Next! The Orioles ask permission to interview Allard Baird for their GM job

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It was Andy Warhol who said that, in the future, everyone will interview for the Orioles GM job for 15 minutes. He could paint a little too. Anyway:

The Baltimore Orioles have asked permission to speak to Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird about their general manager vacancy.

Baird had a pretty disastrous run as the Royals’ GM several years ago but has been in Boston for a long time now and is very well respected in front offices around the game. He’d probably be a good hire for the O’s.

However, as we have chronicled here, here, here, here and here, the Orioles are having a difficult time finding someone who wants to run their team.  Probably because whoever takes the GM job realizes that they wouldn’t be running the team. Peter Angelos and his faceless minions scattered around the front office would. And then there’s Buck Showalter down below who probably has his own ideas about personnel and the like.

Where does it go from here?  Well, if Baird begs out like several others before him, one has to wonder if Angelos wouldn’t be better off just giving the job to Showalter.  Because at this point it looks like people outside of the organization are avoiding Baltimore like it’s radioactive.

Wilson Ramos could join Phillies on Wednesday

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Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos could join the team in Wednesday for the last game of the club’s two-game set against the Red Sox, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Manager Gabe Kapler said, “Nothing is off the table.”

Ramos has been on a rehab assignment with Advanced-A Clearwater, recovering from a strained left hamstring he suffered just ahead of the All-Star break when he was with the Rays. The Phillies acquired him on July 31 prior to the non-waiver trade deadline for a player to be named later.

Prior to the injury, Ramos was batting a healthy .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 315 plate appearances. His arrival will likely mean back-up catcher Andrew Knapp gets sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ramos could also draw the lion’s share of the playing time behind the plate, bumping first-string catcher Jorge Alfaro down on the depth chart.