Dempsey headed to broadcasting

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Coach to leave O's for TV team at MASN

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December 16, 2006|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter

After spending the past five seasons on the Orioles' coaching staff, Rick Dempsey is apparently ready for a new challenge.

Dempsey, who had been in line to be the team's bullpen coach in 2007, now is expected to take a broadcasting job with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, where the fan favorite would be on the Orioles' pre- and post-game shows and provide color commentary for certain games.

Though a final deal hasn't been reached, several sources confirmed that it could happen soon. MASN has yet to announce the Orioles' broadcast team for 2007.

Dempsey, 57, was an analyst for Comcast SportsNet in 2000, but was hired to the Orioles' coaching staff the next season. He did not return calls last night.

Manager Sam Perlozzo said he had spoken to Dempsey recently, but he declined to comment because he wasn't sure of the details.

If Dempsey leaves for the broadcast booth, Dave Trembley, who was hired in October as the major league field coordinator, is expected to become bullpen coach.

Williams on radar

Todd Williams' days as an Oriole might not be numbered after all. The Orioles did not tender a contract to the pitcher this week, making the 35-year-old a free agent. However, the Orioles have had discussions with Tom O'Connell, Williams' agent.

"We're definitely entertaining him going back to Baltimore," O'Connell said. "We are in preliminary discussions, but there is mutual interest."

Williams went 2-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 2006, making a team-high 62 appearances. However, he never appeared to work himself back into shape after missing most of the spring and the first 26 days of the season with a sore shoulder. O'Connell said there has been plenty of interest in his client, who made $775,000 last year and would likely get only a modest raise to stay here.

No match for Thames

The Orioles remain interested in Detroit Tigers outfielder Marcus Thames, though they have struck out in finding another team that would facilitate a deal. The Tigers are seeking a young left-handed-hitting outfielder or a left-handed reliever and the Orioles don't have a fit, meaning a three-way deal is needed.

The Orioles nearly found a match with the Houston Astros, who had interest in starter Rodrigo Lopez, and would have sent outfielder Luke Scott to Detroit. However, the Astros traded center fielder Willy Taveras to get Colorado Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings and they are not interested in moving another outfielder.

It also appeared Washington could help by sending Ryan Church to Detroit, but the Nationals wanted one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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