Phillies interview O's Joe Jordan for player-development job
Orioles amateur scouting director Joe Jordan interviewed this week with the Philadelphia Phillies for their vacant director of player-development position, according to an industry source.
The Phillies asked for and were granted permission to interview Jordan. According to baseball protocol, they have a short window to decide whether they want to hire Jordan.
Jordan declined to comment when reached by The Baltimore Sun ton Tuesday.
Jordan, 49, was hired by the Orioles in November 2004, replacing Tony DeMacio. He is responsible for drafting several of the players who make up the Orioles’ young nucleus, including catcher Matt Wieters and starters Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton.
Shortstop Manny Machado, whom Jordan selected out of Brito High in Miami with the third overall pick in 2010, is considered one of the game’s best prospects. Right-handed starter Dylan Bundy, whom Jordan took fourth overall in June out of an Oklahoma high school, then signed to a $6.25 million major league deal, was viewed by some as the most talented player in the 2011 draft.
However, Jordan, who has been the subject of more and more criticism because of the organization’s alarming lack of depth and dearth of position prospects, has also had his share of high-profile misses, none bigger than the selection of New Jersey prep infielder Billy Rowell with the ninth overall pick in 2006.
Jordan’s contract with the Orioles expires in December, and there is uncertainty in the front office now that Andy MacPhail has stepped down as president of baseball operations.
If Jordan is hired, he would be the second executive to leave for Philadelphia in recent years. Scott Proefrock, the Orioles' baseball administration director, left for the Phillies before the 2009 season to become assistant general manager. Proefrock is considered a potential candidate for the Orioles’ vacant GM/president job.
The Phillies have been looking to fill the player-development position since assistant general manager for development Chuck LaMar resigned last month.