Orioles close to naming Buck Showalter as manager?

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Orioles are negotiating with Buck Showalter for their vacancy at manager and appear to be close to a deal.

The O’s cut ties with Dave Trembley in early June after he led the club to a 15-39 start.  Juan Samuel was named as interim manager and has done a fine job, going 13-20 with little firepower in baseball’s toughest division.

Former Indians manager Eric Wedge was also interviewed for the opening and apparently impressed some of the Orioles’ higher-ups, but Showalter, a current analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, must have impressed them more.  Showalter has managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers for parts of 11 seasons and has a 1716-882 lifetime record.

Rosenthal says Showalter could take over for Samuel by Thursday, when the All-Star break concludes.