After it became apparent he would not be given the Baltimore Orioles general manager job, Los Angeles Dodgers head of player development DeJon Watson withdrew from consideration, reported Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated:
Dejon watson pulled his name out of running for o's gm. I don't blame him either. Very qualified. Deserved better.
Watson was one of four candidates to interview with the Orioles, along with Jerry Diptot, Tony LaCava, and John Stocksill. Dipoto was hired by the Los Angeles Angels as their new GM, and Baltimore offered the GM job to LaCava, the assistant GM with the Toronto Blue Jays. LaCava turned down the Orioles, leaving only Watson and Stocksill, the head of player development in Baltimore.
Instead of Watson being in a stronger position with fewer candidates, the Orioles expanded their search to include at least four more candidates. Seeing the writing on the wall, it's only natural that Watson felt he wasn't going to get the job in Baltimore.
Watson, who has been with the Dodgers for the last five seasons, also interviewed for the Arizona Diamondbacks GM opening last year, a job that eventually went to Kevin Towers.
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