Report: Blue Jays closer to acquiring Dan Duquette from the Orioles

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Update: Per Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles owner Peter Angelos reiterated that he has no intention on letting Duquette go. Angelos said, “we are not negotiating with [the Blue Jays] in any way.”

Tony Paul of The Detroit News reports that a deal in which the Blue Jays would acquire Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is almost done. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports couldn’t confirm the report, but did say that there is growing optimism that a deal will be done soon. Morosi adds that Duquette is the Jays’ top choice for the CEO position, replacing Paul Beeston.

A report last month indicated that Duquette wanted to leave Baltimore to take the new position. As he is under contract, the two sides have been discussing proper compensation in terms of money and/or players.

Duquette joined the Orioles in November 2011. Since then, the club has made the playoffs twice, including last season when they were swept out of the ALCS by the Royals.