MacPhail and Showalter met with team owner Peter Angelos for several hours Thursday, but any resolution that might have resulted was not disclosed. One club source said a resolution is getting closer but nothing has been finalized.
It is expected that MacPhail will resign from the post he has held since June 2007, but Angelos apparently wanted to talk with MacPhail about his decision and whether he would consider staying on in another capacity.
The three were also supposed to discuss the best role for Showalter: whether he takes over the president's position and hires a new manager or stays in the dugout and has influence on who is chosen to lead the front office.
Showalter, 55, seems genuinely torn about which way to go, apparently wrestling with which role would provide him with the opportunity to make the biggest impact. He is expected to fly back to Texas on Friday to take care of some family responsibilities and will discuss the opportunity with his wife and two children. He plans to return to the East Coast and Sarasota, Fla., for instructional league Monday.
There has been speculation over the years that MacPhail, 58, would have interest in becoming Major League Baseball's next commissioner. At this point, though, MacPhail likely will take some time off to travel and spend with his family if he leaves the Orioles.
In his four-plus seasons with the Orioles, their record is 307-432 (.415 winning percentage). They finished last in the American League East in each of his four full seasons and fourth in 2007.
If MacPhail does leave, he'll be doing it on a high note. The Orioles' come-from-behind victory against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night to close the season was perhaps the team's most exciting on-field moment during the MacPhail era.
The 4-3 win essentially ended the Red Sox's postseason hopes.
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