The search for a new Orioles general manager will extend at least into the early part of next week, when owner Peter Angelos is expected to announce that either former Detroit Tigers GM Joe Klein or ex-Montreal Expos GM Kevin Malone will take over the day-to-day operation of the team.
That announcement was expected today, but Orioles sources indicated the decision had been delayed -- perhaps while final contract terms are being negotiated.
Player development director Syd Thrift represented the club at the general managers meetings in Arizona earlier this week, but he is not considered a candidate for the job. Angelos has been
very deliberate in the selection process -- in
terviewing a long list of candidates before narrowing the field -- but he cannot afford to wait much longer to put someone in place.
The free-agent market is open and a variety of player personnel decisions will have to be made in the next several weeks. The Orioles must submit their 40-man roster on Tuesday for the upcoming Rule V draft and the club will face two important deadlines in December.
Whoever the new GM turns out to be, he'll need time to get familiar with the club's personnel before deciding what free agents will be offered arbitration on Dec. 7 and which players will be tendered contracts on Dec. 20.