More GM notes (Updated)
Update 9:12 p.m. ET: The Orioles have requested, and been granted, permission to interview Red Sox executive Allard Baird. Baird is the former Royals GM who was one of Theo Epstein’s top advisors. Given Epstein’s departure for Chicago, Baird could be looking for a new opportunity and he’s familiar with working in a smaller market (ie budget) given his time in Kansas City. A longtime admirer of Showalter, Baird’s got the background in player development and scouting the Orioles crave for a future GM.
As of Thursday night, no formal interview has been scheduled. But things could change in a hurry. Stay tuned.
So the Orioles interviewed Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock this morning in Baltimore and former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette is slated for Friday. They will bring in at least one or two more candidates this weekend and ideally would like to have made a decision and have this whole process over with by Monday.
So who is on the list?
They’re pretty high on the Yankees’ scouting director Damon Oppenheimer and are waiting back to hear on permission. Ditto from the Twins in regards to vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff. Those are two guys to watch for, and there could be another name or two brought in this weekend. Keep in mind manager Buck Showalter has Yankee ties, and another name rumored by a few others has been New York’s Billy Eppler.
Who can you cross off?
The Rays’ Andrew Friedman and Chicago’s Rick Hahn both turned down interview requests, which was to be expected. Other heavily rumored names you can cross off the list are the Rangers executives Thad Levine and A.J. Preller. I was told there’s some sort of freeze where the Orioles couldn’t even ask permission to talk to them until Nov. 15.
What about John Stockstill and De Jon Watson?
I’ve said it before, but both are long shots to get the gig. If the Orioles were that high on them before, they would have avoided this whole second round of interviews.
UPDATE: Watson has reportedly pulled his name out of contention. So the Orioles have just two candidates that have interviewed: Stockstill and Proefrock.