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October 20, 2011

More on the GM search: Watson, Jennings, etc

Not a ton to update.

An industry source says the Orioles are expected to ask the Los Angeles Dodgers for permission Friday to interview assistant general manager De Jon Watson.

No interviews will be conducted Friday, so likely they won't have another interview until next week. It's believed they have not asked permission to talk to anyone else at this time.

It's expected the Orioles will interview at least four candidates before they finish the process. They have already talked to two: Arizona's Jerry Dipoto and Toronto's Tony LaCava.

Watson, 45, is in charge of Dodgers’ player development and was instrumental in the organization’s successful foray into Venezuela. He has scouted with the Florida Marlins and was a scouting director with the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. He interviewed last year for the Diamondbacks’ GM job – so it wouldn’t be the first time the Dodgers have allowed him to seek a promotion elsewhere.

The club learned officially Wednesday evening that permission had been denied by the Florida Marlins to talk to assistant general manager Dan Jennings. It was the fourth time that Jennings, who signed an eight-year extension with the Marlins four years ago, has been denied permission to talk with another club about a GM opening.

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