Orioles reportedly add to FO

The Orioles front office has reportedly added another member, as several media outlets claimed longtime baseball executive Lee Thomas has reached an agreement to join Dan Duquette’s staff as a special assistant.

Duquette, on a teleconference announcing the trade for catcher Taylor Teagarden early Thursday evening, declined comment on the reports.

“I don’t have any comment on any staff additions,” said Duquette, who was named the executive vice president of baseball operations last month.

The Orioles will almost assuredly announce some movement in their front office in the coming weeks with the departure of director of baseball operations Matt Klentak –who is currently the assistant general manager in Anaheim — and reassignment of director of pro scouting Lee MacPhail just the beginning of the organizational changes. Duquette, who has announced only the hiring of amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich so far, has said that he would like for most of his staff to be in place by the end of next week’s Winter Meetings.

Thomas served as the Phillies GM from 1988-97 and was an American League All-Star as a player. After he was replaced in Philadelphia, Thomas returned to the Red Sox as a special assistant to Duquette –who was GM until 2002– from 1998-‘03. CBS Sports first reported that Thomas was a possibility, with MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal –citing an unnamed source — reporting that an agreement was in place.

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