Orioles, Showalter Close To Terms

SATURDAY: MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli confirms that the Orioles will not announce any managerial moves this weekend (via Twitter).

TUESDAY: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun assures his readers that Showalter will not be named Orioles manager this weekend.

MONDAY: Ed Price of AOL FanHouse hears from a source who expects Showalter to take over this weekend.

SUNDAY: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Orioles are "close to terms" with managerial candidate Buck Showalter. According to Rosenthal's sources, Showalter will be in uniform sometime after the All-Star Game. An official announcement will also be held until after the All-Star Break, according to Rosenthal's second tweet.

However, the O's have yet to make an offer to Showalter, writes Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Juan Samuel will manage the team Friday after the All-Star Break, but Showalter could receive an offer in the near future.

Earlier today, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Orioles met with Showalter again this weekend, and that he was the "heavy favorite" to be the O's next manager. The consensus for the past few weeks has been that either Showalter or former Cleveland skipper Eric Wedge would eventually be Dave Trembley's replacement, after Trembley was fired on June 4. Last week, we learned that Showalter had become the favorite.

Showalter has managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Rangers over parts of 11 seasons. He owns an 882-833 career record as a Major League manager and was the AL Manager of the Year with the Yankees during the strike-shortened 1994 season.


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