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Jerry Dipoto looks like the favorite for Orioles’ GM job

Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

Jerry DiPoto

Jerry Dipoto of the Diamondbacks and Tony LaCava of the Blue Jays are the two general manager candidates who’ve already interviewed with the Orioles and a third candidate, Dan Jennings, likely won’t be allowed to interview because the Marlins blocked the request.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun believes Dipoto is the current favorite to land the job, although for now that seems more based in speculation and connecting the dots than any inside information.

Dipoto is currently Arizona’s senior vice president of scouting and player development and previously served as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM last year, pulling the trigger on trades that sent Dan Haren to the Angels and Edwin Jackson to the White Sox. Before that the 43-year-old spent eight seasons in the majors as a reliever for the Indians, Mets, and Rockies.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    So if Dipoto had a choice between Anaheim or Baltimore, which job would he chose?

    • Panda Claus - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      Baltimore. Assuming Friedman takes the job he really wants in Anaheim.

    • DJ MC - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      Connolly makes a good point that, while most people would probably consider the Angels the better place to go, they have their own warts along with the Orioles.

      Each has a manager that seems to want to call the shots. Each has an owner with a history of hands-on management (though that’s about where the similarities between Peter Angelos and Arte Moreno end). The Angels also have several large contracts, including that abomination of a Vernon Wells contract. The Orioles can be molded to what the new GM wants (within the confines of Angelos and possibly Showalter), while the Angels are essentially a completed team.

      I don’t know if that is enough to draw a GM candidate that has other offers, but it is something to think about.

  2. stinkfist5 - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    NO! Get Freidman or Jennings!

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