Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager DeJon Watson on Thursday withdrew from consideration for the GM vacancy with the Baltimore Orioles, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed on the condition of anonymity, meaning Watson will return for a sixth season as head of the Dodgers player-development system.
Reached on his cell phone, Watson declined to comment on the matter, leaving it unclear exactly why he no longer was interested in the position.
However, it became apparent that the Orioles' interest in Watson might have been lukewarm after Toronto Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava was the first to be offered the position but turned it down.
Rather than turning at that point to Watson, who was the only remaining candidate from outside the organization, the Orioles instead expanded their field of candidates, even as the window of time in which the Dodgers had given the Orioles permission to talk to Watson was expiring.
Watson flew to Baltimore last week to interview for the position, his second interview for a GM position in just over a year. Watson, who lives in the Phoenix area, previously interviewed for the Arizona Diamondbacks' GM vacancy in 2010, but they eventually hired former San Diego Padres GM Kevin Towers.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.