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Tony LaCava “very likely” to be Orioles’ new general manager

Oct 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Shortly after news of the Angels deciding on Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager Jon Heyman of reports that current Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava is “very likely” to be named the Orioles’ next GM.

Dipoto and LaCava both interviewed with Baltimore and Heyman speculates that Dipoto talking to the Orioles may have forced the Angels’ hand somewhat, at least in terms of making a quick decision.

LaCava has been with the Blue Jays since 2003, sticking around through multiple front office regimes, and oversees the team’s farm system and Latin American operations.

He previously worked for the Indians and was credited with being a big part of the trade that sent Bartolo Colon to the Expos for Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, and Lee Stevens in mid-2002.

  1. Panda Claus - Oct 28, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Don’t underestimate the ability of the Orioles to mess this up.

    With the Dipoto option being removed for them, they have interviewed two other candidates (Watson, Stockstill). Neither of those other two appear to be the favorite, but don’t rule out one of those guys having an overwhelming interview.

    Competitively speaking, taking good people from your division rivals seems like a win-win strategy though.

  2. stinkfist5 - Oct 28, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Yea…They should be taking Freidman, not LaCava.

    • randomdigits - Oct 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      If you are Freidman why on earth would you leave Tampa for Baltimore? I guarantee you Angelos isn’t going to hit him with a WOW offer.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

        I’ve heard no discussions of Friedman considering Baltimore.

      • stinkfist5 - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        Um…because Baltimore has much more potential. In Tampa he has no money to spend. Granted Tampa is in a better situation, but he’s going to have to wait to become the head honcho there. Angelos will actually throw some money around. He can build a team and beat his mentor…Any competitor would love that opportunity.

      • randomdigits - Oct 28, 2011 at 10:01 PM

        You don’t know Angelos’ history do you? He will spend, as long as its not too much money, he doesn’t think the big deals are worth it. He also got burned on Bell and he hasn’t forgotten that.

        He also won’t spend it on scouting, the draft or international talent, at least not to the degree the rest of the AL East will.

        However if you want to bring in relief pitchers or past their prime sluggers he is more then willing to cut those checks.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 28, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    No surprise. He has been interviewed by other teams in the past. It was only a matter of time before he became a GM. The Jays will miss him.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:50 PM

      Baltimore can put a decent team on the field; however, injuries and a disappointing pitching staff did them in. The young pitchers that they were counting on regressed. They will probably have to add a couple of mid level retreads to the staff next season, just to let the kids regain their confidence in the minors. If this team drafts well, and builds the farm system, they can eventually join the fun in the AL East.

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