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Report: Orioles close to naming Dan Duquette as general manager

Nov 5, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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After being turned down by multiple candidates, the Orioles may have finally found someone willing to head their front office.

According to Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com, the Orioles are close to naming former Expos and Red Sox GM Dan Duquette as their new general manager.

Duquette interviewed for the job yesterday and is reportedly traveling back to Baltimore today in order to finalize a contract.

The Orioles offered the job to Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava earlier this week, but he opted to stay in Toronto. Jerry Dipoto, DeJon Watson and Allard Baird also spurned the O’s interest.

Duquette, now 53, hasn’t worked in MLB since he was fired by the Red Sox back way back in March of 2002, but interviewed for the Angels’ GM vacancy last month and is obviously itching to get back into the game. While he wasn’t the Orioles’ first choice, he has a solid background in scouting and player development, something the team was reportedly aiming for at the beginning of their search.

My only question is, would he bring Pedro Martinez with him again? Because that would be sweet.

  1. Kyle - Nov 5, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Good luck with that, Dan.

    • aceshigh11 - Nov 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      Duquette is good, and the Orioles are a scrappy team.

      The AL East gets tougher relative to other divisions every year.

  2. trbowman - Nov 5, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Report – Orioles to be horrible for another ten years

    • JBerardi - Nov 5, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      So you’re predicting Angelos sells in seven years, then?

  3. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Nov 5, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    A guy who was likely 4th or 5th on the depth chart of Oriole GM candidates, it looks like Baltimore will never turn it around.

  4. Ari Collins - Nov 5, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    It’s sad that Baltimore couldn’t get any of the better candidates, but hopefully for their sake Duquette can turn things around somewhat and make it more attractive for the next GM. Probably, though, Angelos will have to leave before the team can actually turn things around.

  5. joeflaccosunibrow - Nov 5, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    If he can do to Baltimore what he did for the Expos, I’m giddy as a school girl. The Expos had all the talent in the world buy no money to keep it.

    I am all for Pedro coming back ONLY IF he brings that midget he had with him.

    • D.J. Short - Nov 5, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      Unfortunately Nelson de la Rosa passed away a few years ago.

  6. Ben - Nov 5, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    He kind of looks like a constipated Stephen Colbert.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Nov 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM

      Thank God I am not the only one who thought that!

  7. oldpaddy - Nov 5, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Congrats Orioles! I thought Duquette was a very good GM with the Sox. Sox don’t win in ’04 without him (he was responsible for more than 50% of that team). The Dukes only big problem was with his people skills. He has a pretty good record when it comes to free agent signings and draft selections. Then again, it’s been over ten years…

    • Ari Collins - Nov 6, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      Look at the playoff roster, and the team was considerably less than 50% Duquette. But I think we agree that he deserves a good bit of credit for that team as well. It wasn’t until ’07 that the team was 90% Theo.

  8. tpxdmd - Nov 5, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Duke will be in much better shape since Shaughnessy doesn’t write for the Sun. He might get a fair shake.

  9. randomdigits - Nov 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Angelos will not change his ways so anyone he brings in is going to be weighed down by untouchable Angelos cronies on the payroll and a lumbering, glacially slow, internal structure.

  10. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Most people trying to become managers or GM’s would take any job in order to get their first chance. It’s a prettty sad day when a teams management is so messed up that several guys wont take the job.

    • dowhatifeellike - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:24 PM

      I think the guy from Toronto made the situation clear… two interviews and he still decided to stay home.

      • randomdigits - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:31 PM

        LaCava was on board after the first interview.

        He didn’t meet Angelos till the second interview…

  11. ppdoc13 - Nov 5, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Guys didn’t want the job because they would be reporting to buck. It is the typical bass-ackward way the orioles do things

  12. randomdigits - Nov 6, 2011 at 7:09 AM

    Just like with LaCava they had the second meeting and didn’t get his name on the dotted line. They have no real reason to wait but this is just how PA does business. The deal should still get done they just like taking extra time to prove a point.

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