A few morning notes

While wondering if there's a way to turn ignored calls and text messages into cash ...

The Rangers failed last night to become the first road team to win Game 7 of the World Series since the Pirates in 1979.

Sorry for the reminder.

Also sorry to see Michael Gonzalez limp off the mound with an injury. He won't win many popularity contests in Baltimore, but he's a standup guy who truly feels bad that he didn't pitch better with the Orioles, and that fans didn't get to see him at his best for much longer than those second-half spurts.

I like reader Mike G.'s suggestion that the Orioles sign a Molina and a closer with a full-blown beard. It's worked for the last two World Series winners.

Free agents can sign with teams beginning on Thursday. Perhaps the Orioles will have a new president of baseball operations by that date.

No other interviews are currently scheduled for this weekend. I won't bore you with the roll call. You've got the four names memorized by now, and you know that Jerry Dipoto fell off the list yesterday.

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports! tweeted yesterday that De Jon Watson had three meetings with the Orioles this week. To clarify, he had one formal interview and two dinners.

You can decide whether the meals - one with a couple of executives Tuesday night and one with manager Buck Showalter Wednesday night - constitute meetings.

From talking to a variety of industry types, it sounds like Tony LaCava has the more easy-going personality of the candidates from outside the organization. Dipoto is regarded as having the strongest personality and the longest stubborn streak, which might have made him more likely to clash with Showalter, though the Orioles didn't seem to hold any concerns.

Not that it matters now. The Angels are hiring Dipoto as their new general manager.

I've been told that, while anything can happen, it's "unlikely" that the Orioles hire both LaCava and De Jon Watson.

A reminder that the Orioles will have to add three players on the 60-day disabled list to their 40-man roster: Jake Arrieta, Brian Roberts and Luke Scott. However, they could choose to non-tender Scott.

The 40-man roster currently has 36 players on it. Matt Wieters is the only catcher.

You'll be able to subtract pending free agents Vladimir Guerrero and Cesar Izturis.

I'd be shocked if Jake Fox and Chris Jakubauskas accepted their outright assignments to Triple-A Norfolk. They can become minor league free agents, and they figure to seek out better opportunities.

Jakubauskas might want to consider how often the Orioles dip into their farm system for pitching help. The door might be opened wider here.

Xavier Avery hit his fourth triple, stole his seventh base and drove in his ninth run yesterday for the Mesa Solar Sox. He went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored and raised his Arizona Fall League average to .263.

Shameless plug alert: If it's Saturday, I must be picking out a sport coat and dress shirt for "Wall to Wall Baseball," which runs from 11 a.m.-noon on MASN.

I'll also be cursing this weather, but only during commercials, so no reason to mute me around the children.

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