HOUSTON -- Bill Geivett, the senior vice president of scouting and player development/assistant general manager of the Colorado Rockies, has emerged as a candidate for the Astros' vacant general manager position.

The Astros have been given permission to interview Geivett, a Major League Baseball source confirmed to MLB.com on Thursday. Houston is trying to fill its GM spot that became open when Ed Wade was dismissed last week after four-plus years.

The Astros asked for and received permission earlier this week to interview Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, but Levine issued a statement through the Rangers that he was taking himself out of the running for the position. Houston has also contacted Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations and Houston native Andrew Friedman, but it's not known if he'll interview.

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 1998, most recently as assistant GM.

Geivett is the former special assistant to the GM with 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).