There is still not much known about which role Buck Showalter will have with the club next season. He could stay on as the manager for 2012, or he could move into an executive role as GM. Let’s take a look at all the possibilities by rounding up the latest chatter:
- Buck Showalter remains the leading candidate for the O’s GM job, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
- If Showalter takes the GM position, the Orioles would obviously be in need of a new manager. The only rumored names so far are John Russell, and Willie Randolph, and not Terry Francona, according to Connolly .
- Showalter could also choose to stay as the manager of the Orioles, and MASN’s Steve Melewski believes he should.
- If Showalter chose to stay manager, he would surely have a say in who the next GM is, according to Connolly. The belief is that they would be looking for someone who excels in scouting and development, which makes sense considering the Orioles inefficiencies in those areas. Connolly also shared some rumored names supposedly being considered:
- Jerry Dipoto, Senior Vice President, Diamondbacks
- Gerry Hunsicker, Senior VP, Rays
- Dan Jennings, Assistant General Manager, Marlins
- Wayne Krivsky, Former Special Assistant to GM, Mets
- Tony LaCava, Assistant GM, Blue Jays
- Damon Oppenheimer, Scouting Director, Yankees
- A.J. Preller, Senior Director of Player Personnel, Rangers
- Scott Proefrock, Assistant GM, Phillies
- J.P. Ricciardi, Special Assistant to GM, Mets
- Scott Servais, Senior Director of Player Development, Rangers
A few other speculative candidates from within the organization are John Stockstill (Player Development), Joe Jordan (Amateur Scouting Director), and Matt Klentak, (Baseball Operations Director), although all three of these candidates are most likely out of the picture, according to Connolly.
John Hart, who was rumored as a candidate due to his past ties with Showalter, is not a candidate, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Regardless of where Buck Showalter ends up, it seems as if Andy MacPhail is a lock to be out of the GM role. However, Peter Angelos apparently wants him to stay within the organization in an advisory role, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Hopefully sooner rather than later, we will have a grasp on the direction the Orioles are going.