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October 31, 2011

Orioles close on LaCava?

Toronto Blue Jays executive Tony LaCava is back in town today to meet with Orioles owner Peter Angelos,according to a team source, which is a pretty solid indication that he's the preferred candidate to replace Andy MacPhail as the Orioles head of baseball operations.

The Orioles are not expected to do a second round of interviews, so the fact that LaCava is back almost certainly means that he and the ownership component of the search committee are discussing the conditions of his employment. It doesn't mean, however, that he has been offered the job officially or will accept it.

It's a complicated dance, since any high-quality candidate for this type of management position is going to want to know the limits of his authority as well as the size and length of his contract. The outside candidates who were summoned to Baltimore to interview for the position all are highly prized by their current organizations, so it's not fair to assume any of them would automatically accept the job if offered.

It probably is fair to assume that if the Orioles schedule a news conference for tomorrow to announce the new VP or president of baseball operations, it will be LaCava, but there has been no indication yet that the process is moving along quite that quickly.

LaCava's presence in Baltimore today was first reported on FoxSports.com.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 2:03 PM | | Comments (4)
        

Comments

There is no indication anything in Baltimore moves that quickly.

I can't believe the blogs aren't all over this. What team, in any sport, would let one month from the end of the season go by without filling there most important position besides perhaps field manager. Now with 2 days left before free agency they decide " they may interview other candidates"?

Let's face facts, Angelos has no interest in winning, One of several things could be happening now: 1. La Cava won't take the job without a commitment from PA to spend, 2. PA doesn't want to pay La Cava so he is either bluffing to negotiate or is actually looking for a cheaper candidate or 3. PA just wants a yes man, not someone with real ideas.

Whichever it is, O's fans get the shaft again. It's sad to see a great franchise destroyed by this ridiculous little man.

Dan

Just a guess, but would the reason for these interviews being dragged out be because MacPhail's contract didn't expire until October 31st?

If so, I can agree with you predicting a decision will be made this week.

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I doubt it. The overlap wouldnt have been much. And Andy was out of the office, for the most part, well before then.

Far be it from any one of us to understand what is really going on, but this seems so typical of PA. I swear, if Stockstill is named GM, I'm done with the team until there's a new owner. I've got better ways to spend my time and money than to watch this once proud organization lay yet another egg.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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