Melvin talking to other clubs

The search for a new manager isn't the only personnel move brewing in the Orioles front office. The club could be seeking a replacement for Doug Melvin.

The St. Louis Cardinals yesterday received permission from the Orioles to contact Melvin about their general manager's vacancy. That makes two teams interested in talking to the Orioles assistant GM and farm director, who met Monday night with Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer to discuss that club's opening for a GM.


"Right now, you feel good about it," Melvin said. "We'll just have to wait and see."

Melvin discussed the Texas job during a meeting at the suburban Washington home of Schieffer's brother, veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer.


The Rangers haven't announced a timetable for a decision, but Melvin said he was told he'd hear sometime next week. "They have a few more people to interview," he said.

Aside from Melvin, others on the Rangers' list of candidates are said to include Braves scouting director Chuck LaMar, Rockies assistant general manager Walt Jocketty and ex-Astros general manager Bill Wood. Schieffer also has said he will consider the Rangers' acting general manager, Sandy Johnson.

Cardinals president Mark Lamping, who called the Orioles yesterday to inquire about Melvin, could not be reached for comment.

Melvin, 42, has been with the Orioles for nine seasons. As assistant GM, he reports to general manager Roland Hemond and oversees the club's minor-league operations. Over the years, he also has been deeply involved in player moves involving the major-league club.

Melvin, who is under contract to the Orioles through next season, is expected to lose out when Orioles owner Peter Angelos begins his planned restructuring of the front office. Among the scenarios apparently being considered is one to elevate assistant GM Frank Robinson to general manager and to move Hemond into a new job as assistant to the owner.