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The Orioles Got it Right With Mike Elias

November 15, 2018 - 10:56 am

By Joe Schiller

Less than one month before December’s Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, it looks like the Baltimore Orioles have found their new general manager.

As first reported by Bob Nightengale on Tuesday night, Mike Elias is expected to be named to the position.

It may have taken longer than many fans wanted but it was worth the wait.

Elias was named as the Astros’ assistant general manager in 2016. During that time he led scouting efforts and helped build up the team’s farm system. His efforts were crucial in turning the Astros from a 50-win team from 2011-2013 to World Series Champions in 2017 and the selection of Carlos Correa with the first overall pick in 2012.

Before that, he was apart of building the St. Louis Cardinals into the successful World Series-winning team in the late 2000's.

And Elias isn't expected to come alone. Sig Mejdal, one of the Astros' top analytic minds and a former NASA engineer, is linked to Baltimore. He helped establish Houston's analytics department under general manager Jeff Luhnow. 

In data-driven times where numbers and analytics seem to be at their peak, it’s refreshing to see the Orioles trend in that direction.

Elias is a bright and young mind that the organization needs at the helm. He assumes to have the power to bring in his guys, including selecting the Orioles’ new manager. Houston’s bench coach Joe Espada has been heavily speculated to be one of the top candidates.

The Orioles have a ton of work to do – there's no doubt about it. They have a 40-man roster that desperately needs to be fixed and a farm system that currently ranks among the worst in the league.

But this is a start and Elias will have draft capital to work with – the No. 1 overall pick in 2019 to be exact. 

There's no quick fix, but the growing pains of an impending rebuild are bearable knowing the Orioles are headed in the right direction.