Connor official

There’s a few graphs up on the Orioles site, but I wanted to take a quick break from my NFL-watching to update you all on Mark Connor, who has agreed to terms with the O’s and will be the team’s pitching coach.

Multiple sources confirmed the long-speculated move this afternoon and the Baltimore Sun first reported that there was an agreement in place on its website.

I’ve heard nothing but good things from industry sources regarding Connor, who has a wealth of experience and has worked closely with manager Buck Showalter in each of his previous stops. For more on Connor, you can follow this link to my story from last week regarding Rick Kranitz’s departure.

The move leaves two spots still up for grabs, with bench coach the big hole. Former interim manager Juan Samuel is still the leading candidate to be third base coach although he has yet to agree contractually with the team.

The organization just wrapped organizational meetings and are preparing for several different scenarios –both at the Major and Minor League level — depending on how the coaching staff shakes out. For example, there’s a chance a guy like Gary Allenson stays at the Major League level as third base coach if Samuel falls through, or he could return to manage Triple-A Norfolk. Showalter, who has not commented on any member of his staff during this process, calls the constant state of flux “moving parts”. Locking up Connor erases one of those parts.

While the O’s are understandably keeping the topics in Arizona under wraps, it’s safe to say it was more than merely evaluating last season and their system. The Os are in full offseason mode and as expected have been geared toward next season for quite a while. 

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