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Blue Jays end quest for Dan Duquette as president, CEO: report

01/25/2015 04:12 EST | Updated 03/27/2015 05:59 EDT
On Friday, a respected U.S. media outlet suggested that the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles were close to an agreement that would involve player compensation for Dan Duquette becoming the Blue Jays' president and CEO, despite his contract with the Baltimore Orioles that extends through the 2018 season.

This despite adamant statements from Orioles' owner Peter Angelos that Duquette was under contract and going nowhere.

On Sunday, a Canadian report, also from a well-respected source, indicated that any negotiations between the two Major League clubs were over because the Blue Jays refused to part with right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman, the Blues' top 2014 draft choice (ninth overall) and two other prospects.

In between the two conflicting pathways to allowing a baseball executive to move up from a general manager's position to one as club president and CEO, came reports that Paul Beeston, the current Toronto president and CEO, would remain in his role for the 2015 season. Beeston, the first person hired by the Blue Jays' organization,did not have a contract beyond the end of 2014, but was operating out of his Rogers Centre office as usual.

The Blue Jays were involved in player compensation when their former manager John Farrell left after the 2012 season, in a lateral move to become the Boston Red Sox manager. The Blue Jays received infielder Mike Aviles as compensation before sending Aviles to Cleveland along with catcher Jon Gomes for pitcher Esmil Rogers.

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