Orioles president of baseball operations and de facto GM Andy MacPhail is expected to resign at the end of the year, two high-ranking team officials told USA Today.
MacPhail, who has been in his position since 2007, took the team over with more autonomous control of the team than any other GM had under owner Peter Angelos, but despite early progress, was unable to turn the team around, which is a major reason for the parting. CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler says that MacPhail had been expected to resign or be fired all season, with Angelos and MacPhail fed up with each other.
"Let's just get to the end of the year," MacPhail said when asked about his future, "and see what unfolds. We'll see. We'll see. I know there's a lot of speculation, but that comes with the territory."
Manager Buck Showalter, who is believed to have a significant say in who takes over, is not interested in the job for himself.
"You hear all kinds of things,'' Showalter said. "I just hope for the best for Andy. This is not one person's fault. You can't be this bad, for this long, without multiple reasons.''
Baltimore will register its 14th straight losing season by season's end, not what MacPhail envisioned when he took over the job. Building around young pitching, the Orioles were a team to watch over the last few years but their most heralded pitching prospects -- as well as hitting -- have stalled out as of late. Brian Matusz and Nick Markakis, just to name two, have regressed.
MacPhail won two World Series as the GM of the Twins (1987, 1991) and oversaw the Cubs from 1994 to 2006. Chicago replaced MacPhail with Jim Hendry, who was fired earlier this month. The son of former AL president (and Orioles GM) Lee MacPhail has been considered a potential replacement for Bud Selig whenever the commissioner chooses to step down.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeonBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.