Ending a tenuous search for a manager to replace
Hale was bench coach on new Indians manager
But it is Toronto, the big-money spenders of the early offseason, who are coveting Hale, who interviewed with the Jays on Monday, according to the source.
Since he is not currently under contract with the Orioles, the Blue Jays did not need permission to speak with Hale.
The loss of Hale would be a significant hit to the Orioles. He's a respected baseball man who was considered for managerial jobs, but has yet to get one. Hale is also one of the Showalter's more trusted resources when is comes to studying opponents' tendencies.
Hale and hitting coach Jim Presley are the only remaining unsigned coaches, and Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday night he was optimistic the signings would be completed by the end of the week.