This will eventually prove to be a busy off-season for the Baltimore Orioles given their need to fill several roles in the front office. However, the Orioles remain quiet in their search for a new President while the Reds and Angels both hired new managers on Monday
We know the Orioles will make a move, presumably sooner than later, but with the Reds and Angels both signing new managers on Monday afternoon we can’t help but want the Orioles to pick up the pace, or provide some transparency in their search.
We know that the Orioles aren’t currently interviewing managerial candidates; they’ll deal with that after they hire a new President. We don’t know when that will be but the Orioles can’t afford another month of indecision; there isn’t enough time.
The winter meetings are right around the corner and it seems beneficial to get the new front office hired and in place with time familiarize themselves with the organization before heading out to Las Vegas in early December.
I don’t know where the ownership group stands regarding the interview process; seemingly nobody in the media does either. But once the new President is hired, they will still need to fill the GM and Manager roles. The longer they wait, the worse off the Orioles will be.
We’re assuming that Director of Player Development and interim-GM Brian Graham won’t be leading the rebuild in Baltimore. But without knowing who will lead the Orioles rebuild on the inside, we can’t say who’ll be leading it on the outside.
There’s no way to know who’ll be on the short-list of managerial candidates for the 2019 Orioles without knowing who the President and GM are. And other organizations certainly aren’t waiting to fill open positions.
The Cincinnati Reds inked David Bell, former San Francisco Giants VP of player development to a three-year contract on Monday.
Likewise, the Los Angeles Angels signed former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to a three-year deal as well.
I don’t think either would’ve been a great fit in Baltimore. The Orioles will need someone who can focus on player development and find a way to get the most out of the young guys on the roster, as it’ll be a while before the Orioles are truly competitive again.
But the longer the Orioles wait to hire a President, the longer they’ll wait for a GM and similarly a new manager.
Yes, we want the Orioles to take their time here and ensure that the decision made is the right one but we’ve heard nothing from the front office about the search. The longer we go without news on the subject, the more frustrated we’re likely to become.
It’s futile to speculate on who the Orioles will hire but until they make a decision, we’ll be waiting here impatiently.