrnes, the Dodgers’ senior VP of baseball operations, also met with the Phillies this week.

The names of the other candidates interviewed aren’t currently known. But one name you can scratch off their list is the biggest candidate of all, Theo Epstein.

Sources who have spoken with Epstein told The Athletic

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 that the Phillies’ managing partner, John Middleton, made contact with the outgoing Cubs president of baseball ops. But the Phillies were informed that Epstein isn’t interested in the job at this time. As expected, Epstein intends to step away from the front-office grind for at least a year.

Through a spokesperson, Middleton again declined comment. But as his search widens for candidates to head a revamped front office following the decision to “reassign” GM Matt Klentak last month, other clubs now have a more clear