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Bill Ladson

Source: Rizzo not contacted by Blue Jays

Source: Rizzo not contacted by Blue Jays

WASHINGTON -- During NatsFest, ESPN reported that the Blue Jays are looking for a team president/CEO and have interest in Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. But a baseball source said the Blue Jays have not contacted Rizzo.

According to ESPN, the Blue Jays are looking to replace Paul Beeston. During the Winter Meetings, Orioles GM Dan Duquette and White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams were speculated as possible candidates.

Rizzo has been with the Nationals since 2006, when he was named the assistant general manager and vice president of baseball operations. By 2009, Rizzo was named the team's GM, replacing Jim Bowden. Under Rizzo, the Nationals have won two division titles and have built a strong farm system that has produced Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.