"One of the benefits, I think, that I've learned in being the last team to pick a manager is when you talk to your friends around the game, they've already got their manager," Elias said. "They've finished their search, so they don't need to hide their notes. We've been able to have very open conversations on who the best candidates are, and who would be a great fit for us and for the Orioles. We've got a great list. I have pared it down quite a bit. We'll see what happens in terms of process and timing, but I feel like we are well past phase one of this search."