Orioles to interview Watson next week
The Orioles have received permission from the Los Angeles Dodgers to interview De Jon Watson for the club’s vacant top front office job, according to an industry source.
Watson will be the third candidate to be interviewed, but likely not the last. The Orioles may talk to a few more people, but it’s believed they have not asked permission to interview anyone else at this time.
The Orioles are expected to interview Watson, the Dodgers 45-year-old assistant general manager and player development director, early next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.
A California native and former minor leaguer in the Kansas City Royals organization, Watson has been both a scout and scouting director in his career and is given credit for the Dodgers’ successful foray into Venezuela. The Orioles’ system has never produced a Venezuelan major leaguer.
The Orioles have already interviewed Arizona senior vice president Jerry Dipoto and Toronto assistant general manager Tony LaCava, both highly experienced, highly respected baseball men with backgrounds in scouting and development.
Watson also fits that profile.