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Who are the candidates for Orioles’ top baseball job?

To replace Dan Duquette, the Orioles will look for a new general manager. Here, we’ll look at some possible candidates mentioned by major league sources.

But first we’ll take a look at the man who’ll be the interim general manager during the search.

Brian Graham (pictured above) is in charge of the Orioles’ minor league system as the team’s director of player development. He just completed his sixth season in his current role.

Graham was a coach for the Orioles in 2000 and later served as Pittsburgh’s senior director of player development for six seasons, and briefly served as the Pirates’ interim general manager.

He got high marks from former manager Buck Showalter for his organizational skills, and minor league personnel speak highly of him. His son, Jack, is a coach for the Frederick Keys.

While the Orioles say their new head of baseball operations will come from outside their system, Graham could get an interview.

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Possible Outside candidates

Mike Berger-A professional scout with the Milwaukee Brewers, Berger served as Miami’s interim GM when Dan Jennings moved from GM to field manager.

He played 13 minor league seasons and has also been the director of professional scouting for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Josh Byrnes-The Washington, D.C. native has been the Los Angeles Dodgers’ senior vice president of baseball operations for the past four seasons.

Byrnes has extensive experience as a general manager with Arizona and San Diego.

Ben Cherington-Succeeded Theo Epstein as Boston’s GM in 2011. Under his watch, the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013. Currently the vice president of baseball operations for the Toronto Blue Jays.

His major appeal would be his deep knowledge of the American League East.

Cherington is said to be a candidate for the New York Mets’ GM job.

Ned Colletti-Colletti reportedly interviewed for a job with the Orioles during the summer. He was the Dodgers’ GM for 10 seasons, ending in 2014 and before that was the San Francisco Giants’ assistant GM.

Colletti recently wrote a book, “The Big Chair,” and is a pregame and postgame commentator on Dodgers’ telecasts.

Mike Elias-He’s been Houston’s assistant general manager for scouting and pro development since 2012.

Elias was a left-handed pitcher for Yale and is credited with being the driving force behind the Astros’ selection of Carlos Correa as the first overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Wayne Krivsky-A one-time former GM of the Cincinnati Reds, Krivsky has worked for the Rangers, Mets and Twins.  He spent a year with the Orioles as a special assistant to Andy MacPhail in 2009. Krivsky is out of baseball after serving as a scout for Minnesota.

Tony LaCava-An early advocate of sabermetrics, LaCava has been with Toronto since 2002. LaCava has been the Blue Jays’ senior vice president of baseball operations since 2015.

LaCava was offered the Orioles’ job in 2011 before it was given to Duquette.

Ray Montgomery-Played 47 games for Houston from 1996-98 and has been Milwaukee’s scouting director since 2014. Also worked for Arizona. Montgomery is thought to be a candidate for the Mets’ GM position.

Tim Naehring-Played infield for the Red Sox from 1990-97. After working as Cincinnati’s minor league director, he moved to the New York Yankees. For the past three years, he has been New York’s vice president of baseball operations.

Kim Ng-One-time assistant general manager for the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, Ng has also worked for the Chicago White Sox.

Since 2011, Ng has been the senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball.

She’s interviewed for several GM jobs.

Jack Zduriencik-At 67, the oldest of those mentioned but has more than three decades of front office experience. He’s worked for the Mets, Pirates, Brewers and spent seven years as Seattle’s GM.

He had a controversial ending in Seattle and has resurfaced as co-host of pre- and postgame shows in Pittsburgh and has even filled in as the official scorer for Pirates games.

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