Source: DeJon Watson OK to talk to O's

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have granted the Baltimore Orioles permission to interview DeJon Watson, the Dodgers assistant general manager for player development, for the Orioles' vacant general-manager position, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Friday night on the condition of anonymity.

It isn't immediately clear when or if that interview will take place. Watson didn't immediately respond to a text message from ESPNLosAngeles.com. Both Watson and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti declined to comment on the matter.

Watson previously interviewed for the GM position with the Arizona Diamondbacks, as did fellow Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, late in the 2010 season before that job eventually went to Kevin Towers, who had appeared to be the favorite from the beginning.

Watson, who lives in the Phoenix area, joined the Dodgers front office before the 2007 season as director of player development and shortly thereafter was given the title of assistant GM. He oversees all aspects of the Dodgers' minor league system, a role in which he had no previous experience before Colletti hired him. His background to that point had been in scouting and included stints as the amateur scouting director for the Cincinnati Reds from 1998 to 2000 and the professional scouting director for the Cleveland Indians from 2004 to 2006.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.