According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava is in Baltimore today to meet with Orioles owner Peter Angelos in the next step of his consideration for the club’s GM position.
I took a look at LaCava’s situation with Baltimore on Friday, speculating that even though it’s rare GM positions become available and that it could hinder his future consderation for one if he declined, who says that LaCava will accept the job if he was offered it? He’d have quite the list of things to do if he did seeing as, for starters, the O’s haven’t had a winning record in 14 years and their pitching staff had a MLB-worst 4.89 ERA in 2011.
It was thought that LaCava was considered to be the favorite for the position after the Angels hired Jerry DiPoto, another one of Baltimore’s candidates, as their GM. But Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reiterated his previous statement, that nothing is ever official with the Orioles until it is official, on the Orioles Insider blog today.
“Dipoto being the favorite was simply speculation. I’ve been told by people who know a little better than I do, that although Dipoto was highly considered, he wasn’t necessarily the leader in the clubhouse for the job,” Connolly mentions in the article. “In fact, I am getting the sense that it’s very possible LaCava – or maybe someone else – would be offered the position even if Dipoto were still available.”
Speaking of The Baltimore Sun, Connolly’s colleague Peter Shmuck added more on LaCava and the club’s GM search about an hour ago:
“The Orioles are not expected to do a second round of interviews, so the fact that LaCava is back almost certainly means that he and the ownership component of the search committee are discussing the conditions of his employment. It doesn’t mean, however, that he has been offered the job officially or will accept it.”