Baltimore Orioles bench coach Sam Perlozzo is one of the top candidates for the vacant Seattle Mariners' managing job, according to a baseball executive with intimate knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Perlozzo was a candidate for the Mariners' managing position two years ago but lost out to Bob Melvin, who was fired by Seattle last week. Seattle has not yet contacted the Orioles, but Jim Beattie, Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, said he would not stand in the way if Perlozzo wanted to leave for a managing position.

"We would comply with what Sam's wishes were," Beattie said.

Perlozzo is eager for a managing opportunity.

"I'd love to manage that team," said Perlozzo, reached by phone Thursday. "I think I'd fit in. I think I'm ready. I'm ready to go. It's my turn."

Perlozzo has been an Orioles coach for nine seasons and previously worked in Seattle for three years under then-manager Lou Piniella. The baseball executive said Mariners General Manager Bill Bavasi will likely not conduct many interviews, but instead will do heavy research on candidates until the team decided on one to pursue. Though Perlozzo interviewed two years ago with Pat Gillick, Seattle's GM at the time, the source said Perlozzo is still highly respected and is a favorite of the Mariners' front office.

"I'm interested in getting interviewed if I'm a legitimate candidate," Perlozzo said.

Last year, Perlozzo was also strongly considered for the Orioles managing job that went to Lee Mazzilli. The Orioles coach said he has learned from his previous two experiences to be more aggressive in promoting himself.

"I feel able to do that, I just never did," Perlozzo said. "I thought my persona spoke for itself. I am who I am and I think that's plenty good enough."

Orioles Notes: The Orioles are discussing pursuing Grady Fuson, former Texas Rangers assistant general manager and head of scouting and player development, for their recently vacated director of scouting and director of minor league operations positions. The Orioles are still considering combining the two positions and Fuson, who chose not to return to Texas after General Manager John Hart received a contract extension, would seem to be a logical fit. Beattie would not comment on any specific person but said he is in the process of setting up interviews with several candidates for next week.