Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays have ended their pursuit of Orioles executive Dan Duquette because Baltimore asked for 2014 first-round pick Jeff Hoffman and two other prospects in return. Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun says 21-year-old catcher Max Pentecost, also a first-rounder in 2014, was among the players discussed.
The Jays wanted to make Duquette their new CEO and Duquette reportedly wanted to accept the job, but O’s owner Peter Angelos would not let the 56-year-old general manager leave, instead issuing a compensation request Toronto was never going to accept. Hoffman, a 22-year-old starting pitcher, was the ninth overall pick in June out of East Carolina University. Some considered him the top arm in the draft before he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last May.
Duquette was hired in November 2011. The O’s won 93 games in 2012, 85 games in 2013, and their first American League East championship since 1997 last season.
It’s easy to understand why Angelos wanted to keep him.