Baird withdraws from Orioles search

Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird has withdrawn his name from consideration as general manager of the Orioles.

Baltimore had reportedly requested permission to speak to Baird, who has been with the Red Sox since 2006.

“I was honored the Baltimore Orioles expressed interest in me as a candidate for their GM position,” Baird said. “The opportunity to possibly work side by side with Buck Showalter was very attractive. At the end of the day it came down to my loyalty to the Red Sox [and] Ben Cherington.”

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This is a coup for Cherington. Baird has been behind the acquisition of many players during his tenure with the Sox including Alfredo Aceves last February.

The Orioles did interview former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette today. He has not worked in Major League Baseball since being fired by the Red Sox in 2002.