This story just isn’t going to go away is it?
The Toronto Blue Jays want Baltimore Orioles Executive VP of Baseball Operations, Dan Duquette, to replace Paul Beeston and become their next President and CEO. There’s only one problem, Duquette is under contract with the O’s through 2018.
This job would be a promotion for Duquette and its customary that teams allow coaches and executives to interview or even leave their current position for a job higher up the ladder. Though, they’re under no obligation to do so.
We found out about the Jays interest in Duquette back at the Winter Meetings in December. He told reporters that he planned to honor his contract and Orioles owner Peter Angelos said that the team doesn’t plan on letting Duq go.
After all that, the Jays announced that Beeston would be staying on as CEO in Toronto for another season.
Then, out of no where, Orioles fans got hit with this news:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 14, 2015
Assuming Duquette is able to leave Baltimore and accept this promotion, what should the Orioles expect to get as compensation? SBNation’s Blue Jays blog, BlueBirdBanter.com, threw out an interesting name.
[quote_box_center]I am also interested to see what type of “package” was discussed between the two clubs. It would likely involve an exchange of players. I’m wildly speculating here, but would it also include an opportunity for the Orioles to interview certain Blue Jays front office personnel to fill their general manage position? Tony LaCava can’t be traded per se, but if the Orioles want him and he agrees to go to there (along with a few assistants or scouts) maybe he can be considered part of the deal?[/quote_box_center]
You may remember Tony LaCava as the guy that turned down the Orioles GM opening in 2011 when Andy MacPhail left the organization. I don’t see that happening.
When Theo Epstein left the Red Sox to become the Cubs President, Chicago sent reliever Chris Carpenter to Boston. When the White Sox traded manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins in 2012 they received Double-A reliever Jhan Marinez and Triple-A shortstop Ozzie Martinez in return. When the Blue Jays let manager John Farrell go back to Boston, the Red Sox sent them Mike Aviles.
In other words, don’t expect much.