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MacPhail's not sure search ends before season

Despite interviewing candidates Eric Wedge and Bobby Valentine earlier this week, there is no guarantee that the Orioles managerial search finishes before this season concludes, said club president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

He has said previously that he does not have a specified timeline in mind. But the assumption was made that once he started interviewing, a decision would come sooner rather than later.

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That's not necessarily the case.

"I don't know how it is going to play out. We don't know how long it is going to go, too many variables," MacPhail said. "You just made an interim change and then you look at the landscape. I think it depends on your pool of candidates, where you are in the process, how comfortable you are with what your options are."

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MacPhail interviewed Wedge, the former Cleveland Indians manager, on Wednesday and Valentine, the former manager of the New York Mets and Texas Rangers, on Friday. MacPhail said he talked to the two candidates this week to "assess their interest, gather information, neither had a current affiliation with a team that was disruptive."

Those interviews, he said, does not mean that a decision is looming. MacPhail is making the club's six-game road trip to San Francisco and San Diego and said he doesn't expect to conduct any interviews during that time.

"Nothing is scheduled, don't anticipate anything," said MacPhail, who fired Dave Trembley on June 3 and replaced him, on an interim basis, with Juan Samuel.

MacPhail has yet to seek permission from other clubs to interview their staff members as managerial candidates, but reiterated that he would so long as the target is not a current major-league manager. He likely wouldn't seek permission until he gets further along in the decision-making process, however.

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