Orioles hire Dan Duquette as general manager
A former major league executive who had been out of the big leagues for nearly a decade found a match Sunday with a perennial losing franchise which been rejected by at least one of its top executive candidates.
Dan Duquette, who has been credited with building the foundation for the Boston Red Sox winning their first championship in 86 years -- and later their second -- has been hired to try his hand at ending a 14-year losing streak for the Orioles.
A high-ranking Orioles official with knowledge of the negotiations between Duquette and club owner Peter Angelos, confirmed Duquette's hiring.
An announcement is expected Tuesday, the source said.
Angelos declined to comment on Duquette. Duquette could not be reached for comment.
Duquette, 53, replaces Andy MacPhail, who resigned after a disappointing 2011 season. MacPhail had been the president of baseball operations for four-plus years.
After a promising finish in 2010 under newly hired manager Buck Showalter and a fast, if brief, positive start to last season, the Orioles plummeted in the standings for most of the summer before another late-season surge that culminated with their knocking the Red Sox out of playoff contention in the final game of the season.
MacPhail had appeared to get things turned in the right direction when he hired Showalter after the All-Star break in 2010 and the team finished with a 34-23 record in their last 57 games. But the corps of young pitching hopefuls, in particular Brian Matusz, took several steps backward last season.
The hiring of Duquette, who also was credited with rebuilding the Montreal Expos as the team's farm director in the early 1990s, came after the Orioles were turned down by at least one other candidate, Toronto Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava.
According to his cousin Jim Duquette, who was vice president of baseball operations with the Orioles in 2005 and 2006 and worked alongside the late Mike Flanagan, Dan Duquette was a candidate for the Los Angeles Angels' job and had tried to get back into a major league position with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the past couple of years.
Dan Duquette had been running a baseball academy in Massachusetts since he left baseball in 2002.