The latest news on the Orioles' ongoing search for a General Manager.https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/11/latest-on-orioles-gm-search-3.html
There is a small group of executives leftover from Dan Duquette’s regime currently responsible for overseeing the roster moves in Baltimore this offseason. Foremost among the incumbents is Brian Graham, the director of player development, who currently handles the day-to-day operations as the interim GM. VP of baseball ops Brady Anderson and amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich are also present to weigh in on the offseason’s earliest action.
Curiously, Baltimore hasn’t settled on a job title for whomever fills the organization’s top spot. In and of itself this doesn’t mean much, but as the Athletic’s Dan Connolly pointed out in early October, there is a perplexing lack of clarity regarding division of labor moving forward. Brady Anderson, for one, has had significant negotiating responsibilities in the past, so his continued involvement is certainly notable, despite ownership’s claim that the new hire will have “final determination on all baseball matters”.
Here’s the latest on the Orioles search:
Latest Update – 11/3/2018
Along with the obvious goal of parsing what each candidate will bring to the role, the Orioles are also using the interview process to study other organizations, per Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun. They are hoping to glean how and why other organizations are run the way they are, how technology and player development can be used synergistically and how those organizations that invest heavily in analytics have managed the process – all good things to know, even if it does make it seem like the Orioles are writing a research paper instead of hiring a GM.
Where exactly they are in the hiring process is unclear, but a few names have begun to surface as possible candidates.
The following names are among those that reportedly have been or will be contacted about the position: Blue Jays baseball ops VP Ben Cherington, former Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, assistant general manager for the Oakland A’s Dan Kantrovitz, and Houston Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias.
Cherington might be the most notable of these names, as the former Red Sox GM has previously expressed interest in building an organization from scratch, and the Orioles would certainly check that box – at least from a major league talent perspective.
Colletti, meanwhile, has been in “consistent contact” with Orioles ownership. Way back on October 5th it was reported that Colletti had met with Orioles president John Angelos during the summer – but that meeting was before Duquette had been let go, and it remains unclear if Colletti’s discussions with ownership are at all related to a possible candidacy.
Cherington would be an excellent pick. I wonder why Chaim Bloom isn't on this list.