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Angelos May Be Becoming More Hands-On With Orioles Despite Success Of Duquette

Angelos (c) claims he had nothing to do with the Orioles' recent trade
There "have been indications for months" that Orioles Owner Peter Angelos and his sons have "become more involved in the day-to-day operations of the team," according to Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore SUN. The "puzzle pieces are starting to fit together" following the team's trade on Monday of P Jim Johnson to the A's, and it "looks like they’re going to create a picture that Orioles fans are not going to like." It "certainly appears that Orioles ownership is holding the purse strings so tightly" that Exec VP/Baseball Operations Dan Duquette "had to sidestep a costly arbitration process" for Johnson and make a trade that got "relatively little in return." Angelos on Thursday said that he had "nothing to do with that specific decision and that the makeup of the Orioles roster is entirely the jurisdiction" of Duquette and manager Buck Showalter. Schmuck notes the upper office at the warehouse adjacent to Camden Yards was "reconfigured recently to include an office for Angelos." While that is an ownership prerogative, it "won’t stop people from whispering that the owner is meddling again." Angelos "has every right to make whatever decisions about the team that he wants to make, but things have been going so well over the past two years" under Duquette and Showalter "that this should be an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it situation" (Baltimore SUN, 12/6). Angelos also was recently profiled by SportsBusiness Journal.
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