MacPhail won't approach Angelos about extension
I wrote a story in today's paper about President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail's thoughts as the club heads into another important offesason.
MacPhail briefly discussed his own contract situation, something I'm pretty sure that we'll hear more and more about in the months ahead. MacPhail’s deal expires after the 2011 season and he said that he has no plans to approach owner Peter Angelos and discuss an extension.
“I don’t think it’s fair to put him in that position. The deal was the deal and we’ll talk about it, as far as I’m concerned, when it’s over,” MacPhail said.
As usual, MacPhail was elusive when asked about his future plans, and whether he'd like to work for the club beyond 2011. I don't read anything into that other than MacPhail doesn't feel it necessary or prudent to have the discussions about his future play out publicly.
“There is nothing about this job that I really dislike other than the fact that our record isn’t where I’d like it to be," he said. "I love the city, I love the franchise, I like the players. We’ve got some challenges. We’ve tried to address them one at a time and make the franchise better. The ownership has been great. He has done everything that he said that he would do. It’s just a matter of whether we can put this together.”
There has been some speculation that with John Angelos stepping back from the organization somewhat this year, MacPhail could move into his Executive Vice President role, and the Orioles could hire another president of baseball operations. But I've been given no indication that will happen.
Peter Angelos and MacPhail still have a very good relationship, and they've been speaking regularly about the offseason. And this is just my opinion, but I don't feel that MacPhail wants to move into a business-type position at this stage.