GM update 2; Baird out, Duquette a serious candidate; Oppenheimer in mix
Here’s as much as I know about the Orioles’ GM search.
Dan Duquette, the former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos’ GM, interviewed Friday. My sense is that he is a serious candidate for this position based on his track record and experience.
He’s been out of big-league circles since 2002, but he also was interviewed by the Los Angeles Angels this winter for the GM job that ultimately went to Jerry Dipoto, the first candidate that the Orioles interviewed for their vacant post.
Duquette, 53, obviously wants back into the majors and the Orioles want somebody with a strong scouting and development background that, frankly, does not have a better job to run back to. It is starting to seem to me that this could be a real fit – but I’m officially out of the prediction business.
Duquette was the sixth candidate interviewed – only three remain -- and the Orioles could talk to one more: New York Yankees’ vice president Damon Oppenheimer.
They wanted to talk to Boston Red Sox vice president Allard Baird, but he issued a statement Friday saying he declined the interview due to loyalty to the Red Sox and new GM Ben Cherington.
They also had interest in Minnesota Twins’ vice president Mike Radcliff, but have been denied permission. MASNsports.com first reported the Twins’ denial.
Right now, there are no interviews scheduled for this weekend. They’ll have to be scheduled soon, because the Orioles would like to wrap up this process by next week. It’s possible they already have their man – which could be Duquette or their other remaining candidates, Philadelphia Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock or current Orioles player development director John Stockstill.
If I were a betting man -- and by now, this search would have cost me my house -- I'd say the Orioles make an offer to Duquette unless Oppenheimer blows them away in his interview.
At this point, the Orioles have not asked permission to talk to anyone else and have no plans to do so.