LaCava Turns Down Orioles’ Offer

The Orioles offered Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava their general manager job and he turned the position down, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Instead, LaCava will remain Toronto's assistant GM and Baltimore will resume its search for Andy MacPhail's replacement.

The Orioles also interviewed director of player development John Stockstill and Dodgers assistant GM De Jon Watson for the job. Angels GM Jerry Dipoto had interviewed for the position before accepting his job in Anaheim.

The Blue Jays had been preparing for the possibility that LaCava would leave, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. There was major concern in Toronto that LaCava would bring personnel with him to Baltimore if he had accepted the job, according to Ghiroli. He explained his decision to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

“This was about the Toronto Blue Jays more than it is anything about the Baltimore Orioles," LaCava said. "The Orioles were classy in everything they did and I think they are going to go down the right path. For me, it was how much I love the Toronto Blue Jays and I really, really treasure my relationship with my general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, and I really want to see this through with him."

LaCava, Toronto's vice president of baseball operations and assistant General Manager, met with Orioles owner Peter Angelos yesterday. LaCava oversees player development and Latin American operations for the Blue Jays and has also worked for the Angels, Braves, Expos and Indians. He interviewed for GM jobs in Pittsburgh and Seattle in the past. For more on LaCava and Watson check out MLBTR's GM Candidate pieces.

A.J. Preller's name has come up in Baltimore, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (on Twitter). MLBTR's Tim Dierkes spoke with the Rangers executive in October.


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132 Comments on "LaCava Turns Down Orioles’ Offer"


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Shawn Ryu
3 years 8 months ago

Ouch, thats gotta hurt the O’s fans.

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Ben Graver
3 years 8 months ago

It does, but it wasn’t unexpected. This club constantly finds ways to screw things up.

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3 years 8 months ago

Doesn’t hurt when you were expecting it. This franchise is a joke. Worst owner in sports.

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0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Somewhere a Marlins fan is losing himself in a bottle of cheap bourbon while reading this comment.

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vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Somewhere indeed.  Let me know if you find a Marlins fan.

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0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

I think john silver’s a Marlins fan.

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danumd87
3 years 8 months ago

Are any of these twelve Marlins fans so foolish as to try to argue Angelos isn’t the worst owner in the game. Most have conceded this point for a good decade.

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Rabbitov
3 years 8 months ago

I disagree. It still hurts.  Being an Orioles fan is like staying in an abusive relationship with an ugly girlfriend who is a cage fighter with brain damage.  

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Steve_in_MA
3 years 8 months ago

So you’re an optimist then!

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Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 8 months ago

…and the fans don’t have the sense that it’s time to upgrade?

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AndyKeatts
3 years 8 months ago

I’d like to say you get numb to it. You don’t It always sucks to be an O’s fan. Long after things should stop hurting, they don’t.

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not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

I would venture to say that things start to hurt even more when each year passes with a lame-duck GM and a bunch of good-old-boys whose dads were good baseball men getting promoted through the organization.

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3 years 8 months ago

Better for the jays

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Jose_Bautista
3 years 8 months ago

and uh Better for the Jays

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

As a Jays fan, it is great news to hear that LaClava is not going to another AL East team.

Member
3 years 8 months ago

Sweet. The off-season starts off awesome for the Jays…

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chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Let me guess- you’re the number one Jays fan too.

LaClava wasn’t ever going anywhere…now LaCava on the other hand…

At least you spelled Jays correctly.  That’s better than “Angles” fans have been doing lately. 

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DoctorPayne
3 years 8 months ago

Must be a really terrible situation to turn down such a huge promotion.

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not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

You’ve heard of Peter Angelos, right?

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Yea…He’s really good at fattening his wallet, not so good at filling his seats

Member
3 years 8 months ago

Oh, it is. There are only so many positions like this in baseball. You know you run a joke of a franchise when you get turned down.

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Steve_in_MA
3 years 8 months ago

One can only imagine the talk that Angelos had with La Cava that led to this decision.  It had to be something along the lines of “Buck is going to have input on player decisions and I need a team player who can work with Buck on signings, drafting, etc.”  La Cava smartly said, nope.  I do all of that and Buck manages on the field, or its not me you want for this job.

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3 years 8 months ago

I’m pretty sure his meeting with Angelos likely scared him away. Who would want to be GM of that team with an owner who interferes too much and is unwilling to spend to help the team? I wouldn’t want that job either, not with him there.

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renegadeisback
3 years 8 months ago

LOL ORIOLES