The Nationals also publicly rebutted the report through a spokesperson.
This isn't the first time Duquette has been linked to another front office, as he was rumored to be coveted by Toronto in January 2015. But unlike this time, Duquette did not address the rumors for weeks before admitting it was true at the team's FanFest.
Duquette is signed through 2018, along with manager Buck Showalter.
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