Free agency is underway for Major League Baseball and no one is calling the shots for the Baltimore Orioles. After Tony LaCava turned down Peter Angelos’ offer to work in Baltimore and instead opted to return to his assistant general manager job in Toronto, the Orioles began scrambling for a GM.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that De Jon Watson of the Dodgers and Orioles director of player development, John Stockstill, remain the team’s top targets. Nightmarish.
Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com added a name to Rosenthal’s list, Scott Proefrock, assistant general manager for the Philadelphia Phillies and former O’s director of baseball administration, is expected to be interviewed. Kubatko also reports that the Orioles have also asked permission to interview Andrew Friedman of the Tampa Bay Rays, Mike Radcliff of the Minnesota Twins and Rick Hahn of the Chicago White Sox.
Seeing Andrew Friedman’s name on this list is almost as funny as seeing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols to Baltimore rumors. Friedman is one of the masterminds behind the Rays rise to prominence and a highly sought after baseball executive. The chance of him leaving Tampa Bay to come to Baltimore are about the same as my chances of hitting the Power Ball. But the Orioles, and me for that matter, might as well try.
Kubatko also suggests that the Orioles could reach out to the A’s for David Frost or the Rangers for A.J. Preller and Thad Levine. Of those realistic candidates, Levine, the Rangers assistant general manager, is my favorite candidate. Hopefully the O’s make their decision soon.