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Orioles: Andy's MASN interview

Gary Thorne's pregame interview with Andy MacPhail didn't include any major revelations, but I did find it interesting that he said major league managerial experience -- and postseason success -- would be a major consideration in the eventual choice of a permanent manager.

So, I guess that rules Juan Samuel out already. That should be no surprise, since it was pretty obvious that he was going to be a true interim. But it doesn't narrow the rest of the assumed field much, since Bobby Valentine, Eric Wedge, Bob Melvin and just about everybody else whose name has been thrown around fits that description.

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MacPhail also said that he has already had trade discussions with a number of teams about some of the veterans on the team, but insisted that no deal would be made just to dump salary. Kevin Millwood, Miguel Tejada and Ty Wigginton all have some value, but MacPhail said they won't go anywhere unless the Orioles can get some real value in return.

I'll take him at his word, but I wouldn't hold out for too much if there is no intention of re-signing the players in question. Theoretically, if the Orioles dealt Tejada, Wiggy and Millwood tomorrow, they would save nearly $10 million that could be added to this winter's free agent budget.

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I hate to concede the season, but if you're going to lose 100-plus games anyway, you might as well just trot some more Triple-A guys out there, lock up that No. 1 overall draft pick next year and get a head start on 2011.

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