We speculated it yesterday and today a source confirmed to CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler that Orioles owner Peter Angelos refused to offer full executive control to Tony LaCava in his interview for the Orioles general manager position.
As you’ve heard multiple times, LaCava opted to remain the assistant general manager behind Alex Anthopoulos in Toronto and the Orioles remain without a GM with free agency underway.
“LaCava wanted to clear out some long-term front-office people whose jobs have been protected by Angelos,” Knobler writes. “Angelos refused to do that, even though he was willing to pay LaCava a competitive salary and to bring in other front-office people that LaCava wanted to hire (including Mike Berger, currently the director of pro scouting with the Diamondbacks).”
With this knowledge, no big name general manager will be willing to take on the duties in Baltimore. It makes the news of the Orioles reaching out to Andrew Friedman in Tampa Bay even more laughable.