The Yankees have given permission for assistant GM Billy Eppler to be interviewed by the Padres for San Diego's open general manager job.

Eppler's official inclusion in the derby brings to seven the number of candidates known to currently be under serious consideration.

In addition to Eppler and two current Padres executives -- assistant GM A.J. Hinch and senior VP Omar Minaya -- who will receive consideration, the list of those who have received interviews or will interview includes ex-Marlins GM Larry Beinfest, Dodgers scouting director Logan White, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller.

Beinfest and White have interviewed already, the Padres announced, with the others due up in coming days.

Other names that have been mentioned in the media as possible candidates include Athletics assistant GMs David Forst and Farhan Zaidi, Cardinals assistant GM Michael Girsch, Braves assistant GM John Coppolella, Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine and Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer.