Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager and head of player development DeJon Watson has been granted permission to interview with the Baltimore Orioles for their vacant general manager position, according to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles.â†µ
With only a week left at most in the baseball season, the hot stove season is nearly upon us. Having a front office in place is a priority for both Baltimore and the Los Angeles Angels, both searching for a GM. The Angels have a number of candidates on the radar, as do the Orioles. Thursday in the Baltimore Sun, Dan Connolly speculated that no matter how many candidates the Orioles interviewed their GM job would come down to Jerry DiPoto and Tony LaCava.â†µ
Not that the interview won't be a good opportunity for Watson. At the very least, it will be practice for what will hopefully be future interviews and ultimately a GM job. Watson also interviewed last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks' GM job, which went to Kevin Towers.â†µ
Watson has been with the Dodgers for five years, including the last four as the head of player development. Before joining the Dodgers, Watson was director of pro scouting for the Cleveland Indians for three years (2004-2006) and the director of amateur scouting for the Cincinnati Reds for three years (1998-2000). He also was a pro scout for the Reds in 2001 and 2002.
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