Former Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers manager Buck Showalter, now an analyst with ESPN, met Wednesday with Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos and club president Andy MacPhail for three hours about their managerial position, Showalter confirmed.
He had no further comment.
Bobby Valentine, who also interviewed for the job, told the Orioles on Wednesday that he was no longer interested in being a candidate. Eric Wedge has interviewed, but is expected to be interviewed again, this time with Angelos in attendance.
The job is currently held by interim manager Juan Samuel, who replaced Dave Trembley when Trembley was fired by the Orioles on June 2. It is unclear whether the Orioles plan to name a replacement this season, or wait until after the season so the new manager can start fresh. MacPhail said the search for a manager could take all season.
With the worst record in baseball and a barren farm system, the Orioles are a major rebuilding job. A source close to the negotiations said that Showalter might be the leading candidate for the job.
Showalter, 54, is 882-833 as a major league manager. He was named Manager of the Year in 1994 with the Yankees and in 2004 with the Rangers. He helped rebuild the Yankees into a power after a down period, and he was the primary builder of the fledgling Diamondbacks in 1997; Arizona won the World Series in 2001.
In 2004, Showalter led the Rangers to 89 wins, 19 more than when he took over two years earlier.
Tim Kurkjian is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.