We continue to hear chatter about the possibility of Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette leaving to take the CEO job with the Blue Jays. Or, more accurately, the Orioles agreeing to let Duquette go, as he’s still under contract through 2018. While it’s not considered a sure thing, the Orioles are already thinking ahead in case he leaves. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has the scoop:
Despite strong statements Wednesday from Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos that the club is not intent on allowing executive vice president Dan Duquette to leave to become president of the division rival Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles within the last month have compiled an internal list of Plan B options in case Duquette departed.
According to an industry source, that list includes four high-profile former general managers: Ned Colletti, Kevin Towers, Omar Minaya and Kevin Malone, who spent a few years in the mid-1990s as an Orioles assistant general manager.
I know, it’s not exactly an inspiring list of names. Malone is a blast from the past, as he has been out of pro ball since 2001. He previously succeeded Duquette as general manager of the Expos, but that was 20 years ago. Many folks scoffed at the Orioles when they brought in Duquette in November of 2011 after a long absence from MLB, but really, this is the best they can do?
If anything, the good news is that this is believed to be a preliminary list and none of them have been contacted in regard to a potential opening. Connolly writes that a post-Duquette front office would likely have manager Buck Showalter and VP of baseball operations Brady Anderson take on more responsibilities with personnel decisions.