Blue Jays cut off talks for Orioles executive Dan Duquette

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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.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.