Dan Duquette agrees to lead O's baseball ops
Served 10 seasons as general manager with Expos, Red Sox
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' search is over, as former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette agreed to terms on Sunday to fill the position vacated by president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.
Duquette, who was expected to sign a three-year deal to be executive vice president of baseball operations, will be formally introduced at an 11 a.m. ET news conference on Tuesday. The financial terms of his contract, which were being ironed out, were not immediately known.
The 53-year-old Duquette -- who has been out of Major League Baseball since 2002 -- was offered the position on Sunday, when he and the Orioles had a third meeting in regard to the position, although he had emerged as the favorite in the days leading up to that.
The Orioles did not comment on their GM position on Sunday.
|Executive||Pre-hiatus GM job||Post-hiatus GM job|
|Frank Lane||KC A's
|Hank Peters||KC A's
|Dan Duquette||Red Sox
Duquette first interviewed on Friday and flew back to Baltimore to meet with, among others, principal owner Peter Angelos on Saturday afternoon. He met with the Orioles' brass again on Sunday morning, with the expectation being he would leave with the job. The only other candidate who was believed to have met with the interview committee twice was Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava, who was offered the position on Tuesday but declined.
Duquette was farm director for the Expos from 1987-91 and their general manager from 1991-94, when he was hired to be GM by the Red Sox. He traded for pitcher Pedro Martinez twice, first when he was with Montreal and again when he was with Boston, and also acquired Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek for the Red Sox in a trade with the Mariners. As Boston's GM, Duquette also signed Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, and despite being dismissed under the Red Sox new ownership in 2002, helped lay the groundwork for the club that won the World Series in 2004.
After being dismissed by Boston, Duquette opened a sports academy for children in Hinsdale, Mass. He also interviewed for the Angels' GM vacancy and had expressed an interest to return to a front office.
The Orioles were impressed with Duquette's contacts and connections in the game, and his background in scouting and player development -- as well as a heavy presence in Latin America and Asia -- were major pluses for a team with a subpar farm system. Baltimore's scouting and player-development system has come under increasing scrutiny and the club has been unable to keep pace in the international market, a key aspect of trying to succeed with a lower payroll in the American League East.
It is unknown who Duquette will bring with him to join Baltimore's staff, although he is expected to have a strong say in finding a new scouting director, with Joe Jordan having left for Philadelphia. He is expected to work closely with manager Buck Showalter, who places heavy value on scouting and player development, and the Orioles will shift their attention toward the free-agent market and solidifying their Major League coaching staff and Minor League operations.
The cousin of former Orioles vice president of baseball operations Jim Duquette, Dan Duquette was the sixth candidate to interview, coming on the heels of Thursday's meeting with Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock. Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson, Jerry Dipoto and O's director of player development John Stockstill also interviewed. Watson took his name out of contention and Dipoto accepted the GM position with the Angels.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.