Orioles to interview Watson on Wednesday
The Orioles will interview their third candidate for the open general manager’s spot Wednesday.
De Jon Watson, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 45-year-old assistant GM and player development director, will meet with the interview committee in Baltimore on Wednesday.
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.
Watson also served as the Cleveland Indians' pro scouting director from 2004 to 2006 and the Cincinnati Reds' scouting director from 1998 to 2000. He drafted Adam Dunn, now with the Chicago White Sox, among others.
The club’s search committee has already interviewed Arizona senior vice president Jerry Dipoto and Toronto assistant general manager Tony LaCava. All three candidates are highly experienced, highly respected baseball men with backgrounds in scouting and development – which has become the obvious focus of the Orioles’ search.
It is expected Watson will not be the last to interview, though it’s unclear whether the Orioles have contacted any other club to seek permission.