The Baltimore Orioles finished their front-office shuffling yesterday by announcing the hiring of Joe Jordan as the team's director of scouting. Jordan, formerly a scout for the Florida Marlins, replaces Tony DeMacio, whose contract was not renewed following this past season. The hiring of Jordan follows the appointment of David Stockstill as the team's director of minor league operations.

"It's a opportunity to get out there and run a staff and be in charge of the department," Jordan said. "It's a good day. I'm really excited."

Jordan will be asked to improve on the team's drafts, which have been criticized for failing to produce major league players. Since 1998 only one first-round pick has made it onto the major league roster.

"He came very highly recommended," said Jim Beattie, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations. "I felt very comfortable with him. I think he's very capable of handling the responsibilities and putting together a good draft."

Beattie and Jordan worked together with the Montreal Expos from 1997 to 2001. The Orioles had also interviewed team scout Jeff Taylor and Washington scouting director Lee MacPhail.

One of Jordan's first tasks will be to replace three openings in the scouting department. The team lost its national cross-checker, and northern and southern California scouts. Jordan hopes to fill those positions within the next couple of weeks, with the priority on the national cross-checker position.

-- Jorge Arangure Jr.