Manager Buck Showalter flew to Baltimore on Wednesday and met with owner Peter Angelos and other front office personnel to discuss possible candidates for the position. Now, club officials must get permission from the current employers of some of those candidates before setting up formal interviews. That process almost certainly is under way.
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It's a diverse cross section of front office talent, and the selection process figures to be hard to handicap until the first round of interviews is complete. According to one source, the trick will be finding someone who has a personality that dovetails with that of both Angelos and Showalter while possessing a very strong background in scouting and player development.
The meeting took place just hours after the Philadelphia Phillies hired Orioles director of scouting Joe Jordan to be their director of player development. Jordan was well-liked in the Orioles' front office, but his departure might actually make the baseball operations job more attractive, since top executives usually prefer to choose their key lieutenants.
Showalter is expected to stay in Baltimore through the end of the week to finalize next year's coaching staff, but he has indicated that there will not be a major shakeup.
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