The Baltimore Orioles met with New York Mets executive Jim Duquette for five hours on Thursday and both sides seemed optimistic that a deal could be struck. Duquette interviewed with Orioles Executive Vice President Mike Flanagan and team general counsel H. Russell Smouse, and then met for a few minutes with owner Peter Angelos.
"He was very impressive," Angelos said.
Duquette, the Mets' senior vice president of baseball operations, said the Orioles weren't yet sure the official title of the position they hope he would fill but that it was an "upper level management position to be determined."
Angelos said that the person who will fill that role will report directly to Flanagan.
Duquette seemed impressed with Baltimore's presentation.
"They really do have some good young talent, especially in the pitching department," Duquette said.
If Duquette is interested, it's likely the Orioles have offered him some decision-making powers, since he likely would not leave his current job for a lateral position.
Duquette said he didn't know what the time frame would be for filling the position, but felt he would hear from Baltimore soon, possibly by next week.
Meantime, there has been no official word on the status of the coaching staff. Angelos said new manager Sam Perlozzo will pick his coaches. Hitting coach Terry Crowley said he hadn't spoken to Perlozzo since last week, but said, "I'm pretty confident everything will work out."
The Orioles, out of respect for pitching coach Ray Miller -- who on Wednesday had surgery for an aortic aneurysm -- have not yet contacted Atlanta Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone, who is a close friend of Perlozzo. But if Miller decides not to return, one source close to the team said, the Orioles would be interested in Mazzone.