Dodgers to offer GM job to Malone Lucrative contract expected to lure O's assistant GM to L.A.

September 11, 1998|By Joe Strauss | Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF

Considered the front-runner to succeed Pat Gillick as Orioles general manager, assistant general manager Kevin Malone today will be offered a contract to serve as general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to sources familiar with negotiations.

The offer will be made three days after Malone interviewed for a second time with Dodgers officials, including Chase Carey and Peter Chernin, co-chief operation officers of News Corp, the parent company of the Fox Group which owns the Dodgers. Florida Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski, once considered the leading choice as Dodgers GM, signed a five-year contract to remain in Florida earlier this week, thereby refocusing the search on Malone. The Dodgers are prepared to top Dombrowski's $750,000 per year deal.

Determined to name a successor to acting general manager Tommy Lasorda by the middle of next week, the Dodgers hope to receive an answer quickly and schedule an announcement for as early as Monday, a club source said.

Malone could not be reached for comment.

Regarded as one of the game's most talented young minds, Malone, 41, served as Montreal Expos general manager in 1994-95. Under his watch, the Expos compiled the majors' best record in 1994 before the players' strike wiped out the season. He later resigned because of conflicting philosophies with cost-cutting ownership.

Since being named assistant to Gillick, Malone has served as an advocate for player development as well as a liaison between Angelos and player agents, a role he performed effectively in signing pitchers Mike Mussina and Scott Erickson the past two seasons. He has continued to perform the role this season as the Orioles address a crush of pending free agents.

Malone has worked without a contract since last December, a condition that confused many within the organization. Because of that, Malone has retained a permanent residence in Florida while shuttling to Baltimore. Unsure of his status, his family never moved here.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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