SAN DIEGO -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who has won two Executive of the Year Awards this winter, is a strong candidate to become the Blue Jays' next CEO and team president, according to a report from ESPN.com on Sunday morning.
"I'm with the Orioles. I'm here to represent the Orioles at the meetings. Other than that, I have nothing to add," Duquette, signed through 2018, said on MLB Network Radio. "I do have a contract and I've always honored my contract."
Duquette, who helped engineer the Orioles' run to the American League Championship Series this year, was hired by Baltimore in November 2011. Under his watch, 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 held until 2002.
The Blue Jays' vacancy, as FoxSports.com noted, would be considered a promotion for Duquette as Toronto tries to replace longtime team president and CEO Paul Beeston.
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