I’m certain that many of the criticisms aimed at Baltimore Orioles GM Andy MacPhail, would probably be more accurately targeted in the direction of owner Peter Angelos. However, part of an executive’s job is managing up, and often times part of those duties involve doing all you can to save your boss or the owner of the company from themselves.
There was also the small matter of MacPhail claiming that the Texas Rangers signing Alex Rodriguez to a ten year $252 million contract was the worst deal in baseball history, when Rodriguez’s play in Texas very clearly makes it one of the better free agent signings.
After yet another disappointing season in Baltimore, MacPhail announced last week that he would not be returning as the general manager of the Orioles, and today ESPN’s Buster Olney informs us that a list of candidates has already been selected by Baltimore management.
The candidates include current San Diego Padres vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes, who was formerly GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and former Houston Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker, who is currently the Tampa Bay Rays’ senior vice president of baseball operations. Additional candidates include former Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P Ricciardi (presently a special assistant to Mets GM Sandy Alderson), Texas Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, current Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava and Florida Marlins assistant GM Dan Jennings.
One of those names pops out as rather interesting to me. That, of course, is former Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi, whom, if I’m not mistaken, blamed several of his failings as general manager in Toronto on the difficulties of competing with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the American League East. However, considering Ricciardi’s history of overpaying for second tier free agents, he’d likely be a great fit in Baltimore.
Despite the allure of Ricciardi though, I expect Dan Jennings to have the inside track. There isn’t a job in baseball that prepares someone for working with a domineering and micromanaging owner quite like one in the front office of the Florida Marlins.