Valentine says he met with O's

Updated: June 15, 2010, 1:18 AM ET
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ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine said Monday on "The Michael Kay Show" that he has met with the Baltimore Orioles about their vacant manager position.

"I did go down there and I did talk with the owner [Peter Angelos] and the general manager [Andy MacPhail] and they have a whole lot of problems and they seem like they're really putting their heads together to try to solve them somehow, some way," Valentine said on the show.

ESPN The Magazine's Tim Kurkjian first reported the news, saying the two sides met on Friday, according to a source.

Valentine has managed the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and in Japan. He posted a 1,117-1,072 record with Texas and New York, leading the Mets to the World Series in 2000.

Valentine managed the Chiba Lotte Marines from 2004-09. He inherited one of Japanese baseball's worst teams and took them to a league championship in 2005.

Although he hasn't managed in the U.S. since 2002, Valentine has talked with other major league teams about managing, including the Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins, since his return.

The Orioles, who fired manager Dave Trembley on June 4, could pose quite a challenge for Valentine. Baltimore is currently the worst team in baseball, entering Monday at 17-46.

"It's a big challenge," Valentine said on the show. "I like big challenges, but I like to have some reward too, and the reward is in the standings and their standings don't look like they're going to turn around very quickly."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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