Duquette up next

The Orioles will interview former Boston Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette for their GM/president vacancy on Friday in Baltimore, according to an industry source. The 53-year-old Duquette–who is currently out of baseball – will be the sixth candidate to take a turn in the interview room, coming on the heels of Thursday’s interview with Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock.

The news was first reported by the Baltimore Sun on Thursday evening, and confirms the notion that Baltimore –the only organization without a GM for the start of free agency – is trying to move quickly in setting up things the second time around.

With Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava declining the Orioles’ offer on Tuesday, Baltimore was forced to go back to the drawing board and bring in more candidates to go along with the only two left standing from the first round: Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson and Baltimore’s director of player development John Stockstill. Neither Watson or Stockstill appear likely to get the position based on the Orioles’ willingness to open the search back up, and a separate source indicated that the organization is aggressively going after more interviewees, with the expectance that Duquette will not be the final candidate.

Duquette served as farm director for the Montreal Expos from 1987-1991 and served as GM after that until ’94, when he was hired by the Red Sox. After being dismissed under Boston’s new ownership in 2002, Duquette opened a sports academy for children in Hinsdale, Mass. He has more than 25 years of experience in baseball, and is the cousin of former Orioles Jim Duquette. Friday’s interview will be the Orioles’ sixth, with Jerry Dipoto –their top choice before withdrawing to take the Angels GM job – the club’s first interview last month.

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