Jordan leaves Orioles for Phillies

Replaces LaMar as farm director

Joe Jordan, the Orioles' scouting director since November 2004, has left the organization to replace Chuck LaMar as the Phillies' director of player development.

Jordan's contract expired this year, and the Orioles are looking for a new general manager with the departure of Andy MacPhail, so his departure isn't unexpected. Jordan replaces LaMar, who resigned in early September after two seasons with the organization.

Jordan will work with another Oklahoman, assistant general manager Benny Looper, in guiding the Phillies' farm system. Jordan said via text he's known Looper since "way back to my playing days" in the mid-1980s and that he's "thrilled to work with him and all the people there."

Jordan, 49, has never worked in player development, having scouted since 1997 with the Expos and later the Marlins before working for the Orioles. He also spent three years as an assistant coach at Oklahoma in 1988-90.

"I love talking baseball. I love talking to coaches," Jordan told reporters on a Thursday conference call. "I've been doing a quick study, but I've got a lot of work to do to get as familiar as I want to be, obviously."

The Orioles did not immediately name a new scouting director, a decision that will be left to a new GM.