Rick Dempsey hasn't decided whether he'll accept an offer from the Orioles to manage in their minor-league system.
With the promotion of Jerry Narron to the major-league coaching staff, the Triple-A Rochester job is the only current vacancy. However, it is believed the Orioles will fill that spot with someone currently in their system and most likely want Dempsey for their Single-A team in Frederick.
Assistant general manager Doug Melvin, who is in charge of minor-league operations, said yesterday that Dempsey had been offered a minor-league managing job, without specifying which one. "It will probably be two or three weeks before we're ready to announce anything," said Melvin.
Reached at his home in California last night, Dempsey confirmed the offer, but said he hadn't made up his mind what he would do.
"I'm very undecided at this point," said Dempsey, 43. "I've got some other offers to think about. I'm going to take a little time before making a decision."
Dempsey makes his permanent home in California, but has considered relocating to the Baltimore area, where he was one of the Orioles' most popular players.
Last year, Dempsey was invited to spring training by the Orioles as a non-roster player and was the last player cut on Opening Day. He was activated when Chris Hoiles broke his wrist June 21 and played in eight games before being released when Mark Parent was recalled from Rochester on July 31.
Dempsey's career spanned four decades -- he broke into the big leagues with Minnesota in 1969 -- and he spent 10 1/2 years in the prime of his career with the Orioles (1976 to 1986). He played with the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers before returning last year.