Sources: O's, Showalter continue talks

The Baltimore Orioles have had continuing conversations with ESPN analyst Buck Showalter about their managerial job, another sign that they are closing in on making him an official offer, two sources close to the negotiations have confirmed.

The Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley on June 4 and replaced him with interim manager Juan Samuel.

Samuel, along with former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge, former Texas Rangers and New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine and former Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey each interviewed for the job.

Showalter, 54, is 882-833 as a major league manager. He was twice named Manager of the Year, once in 1994 with the New York Yankees and again in 2004 with the Rangers.

Showalter helped rebuild the Yankees into a power after a down period, leading the team to a first-place finish and two second-place finishes in his final three years in New York.

He was also the primary builder of the fledgling Arizona Diamondbacks in 1997; they went on to win the World Series in 2001.

In 2004, Showalter led the Rangers to 89 wins, 19 more than when he took over two years earlier.

Tim Kurkjian covers baseball for ESPN The Magazine.