Buck Showalter will be the next manager of the Orioles.
A source familiar with the talks confirmed to CBSSports.com that the Orioles are putting the finishing touches on Showalter's contract, and expect to introduce him at a press conference Monday. The Orioles, whose 31-70 record is the worst in baseball, are off Monday and open a seven-game homestand Tuesday against the Angels.
The 54-year-old Showalter last managed in the big leagues with the Rangers, in 2006. He spent 11 seasons with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers, earning a reputation for being able to turn around losing franchises, but never taking any of the teams to the top.
The Yankees and Diamondbacks both won the World Series in the season immediately after Showalter was fired.
Showalter had been considered a strong candidate in Baltimore since soon after the Orioles fired Dave Trembley on June 4. While Juan Samuel won praise for his work as the interim manager, the Orioles went 16-31 on his watch and he wasn't given serious consideration for the full-time job.
Showalter's hiring was never a slam dunk, though.
Sources familiar with the team said that owner Peter Angelos originally favored ex-Oriole Rick Dempsey, thinking that Dempsey would excite the fans and fire up his team. Meanwhile, according to multiple sources, general manager Andy MacPhail wanted to hire ex-Indians manager Eric Wedge.
Angelos apparently was talked out of hiring Dempsey by people who work for him, and Showalter was his second choice. MacPhail was said to strongly believe that the Orioles needed a manager with prior big-league experience, preferably one who had taken a team to the postseason.
Showalter's hiring was first reported by his current employer, ESPN.