The Baltimore Orioles apparently have their new head man in the front office. Mike Elias, the Asst. General Manager in Houston, appears to be the choice, as first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The move isn’t yet official, but it’s happening.
Elias has a strong background in scouting, and has worked for several different organizations. If you’re going to poach front office talent from any organization, you may as well do it from one of the more recently successful ones in Houston. Elias has met with John and Lou Angelos on various occasions. The brothers are at the owners meetings currently, which could be why the team’s hesitating just a bit to make the move official.
This move could well represent a move towards a more analytical approach to the game, which was lacking in the recent past. Elias will of course hire the next manager, and it’ll be interesting to see if he finds that person in the Houston organization. Time will tell.