Former Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel is getting plenty of attention from teams with managerial vacancies.
Samuel, who guided the Orioles to a 17-34 record this season after he replaced the fired Dave Trembley, will likely interview for both the Pittsburgh Pirates' and Milwaukee Brewers' managerial jobs. Those became vacant when John Russell and Ken Macha were let go.
Neither interview has been set up, but Samuel has had discussions with both clubs about his interest in the jobs. It's possible he'll also interview for the Toronto Blue Jays' managerial vacancy as he has a close relationship with several people in the organization, including former manager Cito Gaston, who has expressed hope that Samuel gets a managing opportunity somewhere.
Samuel has completed his review of the Orioles' Dominican Republic operations, so he is a free agent of sorts. Even if he doesn't get a managerial job, he should have plenty of coaching options as the three-time All-Star is one of the most respected baseball men in the game.
Four minor leaguers go free
The Orioles announced that four minor leaguers have elected free agency.
Infielder Scott Moore, first baseman Michael Aubrey and relievers Cla Meredith and Alberto Castillo are now free to sign elsewhere. They could always come back if they can't find a better deal.
All four were taken off the 40-man roster in the past year. None was in the club's primary plans for 2011.