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"


Shawn Ryu
3 years 9 months ago

Ouch, thats gotta hurt the O’s fans.

Ben Graver
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

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

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

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

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

I think john silver’s a Marlins fan.

danumd87
3 years 9 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.

Rabbitov
3 years 9 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.  

Steve_in_MA
3 years 9 months ago

So you’re an optimist then!

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 9 months ago

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

AndyKeatts
3 years 9 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.

not_brooks
3 years 9 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.

3 years 9 months ago

Better for the jays

Jose_Bautista
3 years 9 months ago

and uh Better for the Jays

3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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

chico65
3 years 9 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. 

DoctorPayne
3 years 9 months ago

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

not_brooks
3 years 9 months ago

You’ve heard of Peter Angelos, right?

3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 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.

Steve_in_MA
3 years 9 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.

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.

renegadeisback
3 years 9 months ago

LOL ORIOLES

Anthony Polito
3 years 9 months ago

awesome

brendonkuhn
3 years 9 months ago

Showalter likely with too much control for Lcava’s liking, good for the Jays!

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

Bwahahaha

PghSportsNet
3 years 9 months ago

Angelos didn’t want to give Anthony the authority he needed to turn the Orioles around.  It’s a shame because he’s a great guy and given money/flexibility is going to be a great GM.

cyberboo
3 years 9 months ago

LaCava interviewed with Angelo’s and was told that Showalter controls the players on the field.  When it comes to Free agents, Angelo’s himself decides if he wants them on his team.  He then tells the GM to acquire them and if he has to spend more than anyone else to do it, write a blank check.  LaCava answered that he doesn’t see old timers or yesterday’s heroes as valuable for the team.  He wants to follow the proven method of building through youth and the draft, with free agents acquired when the team has a solid foundation.  Angelo’s answers, well you do it my way or you won’t have much authority in the office of GM.  LaCava then answers, thanks for your time and good luck with someone else.  I want to be in an organization that will continue to improve and will contend each year.  He doesn’t subscribe to the Riccardi school of signing anyone to big deals and watching them fail, handicapping not only his payroll, but also losing the interest of the fans that want to see a competitive team, not one that goes through the motions with big names of yesterday.  The men shake hands and LaCava returns to the Jays.  lol.  

kingoriole
3 years 9 months ago

This is a long post for complete conjecture.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

notsureifsrs said

stuck behind two goliaths, a david, and an aspiring titan in toronto – and stuck between peter angelos and buck showalter…as much as i’d love to be a GM, i don’t know if i’d want that job

nothing more to see here

parkvillain
3 years 9 months ago

what was the point of even talking? when are we going to get a break?  we’re down to stockstill and da jon.  baltimore has become buzz killigan’s island.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

 would you like to hear a story about a bridge?

JP
3 years 9 months ago

Wow.  This really says something about the Orioles (and the Jays, I guess) if LaCava is willing to turn down a GM job there to stay on as assistant in TO.  The guy is 50 – this could be his last shot at GM, for all he knows.

As a Jays fan, I’m very happy that our assistant GM isn’t going to an AL East rival.

3 years 9 months ago

Thank you LaCava! ( from a Jays fan

3 years 9 months ago

OriLOLes.

cookmeister
3 years 9 months ago

Reagins is still available guys 😉

NYPOTENCE
3 years 9 months ago

Everyone runs away!!!!

CAD_Monkey
3 years 9 months ago

LaCava stays and Reagins to the Orioles?

It’s Christmas in Canada!

3 years 9 months ago

Dont forget Sir JP Richardi!

parkvillain
3 years 9 months ago

angelos didn’t even show up for lacava’s first interview.  he has the tact of a chimp, the urgency of a slug and the pro baseball intuition of a, well, a guy who would rather be golfing.  he’s just… slimey. and embarrassing.  it’s seriously borderline masochistic to like the orioles. seriously, i feel like eeyore. or however you spell the donkey’s name from winnie the pooh.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

 and a jay fan, having had to deal with much of the same during what we now call the ‘dark period’ I completely sympathize with you.

parkvillain
3 years 9 months ago

dude, this is a dark epoch.  somehow we need to have a mutiny with the guy.  is that even possible–a good ol’ late 80’s hostile business takeover?

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

#occupycamden

BumWino
3 years 9 months ago

Great idea!  Back in the 1960s we often utilized “sit-ins” to defy the establishment and effect change.  That’s how you get things done.

When Baltimore’s finest bring in the paddy wagons, the attack dogs and the tear gas, strategically located protesters up in the stadium’s nose-bleed sections should pelt the  police officers with condoms bloated with urine.  This generally results in the police running amok, using excessive force, and losing all sympathy from the general public.  You know, when a BPD German Shepherd tears apart some 75-year-old grandmother who is sitting on second base, minding her own business, knitting mittens for her great-grandson.

You young fellows who missed the 60’s just haven’t lived.   

danumd87
3 years 9 months ago

I wish we could have only suffered like the Jays. We haven’t been good since 1996.

danumd87
3 years 9 months ago

I wish we could have only suffered like the Jays. We haven’t been good since 1996.

kingoriole
3 years 9 months ago

HA! Dark Period?
Let’s assume you DONT include Gord Ash’s time in with JP, since you guys were not THAT bad then.

01-09 = 9 years

>74 wins = 8 years
winning records = 4 years
one last place finish (three years of 4th or lower)
one cy young award
one year where you were within 7 games on Sept 1st (a playoff race).

Let’s look at the Orioles over the same 9 years.

>74 wins = 1 year
winning records = 0 years
two last place finishes (8 years of 4th or lower)
no awards
no playoff races (though one year where we were in first in late June)

I don’t think you can sympathize with us. Pity, maybe. But not sympathize. Not to mention the back-to-back world series that I’m sure you can actually even remember. Our lasting playoff memory of the last quarter century? Jeffrey Maier.

Thank god for Cal Ripken.

BumWino
3 years 9 months ago

Hello parkvillain

You’ll be okay.  Honest.  As a Jays fan since the early 1980s, I’ve experienced the similar frustrations to what you’re going through now.  Here are some suggestions which may help you maintain your psychological equilibrium through, lo, these seemingly endless years of excessive failure.

1.  Enrol in a high-level Anger Management program.
2.  Make a full confession regarding your Orioles’ obsession to your priest.  It doesn’t matter if you’re not Catholic.  He’ll listen to you, then try to convert you.  It’s very therapeutic. 
3.  Once a day, try to remember to thank the Almighty that you are only masochistic, and not delusional like Orioles’ fans who believe that their favorite team will rise to the lofty level of mediocrity sooner rather than later. 

Jose_Bautista
3 years 9 months ago

Leave it to the Orioles to find ways to screw something up.

3 years 9 months ago

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

gifs now work on disqus? oh man

condolences, orioles fans. here, enjoy this

BumWino
3 years 9 months ago

Must be soccer fans.  Those guys are seriously unstable.

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 9 months ago

DENIED!!

Kitfisto007
3 years 9 months ago

A wild Tony Reagins appears!

Rabbitov
3 years 9 months ago

I hate the content of what you wrote but you get 10000 style points. 

Kitfisto007
3 years 9 months ago

In that case, pray that Peter Angelos decides against using the Master Ball.

3 years 9 months ago

But Tony Reagins health is already in red. Why waste a Master Ball for what an Ultra Ball can do?