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Wednesday July 24th, 2019 5:01AM

Orioles hire Elias from Astros as executive VP, GM

By The Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias has been hired to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles, who traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors.

Elias will carry the title of executive vice president and general manager. He will "oversee all baseball operations for the club and have full autonomy to build his staff and make decisions on all baseball matters," according to the club, which made the announcement Friday in a press release.

Elias comes to Baltimore after working as scouting director and assistant GM in Houston, where he helped transform a last-place team into 2017 World Series champions.

The 35-year-old Elias replaces executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duqette, who was fired with manager Buck Showalter in October after Baltimore's dreadful 47-115 season.

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