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LaCava talks about his decision to turn down Orioles

Here's what Toronto Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava had to say to the Sun after he turned the Orioles' offer to become the club's next general manager.

LaCava stressed that the Orioles did everything right in this situation, but ultimately he didn't want to leave the Blue Jays, who many believe are one of the up-and-coming teams in baseball.

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"This was about the Toronto Blue Jays more than it is anything about the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles were classy in everything they did and I think they are going to go down the right path. For me, it was how much I love the Toronto Blue Jays and I really, really treasure my relationship with my general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, and I really want to see this through with him. He created a great atmosphere to work up there, along with president Paul Beeston, and it is very hard to leave them."

LaCava said he wasn't actively searching for a GM job this time around, and was very much interested in the Orioles post.

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"When I decided to interview, it wasn't that I was looking to leave. But there are only 30 GM positions and I was interested in it. When I weighed both at the end of the day, I just didn't feel I could leave the Blue Jays.

"I am working in a great place, a job that I love. It's just as simple as that."


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