Orioles manager Buck Showalter and team owner Peter Angelos have met several times to discuss a contract extension, Showalter said on Sunday.
A story in The Baltimore Sun said that Showalter was close to a multi-year contract extension. Showalter didn’t vehemently dispute that characterization.
“There’s nothing pressing,” Showalter said. “We’ve discussed parameters. I just told him I am happy with the direction of the club.”
Showalter wouldn’t predict when an extension would be agreed to.
“There’s a process,” he said. “I wouldn’t say close.”
His discussions with Angelos are wide-ranging ones about the club.
“When Peter and I talk, it’s very open,” he said.
Showalter said there had not been discussions about a post-managerial role with the club.
“Everything has been about managing the ballclub,” Showalter said.
In October after the Orioles were eliminated by the Yankees in the Division Series, Angelos was asked about a possible Showalter extension. "Nobody's more interested in keeping him than I am," he said.
When Showalter arrived in Aug. 2010, he signed a contract that extends through 2013. This one could be for two or three years, maybe more. There are some details that need to be ironed out, he said.
“It’s not about the money or the length of the contract,” Showalter said.
Showalter has spent more time in his Baltimore County home this winter than in years past and he anticipates returning from his Dallas home after the holidays to spend much of next month in Baltimore.
He anticipates that if there is an extension, it will be signed then.
The Orioles have a January mini-camp scheduled as well as FanFest, and Showalter has several speaking engagements in the area.
Showalter has heard the chatter that the Orioles haven’t done enough this winter, but disputes that.
“I like what we’ve done. Some of the best moves you make are ones that you don’t make. We’ve done a lot of things to help the ballclub,” Showalter said.
Showalter, Orioles continue to discuss contract extension
December 23, 2012, 3:45 pm