After being turned down by multiple candidates, the Orioles may have finally found someone willing to head their front office.
According to Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com, the Orioles are close to naming former Expos and Red Sox GM Dan Duquette as their new general manager.
Duquette interviewed for the job yesterday and is reportedly traveling back to Baltimore today in order to finalize a contract.
The Orioles offered the job to Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava earlier this week, but he opted to stay in Toronto. Jerry Dipoto, DeJon Watson and Allard Baird also spurned the O’s interest.
Duquette, now 53, hasn’t worked in MLB since he was fired by the Red Sox back way back in March of 2002, but interviewed for the Angels’ GM vacancy last month and is obviously itching to get back into the game. While he wasn’t the Orioles’ first choice, he has a solid background in scouting and player development, something the team was reportedly aiming for at the beginning of their search.
My only question is, would he bring Pedro Martinez with him again? Because that would be sweet.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.