Bob Nightengale of USA Today was told by two “high-ranking Orioles officials” that Andy MacPhail plans to walk away from the Orioles at the end of the season. MacPhail, who was hired as president of baseball operations in June of 2007, is currently in the final year of his contract.
Nightengale hears that several replacements have been discussed internally, including Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, whose contract also expires at the end of the season.
Many believe Orioles manager Buck Showalter will end up in a front office position down the road, but he told Nightengale that he is not interested in the general manager job. However, he has grown close with owner Peter Angelos and should play a significant role in deciding on a replacement.
As for MacPhail’s future, many have floated his name in the past as a potential successor to commissioner Bud Selig.