Duquette reportedly a “top candidate” in Blue Jays’ president search
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who has won two Executive of the Year Awards this winter, is a candidate to become the Blue Jays next CEO and team president according to a report from ESPN.com Sunday morning.
FOXSports.com followed the report and noted that Duquette is “a strong candidate” for the vacancy.
Duquette, who helped engineer the Orioles run to the American League Championship Series this year, was hired by Baltimore in November 2011 and has done a fantastic job. Under his time, the O’s have posted three consecutive winning seasons and both he and manager Buck Showalter signed extensions to keep them in Baltimore through the 2018 season.
Duquette, who started his baseball ops career as a scout for Milwaukee, got his first big gig with the Montreal Expos, serving as player development director. He was later named general manager from 1991-’93 before leaving for the Red Sox GM job the following season, a post he help until 2002.
The Blue Jays vacancy, as FoxSports.com noted, would be considered a promotion for Duquette and it will be interesting to see how this plays out as Toronto tries to replace longtime team president and CEO Paul Beeston.